Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco. The conference was buzzing with the latest innovations for desktop virtualization, data center and cloud.
Secure desktop virtualization infrastructure is compelling for government agencies seeking strategies to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, and provide control and security of centralized desktops and mobile multi-media clients.
Highlights from the event included:
- Michael Mestrovich, CIO Defense Intelligence Agency, discussed in his keynote challenges faced by defense and intelligence agencies and strategies to secure virtual desktops
- Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) demonstrations in our booth and the “Transformation Lab” hosting 500 virtual desktops
- Many compelling sessions including the Cisco VXI panel
Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI)
Cisco has developed a robust and secure desktop virtualization solution with Citrix and was chosen as a Citrix Ready Partner Solution of the Year Finalist. We are now shipping our first VXC zero clients with Citrix ICA support and Cisco Cius for mobile workers that need desktop and collaboration services with them wherever they go. A new Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) is available for Cisco VXI with Citrix XenDesktop, supporting XD 5.0 and XenApp 6 to ease the deployment of XenDesktop virtual desktops, together with Cisco Unified Communications and Collaboration services to help ensure end-to-end availability, security, and data center efficiency.
Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
Cisco UCS was featured at the event including the capability to move from pilot to production phase in a matter of minutes. Service profiles can configure the underlying infrastructure and can be seamlessly applied in a repetitive fashion.
Very exciting, last week IDC reported in less than two years after UCS first shipped in July 2009, Cisco holds the third position in global market share in x86 blade server factory revenue as of Q1 CY11, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2011. Furthermore, customers worldwide shifted over 10% of the x86 blade market to UCS, and in the U.S. nearly 20%
If you didn’t get a chance to attend Synergy this year, check out this Cisco Channels blog featuring Cisco’s Jeff Platon.