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Video and Virtualization: Just Another Day at Citrix Synergy

May 26, 2011
at 6:03 pm PST

If what I saw at the Citrix Synergy conference in San Francisco this week is any indication of what will be coming soon, I’d better invest in a personal hairstylist.

With video becoming more and more prevalent on the network, whether it be mobile phones, Cisco Cius and other tablets, IP phones, or TelePresence – there isn’t a question of whether or not video is here to stay. But one question remains: Is your network ready? (And maybe one more question: how does my hair look?)

If your customers haven’t prepared their networks yet, here’s something that might give them the extra boost that they need: Cisco’s Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecasted that videos will account for 90% of network traffic by 2013.

By selling Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), you’ll help customers prepare for that change. We visited the Cisco booth at the conference and caught up with Cisco’s Operations Director Jeff Platon. He gave us a full tour of the end-to-end VXI system with products that utilize high-definition video.

Watch the full tour:

What else did we see at Citrix Synergy?

We learned more about VXI and how it encompasses the technologies of Cisco’s borderless networks, collaboration, and data center architectures. Tie that in with the technologies of Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware and you’ve got a solution that offers end-to-end security, management, and automation allowing the delivery of applications to any device.

At the Cisco booth, Jeff also showed us a number of gadgets such as:

  • The Cisco Unified IP Phone 9971, integrated with Zero Client,
  • The Cisco Cius, a business tablet designed to be centrally managed from the enterprise.
  • And the highly portable Citrix XenDesktop, which can be accessed from a Cisco Cius or any number of mobile devices. In fact, Cisco hosted 500 of these virtual desktops in the transformation lab for the event.

While we were at the Cisco booth, we also chatted with Cisco’s Product Manager Ashok Rajagopalan, he showed us the Unified Computing System (UCS). There are a few aspects that he pointed out to us about UCS:

  • UCS has the seemless ability to move from a pilot to production phase in a matter of minutes. UCS manager provides the notion of service profiles which can configure the underlying infrastructure and can be seamlessly applied in a repetitive fashion.
  • The memory density on the plates can house 110 VMs comfortably. At the Cisco booth, Ashok showed us four blades in the system running 450 to 500 virtual desktops!
  • UCS also has complete integration with storage vendors as well as access layers infrastructure.

Most importantly, Ashok emphasized that Cisco has made it very easy for partners to absorb this information. Sizing guides can help properly size the system based on your customer’s compute and storage requirements. You won’t have to spend time piecing the parts together as everything is available in a bundle.

The solutions we saw offer partners the promise of differentiation and the ability to offer customers solutions that are both flexible and dynamic.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Citrix Synergy. Did you attend the event this week? Which product captured your attention?

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