Today’s Day 2 keynote at Microsoft’s Management Summit (MMS) here in Las Vegas focused on the world of connected devices and how IT organizations struggle at times to deliver quality services based on the demands of our anytime, anywhere, always on world.
One solution being demonstrated this week at MMS helps to resolve some of these issues. The Citrix XenDesktop on FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud solution is a joint effort between Cisco, Citrix, and NetApp in the Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) area. The solution helps to simplify, secure, and scale desktop virtualization on Cisco’s agile data center infrastructure based on Cisco UCS while also incorporating storage assets from NetApp and desktop assets from Citrix. All based on a Windows Server, System Center (including support for System Center 2012!), and Hyper-V environment.
This combination of technologies from Cisco, Citrix, Microsoft, and NetApp has produced a highly efficient, robust and scalable Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for a hosted virtual desktop deployment. To learn more details about this new offering, please download the publicly available reference architecture at the link below:
Tags: Cisco UCS, citrix, FlexPod, Hyper-V, Microsoft, netapp, nexus, vdi
Today’s announcement that Citrix is dropping support for OpenStack has reverberated through the clouderati sphere like a new Justin Bieber song through my niece’s third grade class. Super important but will not matter much when the next idol arrives.
In any case, a lot of smart people have written about it. I’ll leave them to explain the whole thing.
Cloud Avenue has a good in-depth coverage post. And so does James Staten of Forrester. Randy Bias also weighs in as well. I’m sure I’m missing other worthy commentators.
But the post that most caught my attention came from Thorsten at Rightscale‘s. We both share something in common: we both build products that connect to cloud API’s. Including vendor who have API’s that claim to be compatible EC2. This experience, I think provides a useful point of view when thinking about API compatibility. Not to mention it creates a jaundiced view of the human soul.
I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it again: it’s the semantics of the resources in the cloud that matter, not the syntax of the API. This means that “API compatibility” has to reach very, very deep to be meaningful. Let me give you a couple of examples around EC2.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud, citrix, cloud, Cloud Management, data center, intelligent automation, orchestration, unified management, virtualization
At Enterprise Connect last week, Cisco Jabber and Cisco TelePresence weren’t the only stars of the show. Cisco’s desktop virtualization thin clients, Cisco Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC), were getting quite a bit of attention also. Some may find this surprising since Enterprise Connect has traditionally been considered a “voice” show. But just as the market has moved beyond voice to more mobile, social and visual collaboration, it has also evolved to a world of virtual collaboration. With the resulting unexpected benefit of unification of the complete office desktop, which in turn enables a variety of mobile strategies, many companies are now reconsidering their virtual desktop projects as voice and video become a must have for the users.
Last year at Enterprise Connect, we discussed how Cisco is helping customers address the challenges with Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), Cisco’s end to end virtual workspace solution with new desktop virtualization clients. In addition to the VXC 2000 series that were featured on the Exhibition Hall, we offered Cisco NDA sessions on VXI, where we demonstrated a new thin client we were working on, VXC 6215.
Last week, we demoed this new device in the Enterprise Connect Exhibit Hall and got a lot of interest from the conference attendees. The attendees immediately understood the value of VXC 6215, which unifies virtual desktops with voice and video, all in one device, without compromising the user experience. Many of them used the word “smart” to describe how VXC 6215 eliminates the classic “hairpin” issue that is associated with today’s traditional desktop virtualization thin clients when voice and video is not separated from the display protocol. With VXC 6215, we’ve applied the network intelligence to route voice and video traffic, point to point, without traversing back to the data center.
VXC 6215 is available and shipping today. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, citrix, collaboration, vdi, virtualization, virtualized desktop infrastructure, vxc, vxi
The industry is buzzing about the “post-PC era,” but some customers I talk to object to the term because it’s not just about the PC. The entire compute stack has changed fundamentally – new devices, server architectures, and operating systems have exploded onto the scene.
The post-PC era is really about a new experience – a change in the way people are using apps, devices, and the network to connect with people and information.
As business people choose alternatives to the PC (and alternatives like cloud computing), we at Cisco believe their experience can’t be compromised. It has to surpass the PC / client-server paradigm.
The Cisco Cius and our latest advance in the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure are very different solutions that offer business advantage in the post-PC era. Let me tell you why.
The Cisco Cius is an enterprise collaboration device for business that integrates mobile video, voice and virtualization into a single device. Its multi-touch tablet form factor allows mobility while delivering a powerful user experience.
It securely delivers my virtual desktop and all my business apps – as well as voice and HD video calls – in a mobile device. Depending on where I’m going, I can leave the laptop at home.
Cisco’s App Developer Program
Since its launch, Cisco Cius has really beefed up its applications profile while maintaining enterprise data security (and believe me, IT loves the security and manageability of the Cius).
At Cisco Live in July, we announced AppHQ, the industry’s first enterprise applications marketplace. Android developers are seeing how simple and powerful AppHQ really is, and as a result, hundreds of mobile business apps are being created, managed, and deployed quickly and securely. (Soon I predict there will be thousands.)
Wyse’s “PocketCloud” Remote Desktop App for Cius
In late September, Wyse announced their PocketCloud solution for Cius available via AppHQ – it lets you securely access, search, control, and edit the files stored on your computer from anywhere. I love it. It’s no surprise why PC World named Wyse PocketCloud the ‘best by far’ remote desktop Android application.
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Tags: Cisco, citrix, Cius, enterprise tablet, post-pc, virtualization, wyse
Tomorrow, Wednesday November 16th, we’re having a live webcast, “Getting Rid of Repeats: How Cisco DRE Helps Optimize Performance”, going over the technical details behind the advanced caching technology in Cisco WAAS Context Aware Data Redundancy Elimination (DRE).
Show hosts Noam Syrkin WAAS expert (and recent video datasheet star) and Jimmy Ray Purser of Techwise TV fame give an “under-the-hood” review of this new Context-Aware DRE technology, as well as a look at how this and other technologies within our WAN Optimization solutions are bringing big opportunities to the enterprise network. Read More »
Tags: citrix, virtual desktops, waas, webinar