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The Post-PC Era is Giving Birth to the New Virtual Workspace

October 12, 2011 at 5:00 am PST

It’s an exciting day at Cisco because today the company unveiled the next phase of its Virtualization Experience Infrastructure with host of innovations that are bringing the new virtual workspace to life.

What does this virtual workspace look like?

  • First of all, it’s all about the experience: giving end users a way to actually enjoy exceptional voice and video collaboration in a virtualized desktop environment.
  • It’s about simplicity: how can we help IT support a data center infrastructure that can host ever-increasing numbers of virtual desktops with simplicity, scalability, security.
  • And, it’s about giving IT the tools they need to deploy with confidence: providing customers with innovative ways to speed large scale deployments.

To find out what we are doing in each one of these areas, take a moment to watch this video featuring Roberto De La Mora, senior director, Collaboration Solutions Marketing, Cisco.

You can also learn more by reading the press release or visiting the Virtual Launch Experience, where you can see demonstrations of newly announced products, ask Cisco product experts questions about our latest introductions, or attend an in-depth technical briefing.

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Can an Alliance make Desktop Virtualization Easier? Gary says yes!

Today, Cisco announced a strategic alliance with Citrix focused on helping customers simplify and accelerate large-scale desktop virtualization deployments—which means the companies will work across a broad range of technology areas, including datacenter, networking, devices, multimedia to deliver more integrated desktop virtualizations solutions.

Sounds nice, but I wanted to know than just vision, so I met with Gary Borad, Cisco’s the partner manager supporting the Citrix relationship to hear how Cisco and Citrix actually hope to deliver on this vision.  Here is what he said…
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The Role of the Network in Desktop Virtualization

Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) includes Cisco Collaboration, Borderless Networks and Data Center solutions for true end-to-end virtualization. Join us today for our discussion with Cisco product manager Eric Wolff on the role of the network in Cisco’s desktop virtualization solution.

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What is the Cisco Virtualization Experience Client and Why is it Important to Businesses?

Cisco’s desktop virtualization solution, the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), provides secure anytime, anywhere access to hosted desktops for a large and mobile workforce. In the video below, Cisco’s Senior Director of Product Management, PJ Barber, shares how the Cisco Virtualization Experience Client (VXC) fits into that solution, why it is important to customers and what customers are asking for.

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Cisco VXI Tour: APAC Update

Many of us here on the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) team are excited about upcoming news around Cisco’s virtualization solutions. And the Cisco VXI message gets amplified further at VMworld Copenhagen (Oct 18) and Citrix Synergy Barcelona (Oct 25).

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Here is a quick video summary that my wife, Beth Dooley, helped me record a few hours after returning home (Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, California) from my VXI Experience Tour in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The video was shot from our backyard deck. The original was 10 mins in length but we cut it down to just the first 3 mins:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ6Ih_WNGVg

During this VXI tour in APAC,  I delivered our message to 10 sessions, 3 countries (Singapore, Japan, Korea) with hundreds of customers, partners, and internal Cisco teams. Siva Mandalam (Director, Cisco Enterprise Architecture & Systems) delivered our message in India the week before. PJ Barber (Director, Cisco Desktop Virtualization) delivers our message in Australia this week.

Prior to this trip, the Cisco team was expecting the vast majority of its near-term revenue, partner activity and customer interest for VXI to be concentrated in North America and Europe. After this APAC tour, it’s obvious there are some big things happening in Asia.  Many could argue that the most mature countries in the APAC region for desktop virtualization adoption would be Australia and India.  However, we’re seeing early signs of positive growth in Korea, Japan, and parts of China and SouthEast Asia as well.

In Japan, the attendance and interest exceeded everyone’s expectation with sessions in the hundreds leaving standing room only.  In Korea, the teams were not only enthusiastic but they could see beyond just hosted virtual desktops and how this architecture applied to their overall “cloud” initiatives. In recent years, Korea has taken an innovation leadership role in areas such as automobiles, home appliances, consumer electronics, Internet broadband delivery, mobile handsets, and a variety of Post-PC devices from companies like Samsung and LG. Also, Korea’s modern culture is a strikingly unique blend of old tradition and new innovation. You can see this blending of old and new not only in their technology landscape but it extends into their music, fashion, and films. Cisco VXI is in many ways a blending of old (Windows PCs and legacy applications) and new (virtual workspaces using collaborative networking and cloud-based computing).

In my opinion, Korea is a country to watch for the next 12-18 months in this area. I could see at least one or two of Korea’s leading industries emerge as a guiding light for how businesses can move into the Post-PC area, deliver unique collaboration services, and embrace cloud computing in a way that we have not seen before.

Overall: the APAC region leveraging Cisco VXI has all the ingredients to be a significant portion of “first-mover” Enterprises and Service Providers in the Post-PC era. The proliferation of next generation devices are well suited for VXI when combined with rich collaboration services using high-performance networks and clouds. We just need to help convert this beaming enthusiasm into action. Amazing new developments are sure to come out of Asia, yet again.

Doug Dooley

Cisco Systems — Director, Desktop Virtualization

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