Have you ever sat in on a TelePresence meeting? It really makes you think about how technology can make distance disappear, and bring together people across a wide geography for the purpose of collaborating and sharing ideas. Such is the case with the National Townhall on Desktop Virtualization I participated in recently, along with VMware.
Seven industry experts from seven US cities, discussing the impact or key learnings of implementing desktop virtualization in government, healthcare and education. I was joined by my colleague Chris Westphal of VMware, and our panelists, bringing firsthand experiences of their journey to desktop virtualization. If you want to attend the interactive webcast of this event, please click here – I think you’ll find it incrementally valuable if you’re on the verge of a pilot, proof of concept or just researching your options.
This experience reminded me of something important regarding the transformation of the user desktop as we know it. Immersive business video is increasingly becoming a modality of enterprise collaboration that workers will depend on to be productive. Consider the fact that ten people had meaningful discourse in this session, without any of them having to board a plane. IP telephony is the same – we can’t imagine a day without access to our phone. So when we talk about using virtual desktops making people more productive, and making business more agile, it makes total sense that we expect by extension of that premise, voice, video and virtual desktops to converge in a single workspace that’s accessible on any device, anywhere. We depend on all of these modalities to be effective, not just one.
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Tags: desktop, education, government, healthcare, TelePresence, thin client, vdi, VMware, vxi
Join your government, education and healthcare peers at the National Town Hall for the Next Generation Workplace event December 15 co-sponsored by Cisco and VMware. This townhall will be hosted online with participants joining via 10 TelePresence locations across the US.
During this free interactive virtual discussion, government, education, and healthcare leaders will share their experiences deploying virtual desktops and the transition to the virtual workplace including specific concerns relative to desktop management, security, policy, and desktop delivery, and gaining control of desktop TCO. The Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) is an end-to-end, tested system that delivers the next generation virtual workspace by unifying virtual desktops, voice, and video.
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Connected Government, desktop virtualization, Virtualization Experience, VMware, vxi
As our customers and partners well know, security has been front-of-mind for Cisco this year. As far back as February, our CEO John Chambers announced that security was to become a top engineering priority for the company. The pace of innovation and development has been rapid ever since.
During the year, we unveiled our context-aware distributed security solution, Secure X, introduced the Cisco Identity Services Engine to simplify management of organization-wide security policies, and we brought new security to branch offices by adding Cisco ISR Cloud Web Security to the Cisco ISR G2 branch router.
We also elevated the role of our amazing Cisco Threat Operations Centers in helping customers chart the escalation and sophistication of security threats designed to exploit new business models that emphasize mobility, social collaboration and cloud computing.
Even with all of this momentum in security, we still saw opportunities to do more; to move faster; and to address our customers’ security challenges more completely.
It’s with those goals in mind, that I am delighted to announce today a senior executive appointment to further strengthen Cisco’s security business. For the first time, the security engineering team will be led by an SVP, reporting directly to me. We are pleased to share that Chris Young will be joining Cisco in on November 14th to fill this new leadership role.
Chris is an outstanding technology, business and security industry leader. He joins us from VMware, where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager, responsible for strategy, products, engineering and delivery across all of VMware’s end user computing solutions.
Prior to joining VMware, Chris served as Senior Vice President, products at RSA, the Security Division of EMC, where he was responsible for strategy, product management, product marketing, engineering and delivery of products across all of RSA’s Identity and Access Assurance, Security Information and Event Management, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC), and Data Security solutions.
While at RSA, he built the company’s highly successful Identity Protection and Verification business, which includes products such as RSA Adaptive Authentication that today protects more than 200 million online bank accounts globally. Chris’ role grew to include responsibility for all products in the RSA portfolio and during his tenure he led several successful acquisitions, including Cyota Inc., Passmark and Archer Technologies among others.
Chris will assume responsibility for a new integrated security engineering team and for Cisco’s overall security vision. His new team combines our security technologies group and our global government security solutions into a single entity.
As we welcome Chris, we say goodbye to Tom Gillis, VP of our security technologies business unit. Tom joined Cisco through our acquisition of Ironport and has been instrumental in driving our overall security business thus far. Tom is keen to pursue his entrepreneurial passion outside Cisco. We thank Tom for his leadership and wish him well in his future endeavors.
We said during our Q2 earnings call that we would continue to take further actions that allow us to address market transitions with greater speed, agility and consistency. Today’s news is a good example of that commitment: we are evolving our operating model and investing in and strengthening our team with new talent in the process. We look forward to welcoming you to Cisco, Chris!
Tags: Chris Young, Cisco, RSA, security, VMware
Dateline Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Citrix Summit and Synergy, October 2011
Last post I said I’d get back to you to give you, at least, my opinion of why Citrix and Cisco are partnering up. As you might have seen from the dateline above, it’s easy to find out when you get to Citrix Summit and Synergy. It has to do with the global and ubiquitous Cisco networks deployed by organizations everywhere. Citrix is doing great with XenApp (last I heard, well over 50,000,000 licenses) and is poised to do even better with XenDesktop.
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Tags: citrix, desktop virtualization, ICA, ISR, NME-WAE, PCOIP, QoS, RDP, SRE, View, Virtual Experience Client, VMware, vxc, vxi, waas, WAN Optimization, XenApp, xendesktop
It’s the week before VMworld Copenhagen, and there’s already a lot of buzz around the big VXI news that came out today. If you missed it, you can get access to the web event via the Cisco Collaboration Launch Experience page here. I’ll get back to Copenhagen in a minute, but let’s take a moment to discuss why these announcements have such a significant impact on delivering what we call the next-generation virtual workspace…
Last fall, we introduced VXI, delivering a groundbreaking system-level approach for simplifying and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops to any end point, leveraging the industry’s fastest growing compute infrastructure purpose-built for large scale, high-performance virtualization, the Cisco Unified Computing System. We also announced our new portfolio of Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC’s) providing new device form factors and capabilities not previously seen in the marketplace, underpinned by an end-to-end validated design that takes the guesswork out of moving from a small pilot to full-scale production.
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Tags: citrix, collaboration, UCS, vdi, VMware, vxc, vxi