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Citrix Synergy 2012 – Find out how Cisco and NetApp are accelerating Citrix XenDesktop


This week Cisco and NetApp will be at Citrix Synergy – So I asked  Abhinav Joshi, Sr Product Manager, Desktop Virtualization , NetApp to tell us more about NetApp participation, and what the collaboration between the 3 companies means for the customers. 


I am honored to be a guest blogger on Cisco’s leading data center and cloud blog site. My name is Abhinav Joshi, and I am the Product Manager for Desktop Virtualization Solutions at NetApp with key focus on Citrix. I work very closely with Cisco and Citrix to jointly define, develop, and roll out innovative and cost effective desktop virtualization solutions and integrations e.g. the popular Citrix XenDesktop on FlexPod solution. Some of you may remember me from my previous life as a Cisco blogger on this site J

FlexPod, a data center platform jointly developed by Cisco and NetApp and delivered by 100s of channel partners has been accelerating private cloud adoption worldwide. In an year and a half since it was launched, FlexPod has grown to more than 850 customers and 500 partners worldwide.WOW!!!

I want to highlight that Desktop Virtualization on Citrix XenDesktop across various FlexCast delivery models has been one of the key customer initiatives driving the growth of FlexPod. Adoption of FlexPod at University of Tennessee and John Holland Group are some great examples of Why Citrix XenDesktop rocks on FlexPod. I wish I could list out all the deployments without getting into any trouble. J

You can find all about “Why and how FlexPod is accelerating Citrix XenDesktop deployments worldwide” at Citrix Synergy 2012 event in San Francisco next week. Jointly between Citrix, Cisco, and NetApp, we have planned lot of exciting activities including five hour technical boot camps, several technology demos, speaking sessions, and customer panel to help you understand how the three companies are jointly accelerating the adoption of Desktop Virtualization on XenDesktop. Here are the different ways you can educated on our joint solutions at the show. I would highly encourage you to attend all or some of these opportunities:

#1. Technical Boot camp on Cisco UCS, NetApp, and Citrix XenDesktop

This is a 5.5 hour boot camp jointly developed and delivered by the awesome virtual team from Cisco, Citrix, and NetApp. It’s a lecture + hands on lab on Cisco UCS, NetApp, and Citrix XenDesktop technologies. You will also get opportunity to have hands on experience with a new and exciting, yet to be released, NetApp product around Citrix XenServer/XenDesktop that we are bringing to the market later this summer. Because of the popular demand, this boot camp is being offered five times during the show. The session number is SYN620W and you can register it here (620W). For details, check out this great blog from Bhumik Patel, Citrix’s lead architect on this Cisco, Citrix, and NetApp boot camp.

#2. NetApp led Customer Panel on Wednesday, May 9 (2:30PM-3:15PM)

This will be a very interactive customer Q&A panel which includes Cisco/Citrix/NetApp customer from media and publishing industry, NetApp and Citrix customer from healthcare industry, analysts from ESG, and lead architect from one of our leading channel partners. The session number is SYN803.

#3. “Why XenDesktop on FlexPod” presentation in the Cisco booth on Thursday, May 10 (2PM)

This is a quick, rapid fire 15 minute session in the Cisco booth in the Solutions Expo area. I will be speaking on the FlexPod secret sauce to accelerate XenDesktop deployments worldwide.

#4. Demos in the NetApp booth in the Solutions Expo area
Please stop by the NetApp booth to see demos of our solution in action. This also includes our new and exciting, yet to be released integration with Citrix XenDesktop/XenServer that will further accelerate XenDesktop deployments on FlexPod.

#5. NetApp and Citrix Session on High-performance storage solutions for desktop transformation, Friday, May 11 (10AM)

This is a joint session by Citrix and NetApp where you will get opportunity to learn about our joint solution, which is an essential component of FlexPod.

I am very excited about the Cisco/Citrix/NetApp momentum at Citrix Synergy 2012 next week. I will be spending lot of my time at the NetApp booth and would love the opportunity to discuss your business needs and how the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod solution help accelerate your Citrix XenDesktop deployments like several other customers are enjoying the benefits already.

See you at Citrix Synergy this  week.



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