The month of May holds a special attraction for me with two premier Cisco partner events, ServiceNow’s Knowledge18 in Vegas, and Citrix Synergy 2018 in Anaheim.  Both are scheduled for the same week, May 7 – 11.

As for me, I plan to be in Anaheim next week to take part in all the excitement Citrix Synergy 2018 brings to town. Several of the technology alliance partners I work with on the Cisco ACI, UCS, Hyperfelx, Tetration and Network Assurance Engine front will be at the Citrix event. Amidst these synergies, I want to bring to your attention to the significance of this year’s Citrix Synergy event.

Citrix CEO, David Henshall, kick starts the event with his visionary keynote on May 8, at 9 AM. David will focus on Citrix’ relentless focus on a single driving principle: making your apps and data secure, and easy to access anywhere, at any time. And with the increased threat of cyber-security, the keynote will also focus on the need for a trusted, people-centric security framework that expands the traditional security perimeter into the cloud,  across multiple devices and networks.  The emphasis on secure digital perimeter is significant, and I want to call your attention to the “Secure perimeter leadership award” we won at Citrix Summit 2018, and how well we aligned with Citrix’s vision and roadmap.

Along with Citrix CEO, several dignitaries take the stage at Citrix Synergy 2018 this year as super session speakers. Notable among them are former US secretary of state, Dr.Condoleezza Rice, and NY times bestselling author, Michael Lewis. Citrix Exec PJ Hough, Chief product Officer, will deliver the technology keynote and share insights into how Citrix helps you plot a course to success in moving to a cloud-first world, no matter the approach – hybrid, multi, virtual.

Citrix Synergy 2018 is particularly exciting to me as our joint solutions with Citrix featuring Cisco technologies UCS, Hyperflex, ACI and Tetration Analytics have picked up considerable customer momentum since their market introduction. Ameritas, Okada Manila, YRC freight, Woolworth, DU and several other top customers have recently given testimonials on their positive experiences with the ACI-NetScaler joint solution, and I look forward to hearing more of these at the event.

Technology training, access to industry’s top thought leaders, and a customizable agenda make Citrix Synergy a valuable investment of time year after year.

What’s top of mind from a Cisco Exec participation at Synergy? We’re excited to have Jeremy Foster, Director of Operations, Sales at Cisco lead a session titled “Realize your future today with Cisco technology”, May 9, 3.30 PM local time. Jeremy will enlighten customers on how Cisco data center technologies can help them in their digital transformation journey. Attend this session to hear the latest updates on Cisco’s compute platforms including our award winning Hyperconverged solution, HyperFlex.  You will learn about Cisco’s latest announcement for HyperFlex, see a demo highlighting our performance and ability to scale in multiple dimensions, how we automate capabilities, and help with Citrix workload placement in a multi-cloud environment.  Join this fun and educational session and you may be walking away with an Apple iPad!

This year we have a new opportunity to present at the prestigious Citrix experience theater. Cisco expert Ahmed Dessouki will present the ACI-NetScaler solution, its key architectural foundations, flexible deployment options and in particular will give an in-depth view of the Cloud Orchestrator deployment mode. Do not miss this unique session on May 9, 1.30 PM local time.

I do not want to take away all the excitement by divulging everything, so I ask you to attend in person to get the full, immersive experience.

Besides the keynote and speaking sessions, the world of solutions beckons you with a wide range of technology showcase solutions from industry-leading vendors. I want to welcome you to the Cisco booth #306 where the action is unlimited. This year we are offering solution demos and Mini-Theater presentations featuring Citrix Cloud on HyperFlex, Cloud orchestration and Analytics (ACI, Tetration, NetScaler) and Windows 10 migration to name the key ones.

In particular, check out our demos featuring the four modes of deployment we have introduced recently with the Cisco ACI- Citrix NetScaler joint solution, and in particular, ask us about the hot-off-the-press “cloud orchestrator mode” at our ACI demo booth. Read my blog and the solution overview on flexible deployment modes.  Stop by our booth #306 and get a live demo from our experts, and learn how to automate the deployment of NetScaler L4-L7 services using ACI policy framework.  There is never a dull moment at our booth this year. Come and see Cisco UCS, HyperFlex with Citrix desktop virtualization, and Nvidia GPU demos as they offer the latest in technology innovations from Cisco and our partners.

In addition, we will provide you with quick overview presentations at our mini theater that run around the clock. These daily presentations on ACI-NetScaler, and Tetration-NetScaler joint solutions will complement the insights you gain via demos.

And let’s not forget, it’s not all about work!  Make time for the entertainment scene with an uber-cool, music-filled Final Night Party at House of Blues Anaheim, and get ready for a jam session like no other you’ve ever experienced with performances by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Taj Mahal, and Javier Colon!

Final Night Party schedule
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
House of Blues

I look forward to seeing you all in person next week.

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Ravi Balakrishnan

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Datacenter Solutions