Citrix Synergy kicks off next week and Cisco is once again proud to be a platinum sponsor.  We’ll have an extensive suite of content at the event, and a number of our desktop virtualization and enterprise mobility experts on the ground.

Need a Warm-up for Citrix Synergy?

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 9.57.04 AMBefore we dive into all the Cisco/Synergy goodness, I want to point out that Cisco TechWise TV posted a brand new VDI-focused episode featuring our product manager (Ashok Rajagopalan), lead TME (Mike Brennan) and myself, with TechWise’s Jimmy Ray Purser and Robb Boyd.  The episode does a nice job revisiting what’s new with desktop virtualization, how has the landscape transformed from an infrastructure perspective, and a look behind the scenes at how we put our Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) together.  You can view the session here.

You can also check out this short animated whiteboard video that outlines why Cisco UCS is your best choice for deploying Citrix XenDesktop

If you’ve made plans to be in LA next week, here’s a quick run-down of stuff you should check out.

Stop by the Cisco Booth (#204)!

For real – stop by.  Nothing makes a booth staffer forget about long hours and painful feet like talking to our customers and partners who want to get caught up on Cisco Desktop Virtualization, Networking, and Mobility Solutions.  Demos include:

  • Desktop Virtualization with XenDesktop
  • DaaS with XenDesktop
  • Cisco Mobile Workspace Solution
  • Context-Aware Mobile Apps
  • Layer 4-7 Automation with Cisco APIC
  • APIC EM for Citrix VDI Dynamic Video QoS Management
  • Citrix NetScaler 1000v with vPath
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 RISE and NetScaler

Ask an Engineer – Cisco Validated Designs for Desktop Virtualization

While at the booth, you’ll also get a chance to meet up with our Technical Marketing Engineers who do our Cisco Validated Design Work – Jeff Nichols and Mike Brennan.  Ask for either of them, and they’ll discuss your environment, and how to put it all together.

Cisco Validated Designs (CVD)!

Mike Brennan’s team has been cranking these out and we’ll be covering them in detail at the show – Mike and Jeff have several theater presentations covering:

  • XD7.1 on XenServer-LSI Nytro 200 Seat
  • XD7 on HyperV 2012-VSPEX
  • XD7.1 on ESX5.1-Flexpod
  • XD7.5 on ESX5.5 VSPEX 1000
  • XD7.1 on XenServer6.2 FlexPod
  • XA7.5 on XenServer6.2 500-650 Seat LSI Nytro

Check with our front desk to find out the schedule of when these are offered in our theater.  I should also mention that you can access most of our CVD’s here.

Featured Speaking Sessions

There are two that I want to draw your attention to:

1.) Mike Brennan is presenting “SYN315 – Architecting Citrix Solutions with Cisco, NetApp, EMC, VCE and NVIDIA” on May 7 at 3:30 in ACC Ballroom E.  The session will cover:
-Architecting XenDesktop 7.1 with Cisco UCS, EMC and VCE

-Scaling XenDesktop 7.1 on FlexPod with ESX and Hyper-V
-Best practices for 3D apps with Cisco and NVIDIA

2.)  Jonathan Gilad will present “SYN264 – Move Beyond BYOD to Mobile Workspace with Cisco and Citrix” on May 7 at 1:30pm.  The session will cover:

-How to centrally manage and enforce policy across networks, devices, apps, and content

-How to support high-density mobile access and network-intensive mobile apps

-How to optimize user experience for all app delivery models (native, HTML5, virtual, SaaS)

You can find ALL Cisco-related sessions listed here

Meeting Requests

And finally, do you want to schedule a meeting with our team?  Send a note to citrixsynergyla_meetingrequest@cisco.com or let your Cisco/partner account manager know.

Look forward to seeing you next week!