Citrix Summit Barcelona 2012 – day 1

Citrix Summit Barcelona 2012

Citrix Summit Barcelona 2012

The first day of Citrix Summit is past as I write this summary.

CloudPlatform

For me the Summit started with Learning Lab session SUM602W, which guided me very well through all the steps to take with CloudPlatform to build my own highly scalable and reliable Amazon-style cloud. With the step-by-step guide I quite quickly had my own CloudPlatform up and running and was checking out the different options it offers you to set up templates, customers, zones and business models. I would love to be able to design and build an use-case with CloudPlatform. Especially when the next release is out and support for XenServer’s workload balancer is implemented as well, integrating with the XenServer 6.1 engine and API, and the additional NetScaler integration they have planned to allow predefined load balancing rules and even allow the NetScaler to dynamically add extra VM instances to the pool to increase capacity for webservers (based upon the CloudPlatform integration) and also ensure those same webservers are added to the existing NetScaler load balancing rules to actively use those newly created VM to spread the additional web requests to the newly available capacity.

 

How’s that for some nice features to be seen in CloudPlatform and NetScaler future editions!

ShareFile

After my lab I planned a quick trip to the hotel to drop off my backpack and settle for the lighter shoulderbag version for the remaining sessions. Unfortunately that took a little more time than planned, so I entered the next session (SUM201) a bit late and did not have the best seat in the back of the room. So I did not get all the news on the ShareFile features. I did understand that the On-premises feature of ShareFile is not currently integrated with Citrix Receiver, an update to support it is scheduled for later this quarter. The demo did not answer all my questions, so I still need to do some more reading on the requirements that were mentioned as one did mention the need for a public addressable internet address. Which to me seems as a little odd requirement for an exclusive on-premises implementation. So I’ll try to get some more details on that requirement at the demo pods this week.

RemotePC

After ShareFile, I went to SUM239 to check out the latest news on RemotePC. A very clear and understandable session on how RemotePC is part of the FlexCast model as the Physical solution. If you want to try out RemotePC, you might just want to download the XenDesktop express (with Feature Pack 1) version, which gives you the latest (FP1) VDA with RemotePC support.

Summit Welcome Address

And the day was closed with a Summit Welcome Address. During that session Mark Templeton took the stage as well to tell us the story of the Why, How and What. (see the video of Simon Synek’s presentation at TED.
You can watch Mark Templeton’s presentation during the Plenary session on youtube: here

Partner Appreciation party

I did attend the Partner Appreciation party as well, meeting with alot of dutch (DUCUG) community members while enjoying tapas, drinks and some great conversations.

 

A good start of this years event, with alot more to come…

Esther Barthel
Senior Consultant at PepperByte

Esther has been working in different roles and functions as an IT consultant ever since she finished her Masters degree in Computer Science in 1997. She has worked as a web developer, database administrator, and server administrator until she discovered how Server-Based Computing ( SBC ) combined servers, desktops, and user experience in one solution. Esther has been specializing in virtualization solutions such as SBC, VDI, application, and server virtualization for over eight years now and is currently working as a Senior Consultant at PepperByte, where she designs and implements Citrix® solutions for both small-business and large-enterprise infrastructures scaling from 100 to 15,000 users.
In january 2014 her first book Citrix XenApp 6.5 Expert Cookbook was published by Packt Publishing.

Esther is awarded as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) from 2015 - 2017.
Esther is awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in 2017.

Esther is a Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V), Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M), Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N) and RES Software Certified Professional (RCP).

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