Citrix Synergy SF 2012 – General Session announcements

After the keynote from yesterday I was very curious for more project Avalon information in the General Session, so here’s another quick bulletlist with info gathered during the General Session on day 2 of the Citrix Synergy San Francisco 2012:

(As I ran late joining the live stream, I missed the first half, so alot of quoted tweets in the first list)

  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: XenServer Foundation of Public Clouds ~80% of Public Clouds use it! + On Premise / Private Data Centers
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: Cloud is NOT top down but instead according to @GevaPerry, it’s about bottom up adoption (More on:
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: @GevaPerry: Amazon Web Services Adoption (Bottom Up) = Developers ^ IT Execs ^ CIO
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: AWS Cloud is Horizontal not Traditional Vertical vServer stack = Availability zones = start small, scale fast!
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: Apache Foundation = Apache + Tomcat + Hadoop + Cassandra <Caution: Not all data fits well into Hadoop construct>
  • via @matthewsmall: @michaelcrandell and @rjgeyer showing off a custom PaaS built on RightScale API – “the IT Vending Machine”NetScaler now with Amazone Web Services
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: NetScaler = load balance + auto-detect + enables ‘Thin’ Provisioning + seamless scaling
  • via @netscaler: NetScaler now with Amazon Web Services
  • via @citrix: Learn more about NetScaler 10 for Amazon Web Services:
  • Nathan Day, Chief Scientist SoftLayer, takes the stage for a demo
  • The demo is no more than a pre-recorded walkthrough of how to configure the NetScaler CloudBridge with SoftLayer
  • Here it is, project Avalon!
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: #ProjectAvalon = Elasticity + Scale + Autonomic + Metering + Biling + Accountabiltiy + Self-Service
  • first project Avalon demo: XenDesktop – choice where your desktops will run, including Cloud services
  • Cool first demo for XenDesktops combined with #CloudStack, provision desktops in the cloud and host them from anywhere
  • #ProjectAvalon: use CloudPortal Service manager to connect users to advertised services w/ App&Desktop Orchestration plugin
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: Cloud Services Portal = PVS on steroids but still easy to use
  • “A few simple clicks to get your users productive, that’s what we call Service Orchestration”
  • “Citrix Apps Studio is the incarnation of project Rainmaker” -> A good use to empower Service Orchestration!
  • One more thing …
  • Updating your server , just point your workload to the new server and let it do it’s magic 🙂
  • via @TwistyRoadsCrvr: #ProjectAvalon One more thing = point workload to ‘new’ server; over time will drain users and transition to new server =)
  • More to come !!! … CloudPortal, ShareFile, CloudBridge, NetScaler and CloudGateway integration as well


Additional info

  • Read all about it on Citrix Blogs – Project Avalon What does this mean to me? (from yesterday’s keynote)



You can watch the Citrix Synergy SF 2012 General session on CitrixTV:


Esther Barthel
Solutions Architect at cognition IT

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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