Citrix Synergy SF 2012 – Keynote announcements

I’m still fully excited about all the announcements Mark Templeton and Brad Peterson made during the first Citrix Synergy keynote tonight (for me at least). So here’s a small list of the main announcements made (based upon my own tweets):

  • GoToAssist now available for Android and for FREE
  • A new Thin Client: Wyse Xenith 2 (40% faster, more secure, HD, multi monitor, WAN optimized)
  • VDI-in-a-Box now comes with XenDesktop license upgrades
  • VDI-in-a-Box is the winner of the ‘best of Interop Awards 2012’
  • VirtualComputer (and NXTop) is now part of Citrix
  • XenClient Enterprise Edition wil lbe released in Q2 (that’s THIS quarter) and is now part of the XenDesktop Platinum license
  • The Nominees for the Innovation award are Suncorp, IDC Frontier, and Education Services of America.
  • And the award goes to ………….. #drumroll ………………… ESA
  • Mark Templeton introduces a new word: life slicing (to explain how work and private life and intertwined and time is sliced in parts that switch between work and private life)
  • GoToMeeting with HD Faces now available on iPad
  • Podio is now part of Citrix
  • Podio is the tooling for what happens between meetings (=workflow)
  • Tommy Ahlers (VP of Social Collaboration) is invited on stage to show the Podio demo
  • Podio has a yammer/facebook look & feel and looks very user friendly to support collaboration and integrates with ShareFile
  • Podio has GoToMeeting integration as well! … and integration with Receiver to add application shortcuts to your workspace and start them in a webbrowser tab
  • Podio sure looks very promising for collaboration 2.0 🙂  and to quote Mark T “Not just yammer about work, but just get it done together”
  • Podio is free for teams up to 5 people
  • ShareFile with StorageZones (control where you’re data is stored both in public & private clouds)
  • Jesse Lipson is invited on stage to show the ShareFile demo
  • You can download ShareFile StorageZones yourself at
  • ShareFile with StorageZones is about iCloud for Business!
  • Receiver with Follow-Me-Data is shipped in July
  • Cloud Gateway 2 – new content controllers for mobile and data
  • Brad Peterson, Chief Demo Officer, is invited on stage to show the CloudGateway 2 demo
  • Brad shows use a great new feature, introducing the iJacket, with custom made pockets for the many devices with different form factors
  • Cloud Gateway 2 supports native (secure) connections to intranet sites from your Receiver (no published internet browser required!)
  • Cloud Gateway 2 offers a unified storefront for mobile, Web, SaaS and Windows applications through so called content controllers that are added to Cloud Gateway
  • XenDesktop Flexcast now supports Remote PC option
  • Brad returns to stage to demo the new HDX enhancements with a very smooth running CAD application running on the latest gen 3 i7 Intel processor hypervisor VM with a dedicated GPU
  • Brad’s Windows 8 demo on the Samsung Slate with Citrix Receiver almost makes you cross over to the dark side, it sure is looking slick
  • Brad continues to show the latest HP Zero Client, consuming only 13 watts by using PoE (Power over Ethernet) and also has HDX -on-a-chip
  • CloudBridge is almost here as well, shipping in June to offer a simple way to connect your data center to a cloud provider
  • Citrix CloudPlatform powered by Apache CloudStack is available today
  • And how do you deliver all these services? Right with NetScaler 10
  • NetScaler offers Scale Up (pay-as-you-grow), Scale In (delivery services consolidation) and Scale Out (add & go clustering)


  • One more thing … project Avalon, delivering Windows Apps & Desktops as a true cloud service
  • project Avalon = CloudStack + XenApp/XenDesktop + Cloud-style Service Orchestration (read all about it on Citrix Blogs)

Or just go to the Citrix Synergy 2012 Newsroom to read all the official announcements & blogs yourself.


You can watch the Citrix Synergy SF 2012 keynote 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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