Citrix Synergy 2017 kicked off on Tuesday morning with the main keynote from President and CEO Kirill Tatarinov. As expected, the main keynote was focused on high-level discussions about the future of virtualization. While the key focus of Citrix is clearly Cloud, he relayed a stronger understanding that on-premises deployments of Citrix technologies are alive and well.
End User Computing
End User Computing (EUC) is the emperor’s new clothes. It is the new nomenclature for what used to be termed “VDI” (virtual desktop infrastructure). It is, however, much more, encompassing all aspects of desktop and endpoint management: (Read More)
- Application Virtualization: The art of abstracting the application and its presence from the desktop, making it truly mobile across locations and devices
- Personalization Virtualization: The art of abstracting the user and their presence from the desktop
- Presentation Virtualization: An application delivery method that delivers desktops or applications from a shared server
- Desktop Virtualization: The art of delivering a full desktop experience remotely
- Endpoint Management: The art of managing and securing access to data
- Application Layering: “on-demand” application delivery from a single image
End User Computing is an important overarching paradigm for companies that wish to ensure that users get a consistent experience and consistent access to information across multiple devices—for example, desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and phones—and across disparate operating systems like Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.
Major areas of focus include barriers to adoption, progress on the part of End User Computing vendors in alleviating those barriers, and management of the transition from a static desktop to the mobile martini world of “anyplace, anytime, anywhere, on any device.”
Next week, Citrix Synergy takes place in Orlando, Florida. As we look back at the past year, and the last few months in particular, we can see some telltale signs pointing to the underlying themes of the conference, as well as some of the likely highlights.
In January, Citrix announced the acquisition of Unidesk. There has been tremendous excitement about this addition to the Citrix portfolio.
As you may recall, Citrix attempted application layering technology on its own in early 2016. As part of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.8, Citrix released AppDisk, but it never really caught on because there were several third-party products that addressed app layering more effectively. AppDisk is being retired in favor of the new Citrix App Layering (Unidesk) functionality. There is no defined upgrade path from AppDisk to App Layering, but that’s likely a minor issue because AppDisk adoption over the past year was quite low.
Citrix and Microsoft have each been gritting their teeth at VMware for years. Despite that, VMware has experienced longstanding success in the virtualization space. Clearly, neither Citrix nor Microsoft expected VMware to develop into such a powerhouse.
Every few months, rumors spin that Citrix is up for sale. However, last week, Bloomberg Technology reported that Citrix Is Working with Goldman Sachs on Potential Sale Process. What could this mean for Citrix and its technology?
With each new release, Citrix has some improvements to its monitoring tool, Director. The latest release of XenApp/XenDesktop version 7.13 is no exception. But at what point is Citrix Director sufficient versus third-party monitoring tools?