Citrix Synergy 2014 Anaheim day 2, my thoughts

Citrix SynergySteve Daheb (CMO) started with the second day of Citrix Synergy, he pitched the whole Citrix story again. MarkT already told us about this hybrid world of devices and services and simplified the workspace exist out of users, devices and services and Steve repeated that mantra again.

Shortly after that Sudhakar Ramakrishna (SVP Enterprise and service provider division) came on stage and he started to explain about architectures and blueprints for deployments.

Some of the Guiding Principles used for these architectures and blueprints are:

  • All app types
  • Security
  • Hybrid deployment models
  • Open and extensible
  • Integration and Experience

Citrix Workspace Services:

After that he started talking about workspace services architectures and showed us a high level image of the architecture.

Citrix Workspace Services is all about blueprints, design and automation are key in this play. There was a demo by Brad Peterson and he did a deployment from an existing design.

The wizard for deployment will show all the steps before it runs and you’ll have a complete overview of your deployment. Works on premise too, which is a very important message to get across!

During the deployment you will get an overview of the status of your deployment:


This will make sure you will have a complete overview while deploying your new Citrix infrastructure, my guess this will speed up deployments even more.

Receiver for Mac:

Next up was a demo on the new Citrix Receiver for Mac, running a video (offloaded Windows DirectX and Windows media) on a Mac rendered locally and the quality was very impressive!

Real world experiences:

There where some use cases too, Taco, Westpack and CSC came on stage to tell us about their real life experiences with the different Citrix products:

  • Dennis Rachiele  – Taco – Senior Network Admin
  • Suzy Mann –  Westpack – Manager
  • Garry Budzinski – CSC – Executive Vice President and general manager


There was a small demo of the framehawk technology but apparently the video isn’t published yet (must-see btw!) so as soon as it’s published I will add it to my blogpost.

Partner Innovations:

The partner innovations started with Dell who’s creating a new solution based on microservers. My first thought went out to the Moonshot solution from HP and this thought was followed by an introduction of Moonshot. What are the unique identifiers for solutions running on microservers?

  • Seamless deployment and integration
  • predictable budget and scale
  • manage and monitor from one UI


I was invited by Nutanix to meet up with Dwayne Lessner, Dan Fallon and others to discuss desktop virtualization in general and desktop virtualization with Citrix on Nutanix.

Lunch Table Tech Chats

Basically Perrine already did a great job summarising the tech chats on the Citrix blogs over here:


After the lunch table tech chats I had a couple of meetings, one with Citrix Research but it was under NDA. Obviously I can’t tell the subject but I can tell that I think it’s a great way to help Citrix build products that we, in real life, would use. If you get the chance, I can only advice to do it.

That’s it for today, more tomorrow!

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Kees Baggerman

Kees Baggerman is a Staff Solutions Architect for End User Computing at Nutanix. Kees has driven numerous Microsoft and Citrix, and RES infrastructures functional/technical designs, migrations, implementations engagements over the years.

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