Welcome on my Orlando #CitrixSynergy 2017 retrospective. For those that took time to read this article until the end a game is included on it, read this article until the end. As you have seen my tittle remember the tenth years of #CitrixSynergy first one launched in Houston 2008 Texas near to NASA historic amazing space center.
The ADN of #CitrixSynergy start in the place you can see there some pictures with the band and see the same orange color all over the event (my little one see everything’s in Orange).
This year we’ve start this event in the same way but with six crazy guys joining together for the before event at Tampa for #Muse concert at the amphitheater. An Epic moment and maybe a memorable part of our life. BTW let’s talk about #CitrixSynergy 2017 right now and present last announcement of new products and new technologies.
- Citrix Workspace Service (Codename Project Frontdoor)
A new cloud-based service to deliver ALL(not just Citrix) apps and data on an unified and secure Workspace(portal) software defined perimeter
- Citrix Analytics Service is cloud-based security and performance analytics service to get visibility across the XenApp, ShareFile, XenMobile, and NetScaler ecosystem
- Security Practices is a new Citrix consulting offer focused on Security assessments
- NetScaler Secure Web Gateway helps you deal with encrypted traffic and allows you to use NetScaler as a forward proxy
- XenApp/XenDesktop 7.14 (which was later pulled out from the Citrix website)
- StoreFront 3.11 with only bug fixes
- XenServer 7.2 including NVIDIA GRID vGPU XenMotion and Windows Continuum for Virtual Desktops
- Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection (HVI) Security Virtual Appliance – Only available for XenServer 7.x
- App Layering 4.2 adding Windows 10 64-bit support into Labs
- Citrix System Optimizer (not available at this time) an equivalent of the VMware OS Optimization tool
- Citrix HDX Ready Pi 3 (SC-T25) with support for Dual Monitors and integrated Skype for Business optimization pack
- Citrix Workspace IOT including Smart Spaces for Collaboration
- Workspace Environment Management 4.3
Already released features that were also part of the announcements included:
- XenApp and XenDesktop Essentials on Microsoft Azure
- XenMobile integration with Microsoft InTune
- G-Suite integration with Sharefile
- Cisco and Nutanix joined HCI Ready Workspace appliance program
- NetScaler 12.0 & NetScaler MAS 12.0
- Support for the new Windows 10 S operating system with Citrix Receiver UWP
- Secure Browser Essentials on Microsoft Azureis a simple cloud based offering for secure remote access to the internet that isolates end user internet browsing from enterprise endpoints and networks
- Support for Microsoft Skype for Business on Google Chromebooks
If you check each announcements they already exists before the event and none of them are new innovation products or solutions. Kirill announce Analytics cloud-based service that was in fact just a DataLake to centralize all logs and metrics of Citrix products. But the main problem today major customers already do that but not only with Citrix vendor, correlation of IT hardware and software metrics are performed from years with Big Data solutions nothing new innovation purpose by Citrix. Regarding security for my point of view I don’t agree that Citrix Consulting services can perform this job, regarding accreditation and also security vision focused only on Citrix products. #Citrix have planned long month ago the venue of Colin Powell and one week before the event #WannaCry appear, many people discover back doors and security business, Colin lesson on last keynote was one EPIC moment and I hate as well PowerPoint.
One of most important innovation I’ve see is NetScaler 64-bit that allow packet engine to use more thant 4 GB of memory and prepare the future. Most of Citrix products exists on competitors vendors portfolio but Citrix NetScaler is implemented in most Citrix customers acting as proxy. This peace of hardware / software is for a customer the strategic most important point to deliver their applications to end users.
Last day was closed with the final party at Universal Islands of Adventure and was as usual organized properly even you spend more than 1 hours from Hyatt. I’ve talk about a game so the prize should be a specific gift from #Paris for the first two ones that can send me the list of products included on #Citrix project Apollo (firstname.lastname@example.org).