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In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu's platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu). Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio: Chris Matthieu is the co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, a revolutionary real-time IoT platform recently acquired by Citrix. Octoblu connects things, systems, people and clouds to a global mesh network allowing users to automate and control design flows, processes and sensor data, and analyze/react to real-time events and messages as well as big data trends and anomalies. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was the founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and the founder of Teleku, ... (more)

Citrix XenApp Now Runs in the EC2 Cloud

Apps from the Cloud frequently means limited function browser based web apps that may be OK for personal use but don’t cut it in the business world. Citrix as an industry leader delivering full featured enterprise windows apps to business has now enabled the Cloud to provide the delivery system. As a public demonstration Citrix has posted a pre-built XenApp Server in Amazon’s Xen based EC2 offering. Anyone can now start demonstrating and testing rich windows app delivery from the Cloud in minutes without committing to hardware or the typical set up and configuration time.  A detailed blog post and video is available here. This capability demonstrating rapid deployment of app delivery from the Cloud opens the door further to recognizing the potential of the Cloud for business. ... (more)

Citrix Online Innovates Web Conferencing

Click Here for Instant Virtualization! XenServer. Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free. Join the rapidly growing community of IT professionals who choose Citrix XenServer for their virtualization platform. Citrix Online, the Web conferencing category growth leader and a division of Citrix Systems extends its market leadership by offering a range of audio conferencing services along with its Web conferencing suite. Business of all sizes can now experience a variety of high definition audio and Web conferencing services together. With this comprehensive offering, customers benefit from enhanced convenience, performance and affordability. Through Citrix Online, customers can choose a standalone audio solution with HiDef Conferencing or HiDef Corporate, as well as integrated toll-free, toll-based audio or VoIP with Citrix GoToMeeting and Citrix GoToWebinar services. Wit... (more)

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ Spark™ as a Top-Level Project

Thursday 27 February, 2014 Forest Hill, MD –27 February 2014– The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache Spark has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and principles. Apache Spark is an Open Source cluster computing framework for fast and flexible large-scale data analysis. Dubbed a "Hadoop Swiss Army knife" by The Register, Spark is recognized for its remarkable speed and ease of use, running programs up to 100x faster than Apache Hadoop MapReduce in memory, and with APIs that allow developers to quickly write applications in Java, Python, or Scala. "It's great to see Apache become Spark’... (more)

Entisys Honored as a Top Performing Citrix Virtualization Solution Advisor Partner in the 2008 "Go for the Green" Program

Entisys Solutions announced that it has been named a winner of the 2008 Citrix Systems "Go for the Green" program, ranking #1 in North American sales revenue and influence for Citrix XenServer and Citrix Desktop virtualization software solutions. "As a pioneer in both server and desktop virtualization, we are pleased to be recognized by Citrix as the highest ranking Citrix Solution Advisor Partner, after having sold more Citrix XenServer and Citrix XenDesktop solutions than thousands of resellers nationwide, during the 'Go for the Green' program," said Mike Strohl, President, Entisys Solutions, Inc. "Our clients rely on Entisys to help them optimize application and access delivery, from the data center to the desktop. One of the ways that we do this is through our Virtualization Oriented Architecture, a methodology that was built to take advantage of the virtualiza... (more)

SYS-CON's 5th International Virtualization Conference & Expo: Themes & Topics

From Automation to Virtual Security, a round-up of the Virtualization themes & topics being discussed March 30-April 1, 2009, in New York City by the world-class speaker faculty at the 5th International Virtualization Conference & Expo being held in The Roosevelt Hotel, in midtown Manhattan. Beyond Datacenter Virtualization - How can the benefits of virtualization now be applied to transform branch and remote office efficiency and productivity? Where do new opportunities lie for realizing a truly dynamic enterprise? Certeon's Co-Founder & Director of Research, Shawn Cooney, will be giving a session in NYC in which he will argue that it is time for virtualization to take its impact beyond the datacenter. Business Change Through Virtualization - Virtualization transforms a hardware purchase into a time-boxed resource rental for the customers of IT. How else can we leve... (more)

Architecting Your Cloud: Lessons Learned from 100 CloudStack Deployments

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $500 Savings here! CloudStack has been the platform of choice for more than a hundred public and private production clouds. In his General Session at Cloud Expo 2012 New York, Citrix VP Shannon Williams provides an insider view as one of the co-founders of Cloud.com talks about experiences in designing the right architecture for your cloud. Click Here to View This General Session Now! Speaker Bio: Shannon Williams is VP of Market Development, Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix, where he oversees the team responsible for working with enterprise and service provider customers to understand the capabilities of Citrix cloud infrastructure solutions, as well as architect and deploy them. Williams joined Citrix in 2011 when the company acquired Cloud.com, where he served as vice president of worldwide sales. He has more than 10 years of experience in... (more)

HTML5: Will It Ever Live Up to the Hype?

HTML5 is the latest iteration of the standard used by web programmers and developers. When completed in 2014, it will enable developers to write-once-run-anywhere (WORA) for consistent, cross-platform experiences across all operating systems and browsers. For example, a developer could create a single application with identical performance across Facebook, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and all other mobile platforms. Developers like the cross-platform compatibility and users appreciate real-time access to applications via their browser, without a download. By 2015, IDC predicts rapid adoption: 1 billion HTML5-capable browsers in use throughout the world Two million HTML web developers writing HTML5 applications 80 percent of all mobile apps will be based on HTML5 to some extent HTML5 Unfortunately, HTML5 will first have to surmount some daunting technical and commerc... (more)

Citrix Backs CumuLogic

Citrix has put an undisclosed amount of money in CumuLogic, the angel-backed private Java Platform-as-a-Service start-up founded last year by Sun Microsystems veterans with Java's father James Gosling as an advisor. Citrix took the money out of its Citrix Startup Accelerator fund, which invests in early stage start-ups. By transforming virtualized environments and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds into a high-value PaaS cloud, CumuLogic technology is said to simplify the development, deployment and runtime management of mobile, web and enterprise Java applications in public, private and hybrid clouds. Its dynamically scalable application framework is supposed to integrate with VMware, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, HP's OpenStack-based Cloud Services, Citrix' CloudStack-based CloudPlatform and, of course, Amazon. Citrix said it's supporting CumuLogic because it can b... (more)

Is HTML5 the Answer to Mobile's VDI Challenge?

Remote display and control technology is nothing new. For decades we've had the ability to remotely access and control our desktops using a variety of technologies and protocols: X11, VNC, RDP, and Terminal Services to name a few of the more well-known. Remote display and control has been used for a variety of purposes not the least of which is the IT administrator's need to remotely root around on your desktop to troubleshoot an issue. VDI is not the same as remote display and control, though many neophytes might understand it that way. VDI in general requires some form of client application; a client application that currently does not exist for every possible end-user client computing device. Thus VDI is not universally supported on mobile devices, despite a (apparent) desire by end-users for just such capabilities. The choices for vendors of VDI technology are... (more)

Simple, Scalable and Secure PCoIP for VMware Horizon View

Improving performance and scale is - or should be - a primary motivator for those deploying VDI as well as trying to manage the continued growth of BYOD. Forrester's David Johnson notes a convergence of trends that, on the surface, appear only tangentially related but as he points out are likely inter-related and driving desire and need for VDI solutions: Survey question: What is your level of interest in being allowed to bring your own PC as your work PC of any type, desktop or laptop? (Employees who answered they would be willing to pay for some or all of the cost to get the device of their choice): Source: Forrsights Workforce Employee Survey, Q4 2012, Q4 2011, Q4 2012. Sample size = 3284 (2012) As Mr. Johnson goes on to note, changes in the market drivers for VDI are likely to increase demand and interest in VDI in the near future. And the most often searched ... (more)