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
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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, a ... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will
take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City.
The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's
leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York,
Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry
professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception,
more than all other Cloud-related events put together.
Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East
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The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional
speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more
than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well
over 48 different countries.
Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)
Citrix has released a public AMI ( Amazon Machine Image ) in the EC2 Cloud
recently as part of the C3 Lab initiative with Amazon Web Services. XenApp
Fundamentals is the new name for Access Essentials which is an ideal solution
for SMB's looking for a simple way to administer and deliver Windows apps to
office PC's, Thin Clients, Desktop Appliances, home PC's, Mac's, Laptops or
mobile devices. Only a Receiver client is required on the endpoint, the
applications get installed on a single XenApp server and are simply published
to the users you want to access the app. The Admin console is wizard driven
and easy to use, with the option for advanced features only if required.
Putting XenApp Fundamentals in EC2 makes everything even easier, no servers
to buy or configure, the image is pre-built and ready to run. The Amazon AWS
plus Windows Server cost is only 12.5 cents pe... (more)
Citrix has picked up a little showcase account. It says SAP will virtualize
about 500 servers with XenServer by mid-year to reap the rewards of server
consolidation. Of course Citrix (whose CTO Simon Crosby is pictured below
during an appearance on SYS-CON.TV) and SAP have been tight for a long time
and of course XenServer is now free for unlimited production deployment.
The servers include boxes in Germany that power SAP’s worldwide training
centers and development, test and support environments.
By the end of the year the rollout should embrace SAP’s offices in Asia and
SAP believes the move will cut its carbon emissions by up to 600 tons a year
besides fetching immediate savings on hardware.
SAP has already deployed Citrix’ XenApp application virtualization
technology to deliver applications to both employees and external partners,
upwards of some 50,000 ... (more)
With an estimated $200 million bet on Cloud.com, if nothing else, executing
an all-in open source strategy proves that Citrix doesn't shrink in the face
of high-stakes decisions. Cynics call this recent move an act of desperation
- a Hail Mary in the absence of a better play. Others see it as a coolly
calculated strategy to disrupt OpenStack momentum by capitalizing on
vulnerabilities exposed by slow product advancement and signs of potential
misalignment within the community.
My tendency is to dismiss the cynical assertion as sour grapes and
competitive mud slinging. After all, CloudStack is certainly the real deal as
measured by product maturity and customer adoption. Half-baked, it is not.
But the second assertion begs its own question: As a founding member of the
OpenStack project with support pledged before the Cloud.com acquisition and
extended thereafter, wh... (more)
"Virtualization is already widely used, but primarily for the first-order
benefit, namely server consolidation," notes Citrix CTO Simon Crosby, in this
Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal. "The second-order
benefits of agility, availability and manageability of the IT stack are now
becoming better understood," Crosby continues, "and as a consequence
virtualization has moved from a tactical tool for gaining immediate savings,
to become a key strategic theme for every IT department."
About Simon Crosby: Now CTO of Citrix Systems, Simon Crosby was founder and
CTO of XenSource prior to the acquisition of XenSource by Citrix. Prior to
XenSource, he was a principal engineer at Intel where he led strategic
research in distributed autonomic computing, platform security and trust. In
2007, he was awarded a coveted spot as one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs.
"Until 2008, VMware was the only choice, their hypervisor cost thousands of
dollars, and they had the market to themselves," says Citrix CTO Simon Crosby
in this Exclusive Q&A in the run-up to the 3rd International Virtualization
Conference & Expo next month in New York. "In 2008, Citrix and Microsoft
bring customers an open architecture, a price/performance and feature set
that is difficult to beat, and a powerful channel that can deliver customers
a real choice for their virtual infrastructure for the first time," he adds.
"Importantly," Crosby continues, "our products will all also add value to
VMware virtualized infrastructure, to fully support customers that have
purchased VMware enterprise licenses."
Read the rest of the Exclusive Q&A with Citrix CTO Simon Crosby here
In the wide-ranging interview with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan, Crosby was
asked why he thought IT ha... (more)
Citrix is making an all-out strategic strike on VMware. It’s going to stop
selling XenServer 5 – the open source virtual infrastructure that it’s
added a bunch of proprietary features to since it acquired XenSource last
year – and offer it to all comers for free.
It says VMware sells the equivalent technology for $50,000 for a 10-server
Citrix is obviously trying to rot out VMware’s revenue base; and for
maximum effect it unleashed the announcement the day before VMware Europe
opened in Cannes; Citrix will be there so it can gauge the impact.
XenServer includes a 64-bit hypervisor, unlimited virtual machines, unlimited
memory, support for eight virtual CPUs, multi-server management, Active
Directory integration, resource pools, live migration, advanced storage
management, native Windows and Linux support and a centralized management
The widge... (more)
The NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on
IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives. I’ve posted the full release
here on CloudBzz.
The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where
they are heading.
IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail. Here is a
fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative:
Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business
Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings
for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver
and consume cloud services to drive efficiency, productivity and control.
Smart Business Services – cloud services delivered:
1: Private cloud services, behind your firewall, built by IBM.
2: Standardized services on the IBM cloud
Smart Business Systems – purpose-built infrastructure
3. IBM CloudBurst: Pre-integrated har... (more)
With the release of Citrix Receiver for iPhone 1.02 including AG and RSA
support, the ability to securely deliver any app, anywhere, is closer than
ever to reality ( we already cover WinMo, Symbian and close to BlackBerry and
One question I have been pondering with Martin Duursma and few others on the
team is what is next ? It's great we can get to all these other Windows and
RIA apps, but the app many of us use most is email. The question is, what is
missing from native iPhone email or Outlook ? What features would be most
useful for a mobile app that we would use all the time from any device?
The native iPhone email client does a good job, but not everything.
Attachment viewing is limited and sometimes crashes if the file is too big.
You can't write an email and attach a file from your PC or file server.
Also many company IT policies do not even allow iP... (more)
GEL Technology launched its Universal Desktop Converter, which allows
customers to convert old PCs, thin clients and select third-party hardware to
a remotely managed IGEL Universal Desktop. By installing the company’s
Universal Firmware, customers will experience a smooth transition to a
server-based computing or desktop virtualization environment without the
expense of replacing the entire client hardware. This enables companies of
all sizes to extend the lifecycle of their existing infrastructure, reduce
the cost of investing in new hardware and eliminate client maintenance costs.
“Regardless of the economic climate, organizations simply can’t afford to
keep investing in the latest hardware and software solutions on the
market,” said Simon Richards, UK General Manager at IGEL Technology.
“Unlike traditional desktop PCs, thin clients don’t have the ability to