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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, a ... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

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 Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! 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)

XenApp Fundamentals for SMB Now in Amazon EC2 Cloud

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)

SAP Standardizes on Citrix XenServer & XenApp

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 the US. 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)

Did Citrix Stack the Cloud Deck?

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 Now a Key Strategic Theme," Says Citrix CTO

"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. Virtua... (more)

Citrix CTO Hails Citrix-Microsoft Alliance As Increasing Virtualization Choice

"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)

Virtualization Wars: Citrix Makes Bomb Run on VMware

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 environment. 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 console. The widge... (more)

Tomorrow’s IBM “Smart Business” Cloud Computing Strategy

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)

What is the Nirvana Mobile App?

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 Android ). 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)

New Universal Desktop Converter Extends Lifecycle of Old PC Hardware

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 hos... (more)