So tuesday was the first day of the Citrix Synergy. It was a good day, i was spending most of my time falling in and out of sessions and spend quite some time in the Expo Hall. If i had one thing i could wish for next time Synergy and Summit is held, it would be more time available in the Expo hall.. as a matter of fact.. why close it at all? more value to the customers, more value for vendors? that’s what i think anyway.
GeekSpeak has been a much larger part of this event that it was last Synergy and Summit, i love the format of GeekSpeak. With the GeekSpeak being more integrated a lot of thought has gone into the planning and organization, Laura Whalen and Rich Crusco and everyone else involved has done a great job. The amount of content delivered by CTO, CTPs and other Community and vendor experts is just impressive.
I did quite a few sessions tuesday, wednesday and thursday and most of them were very valuable, and in general i think the content is great for the people attending this event. As for the nerds or geeks like me who spend quite some time keeping up to date in the market we also get a lot of good content from the communty led GeekSpeak as well as the community led presentations in the virtualization congress like Jerome and Ruben from the Nederland’s who did a presentation of their Virtual Reality Check. Michael Keen did a presentation on his Application Delivery Blueprint, it was the only Networkworld live session i got to see but it seems the integration between Network World live, Virtualization Congress and Synergy has been a good mix.
Thursday morning waaaay too early at 9am, i saw Brian Madden presenting on the real cost of VDI. It was a good session and i pretty much agree, VDI is very rarely a fix-it-all solution, however VDI is truly a great tool in environments with specific needs. The needs Brian sees specifically will be published on his website www.brianmadden.com within the next few days
reviewing the website for the conference i found that a lot of videos are already made available on the site. If you have a few minutes i would encourage you to look through the vidoes available at www.citrixsynergy.com . Citrix did a great job with their new initiative CitrixTV you can see more at http://www.citrix.com/tv/ a lot of cool videos there.
As for the product announcements i will try to finish more detailed posts on those, along with my thoughts on the new features and products.
.. Time to head home, another 40 minutes and i am on the plane back to reality.. for sure Vegas has been an experience, but .. whow… there is a lot to take in, we should most likely experience Las Vegas without having a conference to attend on the side