VMware VForum: beyond the virtual

It took an event sponsored by the leaders and forerunners of virtualization to get the chance to have a human, warm and real contact. It is with a renewed pleasure that I participated in the VForum Event in Montreal on May 20, mingling with the crowd at our ESI Technologies booth to finally meet in person and not through text messages, tweets, blog posts or emails, peers of the industry, colleagues, manufacturers and clients.

VForum - ESI presentationAs we all know, clients are extremely sollicited in this everchanging IT context with the advent of cloud computing made possible by virtualization. So I got the privilege of shaking hands with many of you, to talk, listen, understand and establish a real contact instead of a virtual one! We hope to have the pleasure to guide, help and advise you in this IT fast pace era where you are being courted from all sides to adopt the newest and latest technologies. For over 20 years, ESI is and remains a trusted partner to help you align technological choices with your real business needs and leverage them for your benefit! A team of people that put their efforts in the success of the most important people to them: you, our clients! Thank you for stopping by in such high number to meet with ESI’s team.

Charles Tremblay, ESI Account Manager

Citrix Summit 2015 – news to come

Back from the 2015 edition of Citrix Summit in Las Vegas, where the latest innovations and a lot of NDA content were presented to participants. Citrix is still a dominant player in the world of virtualization of applications and workstations, while adding a lot of new features in the various areas surrounding the practice.

From innovation to a better experience, Citrix did not officially announce its new Receiver X1 (X1 for Experience First), but mentioned it often during the different sessions. X1 made quite an impression when it was presented. Web-based on HTML 5, the X1 client is centrally managed and really easy to update. The web version of X1 enables customization of user experience through the browser. The experience will be the same regardless of the platform.

Citrix announced a broad selection of tech previews and updates for this year. Amongst which HDX Framehawk, Optimization Pack for Lync, DesktopPlayer for Windows and an XenDesktop Virtual Desktop agent for Linux.

The XenMobile 10 version respects the “Experience First” concept, as demonstrated in the following blog: http://blogs.citrix.com/2015/01/13/xenmobile-10-what-experience-means-for-it/

We now have today an average of 2.9 devices by user, which explains the importance of keeping them under control. For more information on the latest Xen Mobile version: http://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/jan-2015/citrix-delivers-superior-user-experience-and-security-in-new-xen.html

Citrix gave each participant of the Summit a prototype X1 mouse; this mouse offers Receiver X1 users the possibility to use X1 with their iPhone or iPad in their Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop environment.

Citrix mouse

In parallel with user experience, Citrix offers increased flexibility and security with their innovative products.

To conclude, the conference gave participants a technological preview of products and innovations proposed by Citrix and their partners. The increase of mobile devices is becoming an element of change that organizations must address and Citrix has found a tailored approach to this new reality.

Mobility transforms enterprises and people.

Guillaume Paré, Senior Consultant –  architecture & technologies