The summer is upon us and before many of you take a well-earned break, I’m pleased to announce that the full session catalogue for Synergy Barcelona on October 26-28 is now available. With so many options to choose from, it’s time for you to start planning the best way to spend your time at Europe’s premier virtual computing event! 

After the huge success of last year’s sell-out conference in Berlin, we knew we‘d have to pull out all the stops for 2011, and this year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better. The cutting-edge waterfront venue at the CCIB in Barcelona means that we can host double the number of attendees, while the spacious keynote auditorium will ensure everyone has the opportunity to hear from some of the greatest minds in virtualisation and cloud computing. 

As well as a new venue in a new city, we’ve added more sessions, more learning labs, more speakers and even more Geek Speak Live! events than ever.

As you’ll see from the catalogue, we have over 60 sessions planned for October, grouped into two tailored streams: ‘Desktop Virtualisation’ and ‘Datacentre and Cloud’. Each will offer great practical and technical content on everything from transforming your desktop computing approach to migrating to private clouds to optimising server farm design, providing all the tools you could possibly need to create and maintain a virtual computing environment.

The Hands-on Learning Labs were a huge hit in Berlin and San Francisco and this time we’re offering more than 20 labs with two formats from which to choose. Our three hour ‘deep dive’ classes will provide an in-depth learning experience to show off the latest Citrix technology, while the three hour workshops will offer you tailored training focused on specific technical or business areas in the virtual computing space, to allow you to squeeze every bit of inspiration from your time in Barcelona. You can also expect to hear from top Citrix product experts and IT leaders from world class companies during this year’s breakout sessions, with lots of provocative discussion around the hottest themes in cloud and virtualisation including: 

  • Transforming a distributed desktop infrastructure into a virtual desktop environment
  • Supporting desktop and application delivery to smartphones and tablet devices
  • Extending virtual desktops to a mobile workforce
  • Automating server and desktop image management with provisioning services
  • Building multi-tenant networks

As if this wasn’t enough, we’re bringing another of last year’s hits with us to Barcelona: the Citrix Testing Center. We’ve added extra seats so more of you can update your Citrix Certification while you’re attending the conference.  That’s what I call value add!  Better still, your first exam is on us!  

With such an exciting schedule, we know you’ll need some down time, so the conference will also feature a fabulous Synergy Party. I can’t tell you anything more about that yet (come back to my blog after your summer holiday to learn more) but trust me, it’s going to be a whole lot of fun, and uniquely Barcelona!

Remember, Synergy Berlin 2010 was a sell-out so take a look at the session catalogue, start planning your trip to Barcelona on October 26-28, and register now.

Fins després,

Kim