While it amazes me, this is actually my SIXTH U.S. Citrix Synergy event (of course counting the show previously known as iForum).  And even after I thought there’s no way to top the previous year, the amount of support we have from our alliance community still grew dramatically from 2011. Of course it helps to be in extremely hot mobility and cloud markets, with industry leading products that are empowering people to work the way they want – with anyone, from any location, on any device.

Given the enormous amount of energy these partners put into the event, it seems only fair I give a shout-out to some of the very cool (and newly announced) stuff they are bringing to the table to make #CitrixSynergy an even greater event for our customers. Our partners are:

Teaming with Citrix to deliver new innovative products and to dramatically lower the cost of desktop virtualization

At Synergy Barcelona 2011, Citrix CEO Mark Templeton introduced the System-on-a-Chip (SoC) initiative that promised to unleash a wave of device innovation and to deliver virtual computing with a game changing level of price performance.   Today at Synergy San Francisco, with close collaboration from many of the industry’s leading chip and device partners, we have delivered in this bold vision with a series of market transforming product announcements. The elegant HP t410 All-in-One Smart Zero Client, with a unique Power Over Ethernet design and innovative new screen technology from 3M allows for a rich HDX user experience at 1/3rd the power consumption of a traditional thin client and monitor.  New transformative end point device announcements from NComputing, ThinLinX, Atrust and Centerm, change the game by delivering a high performance HDX performance at half the cost of traditional devices.  In addition, Chip PC, Devon IT, iGel Technologies and Samsung have all announced new HDX SoC-based products today at Synergy.   Many of these devices are being showcased by our partners in the Synergy Solutions Expo.

Showcasing solutions that simplify desktop virtualization deployments

To highlight a few, Cisco is showing  Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) with Citrix XenDesktop, a validated, end-to-end virtual workspace solution that raises the bar on desktop virtualization and how the latest in Cisco Mobility and Cisco Collaboration solutions can turn employee-owned devices into secure productive workspaces. HP is demonstrating the new Client Virtualization (CV) solution – a tested, validated, proven end-to-end solution that virtualizes any workstyle, securely and simply with 35% improvement of user density per server. In addition to DVS Enterprise, Dell is also showcasing their new integrated turnkey hardware appliance, DVS Simplified Appliance, which is based on Citrix VDI-in-a-Box and makes virtual desktop deployments as simple as assembling building blocks. And finally, our joint solution with Microsoft continues to grow with the recently introduced Microsoft System Center 2012 suite of products, which when integrated with XenDesktop and partner ComTrade provides end-to-end desktop virtualization management and monitoring across physical and virtual desktops and applications. (And don’t miss the free trial promotion!)

Providing thought leadership insights on how customers can build their own cloud

Whether planning an enterprise cloud or looking for ways to optimize service provider architectures, attendees are finding valuable guidance at the first ever CloudStack Community Pavilion.  In this pavilion Citrix and the CloudStack Community Pavilion sponsors Amysta, Cloudsoft, CumuLogic, EngineYard, Gemini Technologies, Puppet Labs, Racemi, RightScale, Rivermeadow Networks, UShareSoft  and Zenoss are demonstrating complementary solutions that power choice, flexibility, and faster time to market to build elastic, scalable and profitable open source clouds, many of which making new solution announcements today.

Showcasing our first ever Mobile Workstyles Lounge

Making its debut at Synergy San Francisco, Citrix and Samsung have teamed up to offer attendees a comfortable working environment in the Mobile Workstyles Lounge — the on-the-go Synergy gathering spot to experience firsthand the latest Citrix technology that enables the enterprise to securely embrace the mobile workstyle revolution while empowering you to work from anywhere, on any device — from a 4” Samsung Rugby Smartphone to a 60” Samsung LED Smart TV and every cool device form-factor in-between.

 Verifying their products as Citrix Ready so our customers feel confident deploying joint solutions

Over the past four years the Citrix Ready program has grown to over 600+ partners and 20,000+ product verifications. Our Citrix Ready partners continue to increase their presence at Synergy this year, showcasing their verified products and solutions and instilling confidence in our customers deploying joint solutions. Partners announcing new solutions today in addition to those already mentioned include:

  • Alcatel-Lucent bolsters the performance of enterprise data center networks, making them faster, more responsive, more flexible and ‘cloud-ready’
  • AMD SeaMicro Micro Server Now Citrix Ready. SeaMicro SM10000-XE™ server enables XenServer 6 networking and virtualization solutions
  • Avistar Announces Industry’s First Fully Virtualized Multiparty Videoconferencing Solution Designed for Microsoft® Lync®
  • ExtraHop Builds First-Ever Agentless Performance Monitoring Solution for Citrix
  • HotLink SuperVISOR is Trusted to Enhance Citrix Virtualization and Cloud Computing Solutions
  • Lakeside Software FastTrack 2.0 Accelerates Citrix Desktop Transformation
  • NetApp Virtual Storage Console (VSC) 1.0 plug-in for Citrix XenServer
  • UniPrint Infinity showcases integration of managed print solution with Citrix products
  • Wyse announces Xenith 2 Zero Client for Citrix VDI-Based Deployments

And of course, I can’t forget a special thanks to all our Synergy sponsors including platinum sponsors AppSense, Cisco, Dell, HP, RES, Samsung and Wyse!

If I thought anyone would actually read more than this, I could go on. (Apologies for the partners not mentioned here).  One thing is for certain – Citrix Synergy is a NOT TO MISS event! I thank all of our partners for their participation, and appreciate every dollar and every minute spent making this an amazing show for our mutual customers. Looking forward to the next one!