Sold out and fired up! Microsoft TechEd 2012 in Orlando is buzzing following a opening keynote showcasing modern datacenters and applications featuring Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012.  I think the most interesting take away so far has been from Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, who kicked off the event discussing and demonstrating how Microsoft is raising the bar for datacenter management to create more scalable, flexible, and automated environments that deliver unprecedented performance.  In addition, Satya underscored the importance of applications in the enterprise with the need to produce modern applications that are personal, social and intelligent.

Attendees are excited about the potential, and the Citrix booth is overrun with customers wanting to know how Citrix will embrace and extend this new Windows platform to help them expand and improve their desktop and application delivery environments.  As always, we have some fantastic demos at the booth this year, including our newly released NetScaler 10 networking software [www.citrix.com/NetScaler] to accelerate and consolidate environments, the recently acquired AppDNA application migration tools [www.citrix.com/appdna], and of course XenDesktop, showcasing our integration with System Center 2012 with partner Com-Trade.   [www.citrix.com/xendesktop].

Conversations in the booth are diverse!  Customers who have deployed Citrix virtualization solutions are now realizing that if they add NetScaler into the mix, they can increase  the performance and scale of their datacenter.  Those who have yet to deploy are concerned about application compatibilitys, which leads to a conversation about how AppDNA can help them prepare for both Windows 7 and
Windows 8.  The wide variety of demo devices in the booth are attracting a lot of attention as IT and users look to simplify their personal access strategies with fewer and more powerful devices.

Sessions focused on VDI and Remote Desktop Services have all been standing room only as desktop virtualization is clearly on everyone’s mind as a top workload for the new Server 2012 platform.

Congratulations to Microsoft on another great release. We’re looking forward to another 20 years of TechEd excitement and partnering with Microsoft!