I hope to see you at Synergy Barcelona and would like to personally invite you to my seminar, SYN105 “Delivering Graphics, Video and Unified Communications with HDX”. No doubt you’re expecting to hear about how XenDesktop will support Windows 8 desktops and Windows 8 style apps, and you will. We are planning to unveil a Technology Preview that will let you get your hands on new VDA (Virtual Desktop Agent) technology featuring extensive enhancements around DirectX graphics, both server-rendered and redirected. And you’ll learn much more, too, as I unveil several significant highlights of our next generation of HDX high definition experience technologies, including amazing increases in video quality and bandwidth efficiency, and optimizations for mobile devices.

SYN105 will also introduce version 1.1 of the HDX Optimization Pack for Microsoft Lync, featuring PBX/PSTN integration (Enterprise Voice), conformance to Microsoft Call Admission Control specifications, Enhanced Emergency Services support, and other valuable enhancements that truly round out this important new capability for customers planning to embrace Lync video chat at scale.

I’ll have updates for Cisco Unified Communications Manager and Avaya one-X customers, too.

On the 3D graphics front, you’ll recall that at the GPU Technology Conference in May we announced our collaboration with NVIDIA around XenServer GPU Hardware Virtualization, a groundbreaking new vGPU architecture designed for high scalability and top performance. At Synergy Barcelona, I’ll be able to share more details about this collaboration and how it applies both to Windows 8 knowledge worker desktops and apps and to high-end 3D professional graphics. You’ll also learn about our expanding Citrix Ready partnership program for 3D design and engineering.

If you have suggestions for any other important HDX topics, please let me know and I’ll see if I can fit them into my timeslot.

See you in Barcelona!
Derek Thorslund
Director of Product Management, HDX