Bienvenidos everyone!  On behalf of the Citrix Strategic Alliances team managing the Microsoft partnership   I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to Summit and Synergy Barcelona! After nearly 23 years of working closely with Microsoft, there’s never been a more compelling time for us to be partners in the desktop visualization business. Together, we’re committed to simplifying and accelerating the adoption of desktop virtualization, reducing management complexity and delivering great customer experience.  To see what we’ve been up to firsthand, please be sure to attend the Keynotes and sessions, stop by the Citrix booth, and check out the BYOD Pavilion.

In typical fashion, Citrix is once again on the leading edge of fully embracing all of this year’s new Microsoft products: Windows 8, Server 2012, and System Center 2012. We continue to build our Citrix products on the Microsoft platform and strive to enable smooth, flexible and phased migration transitions for organizations that are migrating from physical XP desktops to Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual desktops. Working together, Citrix and Microsoft continue to support the consumerization of IT by extending delivery to billions of devices!  We also support Microsoft Private Cloud infrastructure, providing scale-up and scale-out options leveraging the new Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 capabilities.

As you will see this week in Barcelona, Citrix is front and center in support of Windows 8 , and in lock step with Microsoft to deliver a great slate of Windows 8 style apps! We continue to find that Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V is providing the best platform to build on and System Center, along with Service Packs from our partner ComTrade allows us to blend physical and virtual management for desktop virtualization customers.

To better understand the enthusiasm we have for our integrated solutions, check out the blog from our Senior Solutions Architect, Tony Sanchez.  Be sure to make time to visit him at the XenDesktop and System Center demo pod, #36 in the Citrix booth and attend his sessions to learn more. You might even win your own new copy of Windows 8!

And if you’re ready to migrate to Win 8, or maybe to Win7 from XP make sure you stop by the AppDNA pod in the Citrix booth to see how Citrix AppDNA can help get you moving onto an easy and smooth migration path.

Finally, it’s great to see when partners for nearly 23 years decide to grow together in new markets. Working with Microsoft’s Azure team, we see exciting new cloud opportunities with ShareFile on Azure providing a leading enterprise-class cloud storage solution as well as significant potential for our CloudBridge  product on Azure providing secure, optimized connectivity from enterprise data centers to the Azure Cloud. In 2013, look out for a considerable emphasis from Citrix on integration with and support for the Azure cloud platform.

I sincerely hope that your time with us at Summit and Synergy Barcelona 2012 is enjoyable and educational. Watch this space for more news about our work with Microsoft and please join us in the conversation!

Saludos cordiales,

Samm DiStasio, VP, Microsoft Strategic Alliance Team