Heading to Citrix Synergy Los Angeles this week? Dust off those mouse ears–Synergy is at the Anaheim Convention Center, just a block or two from Disneyland.  And make sure to swing by the Synergy Solutions Expo area and see what’s new with the Citrix Cloud partners. There are quite a few partners demonstrating solutions that integrate with or are based on Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager. And yours truly will be roaming the show floor looking for photo ops of cloud customers and partners in their mouseketeer attire.

Big news for the week is that Appcara, CA Technologies and Trend Micro have been selected as finalists in the Citrix Ready Best of Synergy 2013 in the Cloud Category.  This award recognizes Citrix Synergy sponsoring partner companies who excel in delivering products and solutions that solve customer challenges in combination with Citrix technology. A panel of judges, consisting of Citrix executives and product leaders collectively reviewed nominations and selected three finalists from each of the four major markets that Citrix serves— mobility, desktop virtualization, cloud and networking. Please stop by the Appcara, CA, and Trend Micro booths to congratulate these partners on their achievement.

Citrix Ready booth #100 in the Solutions Expo area will feature partner solutions that are Citrix Ready Cloud Verified. The Citrix Ready Cloud Verified designation is awarded to third-party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the Citrix/partner solution offering.  For a complete list of partner solutions that are Cloud Verified, see www.citrix.com/ready/cloudverified.

Cloud partners that are sponsoring Synergy at the Gold level are CA Technologies and SoftLayer. CA will be demonstrating their CA Nimsoft for Citrix CloudPlatform—a solution that enables proactive monitoring and performance/availability management for a CloudPlatform environment.  Be sure to check out Thursdays’ breakout session featuring SoftLayer Chief Scientist Nathan Day examining the intriguing topic of performance in the cloud.

Cloud partners SolidFire and Trend Micro are sponsoring Synergy at the Silver level. SolidFire will be demonstrating how to achieve storage quality-of-service (QoS) for CloudPlatform-based clouds with the SolidFire storage solution. Citrix partner Trend Micro will be celebrating 25 years of security innovation, showcasing cloud security solutions for enterprises and service providers that offer protection across public, private and hybrid clouds.

Other cloud partners sponsoring the Synergy Expo hall are Appcara, Basho, Caringo, Cloudian, EnterpriseDB,  Inktank, Vision Solutions, and VMTurbo.  Appcara  will be demonstrating AppStack, the cloud application management solution that was recognized as a Best of Synergy finalist. Caringo will be demonstrating point-and-click cloud storage service delivery through  their new Connector for CloudPortal Business Manager. Cloudian will be showing a cost-effective, scalable, S3-compatible cloud storage solution for CloudPlatform.  EnterpriseDB will be highlighting their Postgres Plus Cloud Database offering an an easy-to-use interface to start-up relational database clusters and configure them for load balancing and high availability. Vision Solutions will be showcasing a suite of solutions that offer cross-cloud, cross-hypervisor server mobility with near zero downtime and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service for CloudPlatform.

Lots going on around Cloud at Citrix Synergy—a true sign of the maturity of cloud computing. See you on the show floor at Citrix Synergy Los Angeles 2013!