Pictured Here (l-r):  Rick Snyder (VP, Global Partners, Cisco), Sunil Potti (VP&GM NetScaler, Citrix), John Chambers (President, CEO, Cisco), Steve Blacklock (Sr. Director, Global Strategic Alliances, Citrix), Blair Christie (SVP & CMO, Cisco).

Blog Entry Authored by: Steve Blacklock (@BlacklockSteve)  Sr. Director, Global Strategic Alliances, Citrix

As I’m making my own journey home today, I’m thinking about how life is a journey and how good strategic alliances are also a journey.  (BTW, for those also at Cisco LIVE! this week, “Journey” was also “Journey” at the customer appreciation event – great party!)

The Cisco-Citrix Strategic Alliance has developed tremendous momentum over the past couple of years, but I specifically want to highlight our recent announcements and progress.

Last October, after achieving remarkable success with our desktop virtualization collaboration, we announced a significant expansion of our Cisco Alliance into mobile workstyles, cloud orchestration and cloud networking.  At the time, we had great confidence in our ability to achieve the vision of this expanded collaboration.   This past week we did just that, reaching a major milestone with the announcement of the Citrix NetScaler 1000V – available only from Cisco. NetScaler 1000V is a new technology integrating Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) technology into the Cisco Unified Fabric Cloud Network Services portfolio, and will be available in Q3 of 2013.

While we formally announced the NetScaler 1000V with Cisco a week ago, we had fantastic additional coverage and interest during Cisco LIVE! this week.  A big shout out and thanks to David Yen, SVP & GM, Data Center Group, who shared the details of our alliance and the new Citrix NetScaler 1000V technology as part of his keynote update on Cisco’s Data Center Strategy.

At the Citrix booth, the interest in the NetScaler 1000V was very strong including customers, partners and analysts all asking for additional details.  Most were impressed with the level of collaboration we’ve achieved and wanted more information to take home with them.  Many of the conversations expanded to discussions of other areas of our collaboration.

Also highlighted at the Cisco Live this week were many of the other areas of our growing alliance including BYOD solutions,  Desktop Virtualization innovations and Cloud Services including CloudPlatform on UCS.

Special thanks to John Chambers, Blair Christie and Rick Snyder for coming by to see Citrix this week on the show floor.  I enjoyed the personal and business discussion, and am very grateful for our collaboration.

My travel journeys are done for a little while now (summer is here!)…but here at Citrix, we’re definitely not done bringing this great alliance to the market with great innovations!   I can still hear Journey from last night…”Don’t stop believing…”

So…what do you want to see next from Cisco and Citrix?