Long gone are the days of 80s. One of the best decades IMO where everything was BIG. We had BIG music, BIG hair, BIG leg warmers,  BIG dreams, BIG changes in technology, and if you were I.T then BIG hardware like mainframes. Server hardware at that time could definitely be considered Heavy Metal! Physical was a song by Olivia Newton-John and in case you were wondering  I’m not planning on singing that at Synergy :). It’s astonishing how technology has changed. We went from everything being BIG to everything being small and compact. If  we Flashdance forward to today just about everything from servers to desktops are virtualized using a hypervisor or other technologies. While the hypervisor has been around for a very long time, as far back as the 60s according to IBM, and has been one of the greatest technical inventions for I.T, did you ever wonder why we really do use a hypervisor today for desktops? There are many reasons, but one of the most common is because server hardware in general is BIG and can’t be shrunk or sliced easily without some form of a hypervisor. While that has been the sweet spot for server virtualization technology to make what’s BIG now virtually small, imagine if there was a  Honey I Shrunk the Servers (there is a 80s theme here) technology. Could you slice and dice hardware resources like using a 80s Ginsu knife with it all being bare-metal and no hypervisor? It seems that technology has come full circle again with a solution which can do that called Physicalization. Physicalization does what virtualization can’t  by allowing the use of smaller laptop style hardware and consolidating multiple segmented units all into a single chassis thus enabling multiple independent compute, network, storage, and graphics for each user.  Physicalization seems to have come after virtualization and just at the right time with the HP Moonshot and Citrix XenDesktop platform leading the way. The HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktop powered by HP Moonshot is the first system to provide dedicated, bare-metal, pooled desktops to 180 users in a single chassis without using a hypervisor. This new architecture gives each user their own dedicated compute, graphics, network and storage without sharing those resources with others.If you haven’t read about this new platform then check out my previous blog here /blogs/?p=174199919.   If you have been tasked to find an easier way to deliver virtual desktops and are interested in a new architecture that is changing the way desktop virtualization is deployed then you’ll want to attend not only the HP Moonshot and Citrix XenDesktop session SYN 317 Architecting XenDesktop solutions with HP MoonShot, but also attend our first ever jointly offered learning lab SYN 603 Deploying desktop virtualization using Citrix XenDesktop and HP Moonshot.  In SYN 317 you will learn about how the new XenDesktop platform works with HP Moonshot and also how the two platforms bring a solution to the market that is game changing. You’ll also want to check out SYN 257 The sky’s the limit with Moonshot! Insider information on implementing XenDesktop on HP’s revolutionary platform also where Dane Young from Entisys and I will share some more tech tips on this new platform.

In this 5 hour lab SYN 603, students will learn to provision and deliver Windows 7 desktops with XenDesktop and PVS along with HP deployment tools  such as HP ILO, Chassis Manager, and PowerShell to help automate the provisioning of desktops. Students will have hands on access in this lab using a HP Moonshot CS100 chassis and a virtual machine hosted infrastructure to build and validate this new platform with XenDesktop. Students will also obtain in depth knowledge from those at Citrix and HP that created this new solution as well!

I look forward to seeing you there and be sure to wear the coolest 80s retro T-shirt! Coolest T-shirt will win something radical!

Thank You

Tony Sanchez

WW Alliances

Citrix Solutions Architect for HP Moonshot


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