It’s been a very busy month of May for our alliance and conferences – first Citrix Synergy in Anaheim in mid-May and just last Thursday we wrapped up another tremendous week at Cisco LIVE in San Francisco.  I’ve blogged in the past about Citrix and Cisco continuing to innovate together and the solutions we’re jointly bringing to market.   We’ve got some really cool stuff I want to talk about here that builds on our tradition of innovation and customer value.

Cisco’s message about ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) was clear – ease of provisioning, deploying, monitoring and optimizing your infrastructure based on the policy you set for your application.   This is a great message for our customers who are also mobilizing their workspaces with Citrix.  We were very pleased to showcase our engagement and support of ACI through several compelling solutions.

First, we announced the availability of our NetScaler integration with ACI when APIC (Application Policy Infrastructure Controller) ships this quarter.  We’re ready to go with the worlds most advanced ADC!  Sudhakar Ramakrishna, Citrix SVP for Enterprise Solutions, was featured in Cisco’s ACI keynote partner video montage announcing our availability.

Our integration with both the APIC Data Center and APIC Enterprise Modules are providing easily installable ADC solutions for customers deploying Cisco ACI.  It was great to see Soni Jiandani and Sean Curtis on stage on Wednesday  during the ACI keynote showing the deployment of NetScalers in the ACI demo!

Second, the real time programmability of APIC with NetScaler was demonstrated both in the DevNet Zone at Cisco LIVE, and on stage during Rob Soderbury’s ACI Keynote (thanks Rob!)

Joe Peck (Citrix PM and booth dude extraordinaire) and Blue Lang, Engineering Lead for Cisco APIC EM, are pictured here discussing the NetScaler/ACI integration in the Cisco booth.  I really like this example of innovation from our alliance as it highlights the original and still relevant vision of our alliance – to optimize Citrix end user experiences on Cisco infrastructure.

For XenDesktop deployments (of course, running on UCS in our Desktop Virtualization solution), we showed the NetScaler capability to tell the APIC to define a policy for the infrastructure to prioritize key XenDesktop traffic, for example for video streaming.  Then when the video is done, the APIC can reset the priority and return XD to a “normal” traffic flow.

Continuing with our cloud networking collaboration, customers could see the NetScaler integration with RISE for simplified and optimized deployment of NetScaler with the Nexus 7000 in the Cisco Data Center booth. Another great example of the breadth of our relationship; featured and available in multiple locations –  our booth, our DevNet pod and at Cisco’s booth!

We were also showing our Mobile Workspace solution at Cisco LIVE last week.  We announced the Cisco Mobile Workspace Solution with Citrix back at Synergy on May 6 and have been getting amazing feedback from customers and partners alike on this solution as a great way to fully “mobilize” the enterprise.    Great to see our mutual Mobility visions coming together so well in this Cisco solution and CVD which was published on Wednesday (May 21) to over 5,000 Cisco employees.

Cloud was a central theme of Cisco Live with the launch of InterCloud and Citrix and Cisco are collaborating in big ways to offer cloud services to our partners, providers and customers.  We announced Cisco DaaS for Service Providers back in December of 2013. Since then, we’ve seen tremendous traction and great feedback for this solution. As an example, Quest just highlighted the launch of their DaaS offering built with the Citrix workspace and Cisco unified data center architecture in May, 2014 at Synergy.  The demand to deploy and deliver this solution is growing at a phenomenal pace. At Cisco Live, Citrix announced our Citrix DaaS Quickstart offering built on Cisco UCS solution to take the guesswork out of getting cloud enabled, to quickly and cost effectively deploy validated DaaS solutions.  Stay tuned for a Citrix-Cisco DaaS Solution White Paper and Cisco Validated Design to build on our reference architecture. Cisco also focused heavily on the InterCloud at Cisco Live.  Citrix and Cisco are collaborating closely to build and deliver the most unique, best possible service offerings for our partners and customers.

All this great exposure for the alliance at Cisco Live reinforces
our ability to continue to respond to customer needs and drive valuable solutions to market that fit their needs and address their challenges.  How do we continue to do this?  Culture.

John Chambers took time to drop by the Citrix booth at Cisco LIVE, (along with from left, me, John, Simon Hayes, Aimee Catalano and Rick Snyder), and I  chatted for a bit with him about what our two companies are focused on together and our key differentiated solutions.  After listening to my pitch for a few minutes, John asked a couple of questions about Citrix.  Then without hesitation, he commented on the striking similarity of our two cultures.   How do we continue to keep delivering across such a broad spectrum of solutions?  Culture!  Thanks for the perspective John!

For additional information about ACI, and Citrix NetScaler/Cisco integrations, please visit:

www.cisco.com/go/aci

Citrix NetScaler/Cisco integrations

For an interesting perspective on ACI and DevOps, listen in on conversations between Steve Shah and Cisco execs as they discuss the Cisco/Citrix partnership and how Cisco ACI and NetScaler are enabling automated, programmable networks to enable evolving DevOps models in today’s app-first networks.

“Cisco ACI & Citrix NetScaler: Enabling DevOps Models with Programmable Networks”

To better grasp what talent and expertise is required for the successful adoption of Cisco ACI and DevOps models in customer and partner IT skill sets, listen in on this conversation between Steve Shah and Cisco DevNet execs.

“Evolving IT Skill Sets in the Era http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/11330 of Programmable Networks”

For additional information about Citrix NetScaler integration with Cisco Nexus 7000 using RISE, please visit:

http://cisco.com/go/rise

http://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/apr-2014/netscaler-cisco-rise-announcement.html