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EVENT Review: UK Citrix User Group X – September 2014

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The tenth UK Citrix User Group meeting took place at the offices Cisco in London on 24th September. We’d like thank our friends at Cisco for their hospitality and support in helping to keep the event free to attend. It was our most heavily subscribed event to date with so many of you signing up we were unable to accommodate all the requests to attend. This is why we decided for the first time to host the entire event as a simultaneous webcast using Citrix GoTo Webinar via some strategically placed webcams. Many thanks to those of you who joined us both in person and remotely.

The September meeting had a performance and optimisation feel with some great sessions from all corners of the Citrix ecosystem on how to make life increasingly productive for your users.

The event sessions started to a packed house at 09:30 with an update on some recent changes and releases in the work of Citrix from UKCUG Steering committee member and CTP Neil Spellings.

What’s new with HDX

A HDX Update from the queen of HDX herself, Citrix HDX Product Manager Rachel Berry. Rachel described the various use case scenarios for graphics acceleration and highlight how the use of hardware graphics acceleration is moving more and more into many more use cases, not just high-end graphic design and media. For so many reasons one of the most memorable uses of this 3D technology was discussed – that of the Haptic Cow (and sheep) to train veterinary students. For some reason these things tend to stick in the mind…

Download What’s new with HDX presentation

Why UCS for VDI (Sponsor)

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Chris Bashworth of Cisco showed how Cisco UCS integrates with the Citrix portfolio and why it makes a great platform to host VDI solutions. There was certainly some love in the room for what it is possible to achieve with UCS.

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XenServer: What’s New, & What’s Coming

Senior Manager of Partner Engineering at Citrix, David Cottingham delivered an informative and fun-filled “What’s new” session on XenServer as well as a “what may or may not be new in the future” section just for good measure. With particular emphasis on the continuing advantages of delivering 3D graphics acceleration via NVIDIA GRID technology exclusively through XenServer.

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LUNs, zoning, fabrics, and SANs especially can all go jump off a bridge (Sponsor)

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Friend of the UKCUG and Senior Nutanix Engineer David Gaunt then described the converged and linearly scalable “webscale” future with the help of a number of (pictures of) glasses of beer to describe Nutanix clustering. Needless to say close attention was paid at this point.

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Avoiding Negative Perceptions of Desktop Virtualization

Following the success of the Bring Your Own session (BYOS) approach instigated by our allies over at the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG). The first UK BYOS session was included in our agenda and was gallantly delivered by James Rankin who presented on how to avoid negative user perception during a desktop virtualisation project. His presentation was very well received and a great start to what is sure to become a regular feature of the UKCUG meetings.

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Podio – the hidden gem of Citrix

Our first special guest appearance was DuCUG member Kees Baggerman giving us some insight into how Podio can be used to great effect to run a business operation. Kees delivered this presentation with his countryman Ingmar Verheij at E2EVC in Brussels which went down very well land he didn’t disappoint on this solo engagement at the UKCUG. For those reading this post from non-profit organisations, we recommend you spend some time following this up as Podio is free of charge for non-profit use and can really make a difference to your productivity and workflow processes.

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Netscaler Performance

Our next guests were DuCUG member Barry Schiffer and Julien Stanojevic in a Netherlands/France joint presentation on performance testing on Citrix NetScaler. Barry and Julien’s research has directly led to changes in the supporting documentation Citrix produce for NetScaler, and particularly to an increase in the stated scalability of VPX appliances. This has benefited numerous customers and is a great example of the value of community engagement to vendors such as Citrix.

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XenApp 7.5 in AWS

The UKCUG’s own Neil Spellings (CTP) then presented a session where he showed how a fully operational battle station XenApp 7.5 environment can be initiated into AWS in approximately one hour.

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Break Down the Barriers of VDI Deployments (Sponsor)

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The performance and optimisation theme continued when CTP Andrew Wood from the UKCUG and Atlantis Computing showed how Atlantis USX (incorporating ILIO) can deliver massive response-time benefits to your virtual machines and how you can see for yourself with a free 10 desktop or 1 XenApp host trail of ILIO. This demonstration showed that, in tests with Cisco UCS Atlantis achieve VSI Max scores of less than 850 for 70 concurrent XenDesktop Sessions which can only be described as “Crazy Fast”.

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Round Table

The meeting finished, as is tradition on such occasions, with an open-forum round table “geekspeak” event discussing whatever topics the audience wanted to discuss. Many things were raised here including the future of virtualisation and what the various contributors saw as the direction of travel in the industry and what is due to change in the skillsets required to deliver the IT services of the future.

It was then time to continue the conversation over some light refreshment. Many thanks to sponsor Atlantis Computing for contributing to this part of the evening.From there, a UKCUG meal was sponsored by Nutanix so that the tech-chat could continue into the night.

You can re-follow the event via storify

Thanks to everyone who attended this time and to wish you all well until we see you all once more. Hopefully at the next “Christmas-themed” event scheduled to take place on the 17th December on London’s South Bank.

We hope to see you there!

The UKCUG team would like to say a really big thank you to our ongoing sponsor of this event, without whom it would not be possible to maintain this free-to-attend user group meeting, so a big round of applause to: Atlantis Computing, Cisco, Norskale and Nutanix.

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Cheers,

UK Citrix User Group Steering Group.

 

Bring your coals to Newcastle – next meeting 12th Nov

Hello,

Join us on the 12th November at Castlegate in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Given the UK Citrix User group is about you – the users, administrators, installers, and architects of Citrix environments it is always great to hear about your experience, your understanding – what you like and what you don’t like, what you’d like to see more of and less of.

Our agenda includes a chance to meet and greet Stuart Moore, Citrix Senior Product Manager Desktop and Applications (DNA) and Simon McDermott Citrix Senior engineer who will be on hand to ask questions and talk you through the latest products. You’ll have a chance to comment on the latest news from Citrix, “moving to XenDesktop 7”, “Avalon, what’s in it for me”, plus notes from our sponsors.

We’ll be discussing the new citrix certifications. As a special bonus, we’ve had a chance to team up with the excellent people at XenAppTraining to give away as special prizes one free Lifetime membership to xenapptraining.com and 1 one year free access to appv5training.com. Special prizes indeed. Also, even if you don’t quite make it to final every attendee gets a $100 discount to their 1 year access.

As ever, if you’ve a suggestion for topics, or a topic to present please drop us a line or tweet us at @ukcitrixug

Will see you there this time.

Venue

The CastleGate‎
Melbourne Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2JQ
 

For more details and directions, check the CastleGate website.

Agenda

12:00 – Welcome and a Citrix News Update over lunch from the UK Citrix User Group team.

12:30 – XenDesktop 7 – Where are you going to go today? Stuart Moore, Senior Product Manager Desktop and Applications at Citrix will discuss Deployment options, 7.1, migration planning: do you stay or do you go now?

13:30 –  The Art of Mobility Technical Overview of XenMobile and Sharefile?  Simon McDermott, Senior Enterprise Systems Engineer at Citrix will talk about typical Deployment Architectures with XenDesktop and Sharefile, what’s new in XenMobile 8.6 and Deployment Challenges.

14:30 Citrix Certification in association with XenAppTraining, Andrew Wood CTP: a low downon certification, new certifications and hints and tips on getting qualified and a chance to win  one free Lifetime membership to xenapptraining.com and 1 one year free access to appv5training.com.

15:00 NetScaler Gateway Dual Factor Authentication on a budget, Shaun Ritchie Independent Citrix Consultant: will take a look at some of the free and low-cost solutions you can use with NetScaler Gateway for Dual Factor Authentication

16:00 A word from sponsors.

16:30 Round Table: Fill in the blanks – the Biggest Citrix Migration Challenges in the coming year are [Blank] – your chance to discuss challenges facing you with your Citrix environment in the coming year.

17:30 The meat draw – feedback forms and prizes for paying attention.

18:00 Onwards to vBeers  – a continuation of discussion and chance to join in if you couldn’t get the time from work.