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February meeting: Is the desktop just another application? – 29/02/12 10:00

Is the desktop just another application?

Building on Daniel Feller’s recent blog post (http://blogs.citrix.com/2011/12/05/the-desktop-is-just-another-application/)

We’ll be looking at the Citrix Flexcast model, to discuss the effectiveness (or not) of the sum of the parts: and importantly – how do you manage that (we’ve a couple of sponsors attending who can perhaps assist there)

“If the solution doesn’t feel natural, it won’t work.” …so how do you position your desktop services so that it feels natural and delivers business benefits?

Does delivering full virtual desktops to iPads really provide a usable platform for your users? What are the main differences between Citrix’ two main products, XenApp and XenDesktop in terms of user experience.

Daniel will join us via GotoMeeting after lunch to lead the discussion on his post and answer any architecture and design questions his post raises. This leads nicely into our popular round table session when everyone get’s the opportunity to get their opinion across and questions answered.

Finally, join us for drinks at a nearby hostelry to reflect on the days discussions.

Provisional Agenda

10:00 Registration & coffee

10:30 Welcome & introductions
10:45 David Gaunt – Citrix Systems Engineer “Flexcast engineering for the end user”

11:30 Coffee break

11:45 Application Delivery Strategy. Cutting through the “wow-to-how” (Chris Marks/Lee Wynn)
12:30 Delivering the Dynamic Workplace (Matrix 42)

12:50 Lunch (thanks to our sponsors)

14:30 Daniel Feller – Citrix lead architect  – Is the desktop just another application? Q&A 
14:50 Roundtable discussion – XenApp or XenDesktop – how do you choose between your children?

15:40 Coffee break

15:55 Finding performance bottlenecks in your Desktop Virtualisation implementation (egInnovations)
16:15 Liquidware Labs – desktop transformation
16:35 XenApp Desktop Experience demo – Neil Spellings

17:00 Wrap up
17:30 Drinks


The central London venue is approx 10min walk from London Victoria rail, tube and bus station.

The Wellington Hotel
71 Vincent Square

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Liquidware Labs

Matrix 42

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“Application delivery for virtualisation” : The July meeting on Wednesday July 13th

Citrix UK User Group logoNext meeting – Wednesday July 13th

The overall topic of the meeting will be ‘the challenges of delivering applications to virtual environments’ including:

  • Discovering what applications you have in your organisation
  • Are they suitable for virtualisation?
  • How do you deliver them to users, and into the emerging VDI environments?
  • How do you know they are performing well once deployed?

Due to feedback from previous meetings, this will be a full day event (10am to 5.30pm) , held in London Docklands.


The agenda is as follows:

09:30 Registration & coffee
10:00 Welcome & introductions
10:30 Application Discovery (Centrix Software)
11:15 Coffee break
11:30 Application compatibility for virtualised environments (AppDNA)
12:15 Fixing badly behaved applications using the MS application compatibility toolkit (Remko Weijnen)
13:00 Q&A

13:15 Lunch (thanks to our sponsors)

14:00 RES Software – deploying applications to virtual environments
14:45 Roundtable discussion – Managing the application lifecycle is it a painful experience?

15:45 Coffee break

16:00 Using EdgeSight for load testing to help find environment capacity thresholds (Citrix)
16:45 How well does your (virtual) application perform? (Ingmar Verheij)
17:30 Wrap up
17:45 Evening Drinks at Camino tapas bar

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For those travelling from afar, you may wish to also attend the VMWare user group the following day to give you two days of fantastic, and free, virtualisation content. As always, the user group is not about us feeding you PowerPoint; we want to hear your stories and views on application delivery so…

Thanks to our meeting sponsors: