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A great 21st Citrix Synergy for Liquidware (sponsored)

Citrix Synergy 2018 took place in Anaheim, California May 8-10th. I was at the first Citrix “Thinergy” in 1998 at the Swan Hotel in Orlando. The conference remains one of the most Windows desktop focused conferences in the industry.

The ultimate feedback we received from our customers and the community is that there is now, more than ever, a market need for Workspace Environment Management across all Windows desktops, not just Citrix. If you manage your users centrally you can keep all of your desktops dynamic and add more Citrix, VMware, Amazon, or Microsoft RDS/RDMI desktops at anytime with zero user downtime. Our ProfileUnity user environment management, Stratusphere UX monitoring and diagnostics, and FlexApp layering is solving this central user management dilemma daily for customers.

As John Panaguilas, director, Citrix Ready, states, “Citrix offers the most comprehensive secure digital workspace that unifies the apps, data and services people need to be productive. As a nine-year member of the Citrix Ready program, Liquidware provides great value for our customers in supporting our secure digital workspace vision.”

I attended the Citrix Product Management briefings as a Citrix Ready partner. In short, Citrix Cloud is a big focus now and they are introducing new features and products for this initiative. Liquidware has been verified as Citrix Ready since 2009 and we appreciate the NDA updates we get on product direction and focus. I also attended the CUGC (Citrix User Group Community) social event, which attracted quite a crowd! Liquidware has been a proud sponsor of CUGC since this organization launched and we’re glad to see it flourish. We’re also very proud to be the Diamond sponsor of the UK CUGC for the second year running, having previously been a Platinum sponsor for many years.

The Keynote on Tuesday seemed to be well received and also focused on Citrix Cloud. It was the first day of Solutions Expo and it opened with a roar. We publicly demonstrated our latest versions of ProfileUnity with FlexApp and Stratusphere UX. We announced that we’d be demonstrating our new cloud profiles option that are saved directly to Object-based storage on Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.  We also demonstrated Stratusphere UX’s new Process Optimization features for the first time.

Our object-based storage of profiles is already very much in demand because it solves real challenges for a highly available and portable profile that’s seamlessly cloud based. With zero need for SMB file shares, SQL clusters, or IIS servers, it’s very innovative and it is available now.

If you’d like to check out the products we demo’ed at Synergy they are available and ready for you to test. Just visit our download page!


Author: Jason E. Smith, VP Product Marketing, Liquidware

Jason E. Smith heads the Product Marketing team, strategically focusing on go-to-market strategies for the company’s innovative desktop solutions. Jason frequently speaks on desktop computing technologies at events such as Citrix Synergy, VMworld, and VMware Partner Exchange.



UK Citrix User Group Summer 2018 meeting – London

Thank you to all who attended our 25th meeting. Slides are now available from the links in the agenda below along with the recording.



Blue Fin Building (10th floor)
110 Southwark Street



Click on the agenda item for the PDF download of the slides from that session. The Gotowebinar recording is also available here

09:30 News and Synergy updates – Gareth Carson (CTP) & UKCUG

10:00 Using VHDs to host Profile Data: An in depth Exploration – Kevin Goodman (Community session)

10.45 Sponsor session (eGInnovations – Keeping up with XenApp changes)

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 The future of apps: MSIX, App-V, Layers, and Images – Tim Mangan (CTP session)

12:15 Minimizing XenApp and XenDesktop logon times – James Rankin (CTP session)

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Sponsor session (FSLogix An introduction to Cloud Cache)

14:00 10 Quick Wins for your Citrix Environment – Jake Walsh (Community session)

14:45 Getting Intimate with Process Monitor – Guy Leech (Community session)

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Office 365 in Non-Persistent environment – Product Comparison Matrix – David Wilkinson

16:45 Round Table.  Bring your issues, questions and opinions for our lively discussion hour

17:15 Wrap up & feedback forms prize draw

17:30 Networking Drinks


Gareth Carson

Citrix CTP and former CTA. Background in support services and consultancy. An advocate of keeping things simple and sticking to best practices and sharing knowledge.

David Wilkinson

David is a Principal Desktop Virtualisation architect working for Fujitsu Services in the UK & Ireland with a base in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He works mainly in the private sector and has experience in many different industries such as construction, utilities , retail and banking. He is a Citrix Certified Expert in Virtualization and recently Citrix Cloud Certified.

Tim Mangan

Kevin Goodman

Founder and CEO FSLogix
A veteran in the software industry for over twenty years, Goodman has had successful management roles in a number of private and publicly held high-tech companies including RTO Software, VMware and DCA.

Goodman is the author of two books published by M&T Publishing – Windows NT: A Developer’s Guide, and Building Windows 95 Applications, and has been a frequent contributor to several computer industry magazines. Goodman has also been awarded five patents.

James Rankin

James works as a solutions architect for HTG, a boutique consultancy based in the north-east of England. When not trying to fix technical problems that have defeated everyone else, he can be found blogging, writing articles, recording technical videos or presenting at user groups and conferences.

Jake Walsh

Jake is a Technical Consultant working across the UK, predominantly on Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop and NetScaler deployments for medium to large scale public sector clients. Jake’s focus is on improving environment reliability and ensuring that customers get the best possible experience – both for end users and for administrators. Jake regularly blogs in his spare time over at and enjoys sharing his thoughts and findings with the wider community

Guy Leech

Guy, a former VMware vExpert, has worked with Citrix products since 1995 and has a background as a professional software developer. He invented and developed the product which went on to become Ivanti (formerly AppSense) Application Control and frequently releases scripts, tools and blog posts to help troubleshoot and automate Citrix and other environments.


Nearest Tubes: Blackfriars (Circle, District), Southwark (Jubilee), London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern)
Nearest station: London Bridge, Blackfriars (take South of the river exit)

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