Not to take anything away from the awesome technical content that is available this week here at BriForum, but I think the conversations that have been had in the debate sessions where the topic was set and the audience was encouraged to participate. And participate they did. I have attended most of the sessions where this was the format and I have to tell you that they were the best and full of lively engaging conversations.
The two that I attended yesterday, The Future of Client Computing and Virtualize Citrix Servers: Yes? or No? were by far the ones I liked the best. The first was with Brian and Martin Ingram. We touched upon where we are today, where the technology will be in two to three years and then finally what things might look like in five to eight. Everyone had input and provided very interesting thoughts and comments. I offered my input towards the end where I threw out a term that I think will be gaining traction in the next few years or so; Virtual Service-Oriented Grids. I have another post on this subject so will let it go at that.
The second session is where we discussed the benefits, risks, rewards of virtualizing XenApp servers. There were many that were doing this already and not just in test/dev, but in true production. There was a fair amount of discussions around the power/cooling subject. One of the attendees (who was with a power company) offered this little tidbit: it will coming to a power company near you soon to where the power company would be able to monitor the usage of the grid every fifteen minutes and bill accordingly. When, not if, this comes to fruition will put more drive behind the "green" movement in the data center and on the desktop.
I have to say that if you haven't been able to get to BriForum before get here next year. You don't want to miss the great technical content, but you definitely don't want to miss the engaging and enlightening conversations and debates.
See you next year everyone!!!
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