When going through the ever-growing list of videos, I found some videos from Citrix Synergy Barcelona last month that got lost in the shuffle. I thought I'd do this wrap-up post to get them out there and put a bow on Conference Season 2012. Between these and all the other announcements at Synergy, VMworld, and other shows during the year, we'll have an equally busy 2013.
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Citrix ShareFile StorageZones
Bill Carovano spent a few minutes giving us an overview of ShareFile StorageZones. Announced last May, StorageZones allows companies to place their data in specific data centers around the world so that the data can be geographically close to the users. In Barcelona, this feature was officially released, along with a local component that can essentially add a ShareFile node to your local datacenter. In addition, Citrix also released the StorageZone Connector that allows you to make data on your local file shares available to users, albeit without the benefits (or disadvantages, depending on your viewpoint) of having your data in the cloud.
Nvidia VGX K2
I caught up with Justin Boitano of Nvidia to have him explain what the VGX K2 GPU board is all about. This GPU is based on the Kepler architecture that Brian has written about before, and is being released in two phases. The first is the VGX K2 GPU that was released at Synergy. This is a dual-GPU board that can be assigned to specific virtual machines for users that require high-end graphics processing in their VDI session. Each machine is tied to a single GPU, so each board supports two users.
Currently, Nvidia is testing the next phase, which is sharing those GPUs amongst multiple VMs. If you remember the part of Brian's article about the crazy licensing for GPUs, this is where that comes in. Shared GPUs aren't released yet, but I'm expecting to see Nvidia talking about it at Synergy in May.
Cisco VXI Solution
Justin (our Justin) caught up with Alex Vandeusen of Cisco (who I unknowingly sat next to on the flight home!) for a demo of Cisco VXI. Alex showed off their complete end user solution with PoE thin clients, including one built into a phone. Cisco has put a lot of effort into making the thin clients specifically for their VoIP and video solutions that eliminates hairpinning and can reduce bandwidth consumption between the devices and the datacenter.
Cisco Nexus 1000v
Justin also met up with Nisarg Shah to talk about Cisco's Cloud Network Services based on the Nexus 1000v architecture. Nisarg also shows off the Nexus 1000v integration with Citrix XenServer.