Cloudbursting XenApp: Hype or Reality?, a video from BriForum 2010

It seems like every vendor in the world is hyping 'cloud' somewhere in their marketing pitch. The noise is so prolific that it's hard for any astute technologist to ignore.

Presenter: Rick Dehlinger
Co-Presenter: Jim Moyle

It seems like every vendor in the world is hyping 'cloud' somewhere in their marketing pitch. The noise is so prolific that it's hard for any astute technologist to ignore. As desktop and application delivery specialists, many of us have been building and running 'clouds' for quite some time, albeit 'private clouds,' private delivery systems, centralized hosting environments, or whatever the term du jour may be.

As we've come to expect, the delivery technologies we use and the plethora of available services delivered out of the cloud have evolved at a dramatic pace. As we dive down into the microcosm of our specific niche of the industry, we're seeing a couple vendors pitching a hybrid approach to cloud service consumption - Citrix and Amazon. The noise they're making together means that we'll all likely have to field questions on the topic sometime soon, which begs the question: Is it real, or is it hype?

This session explores this hybrid approach to cloud usage (which has been called 'cloud bursting') and seeks to answer some of the key questions on all of our minds including the following::

  • What is 'cloud bursting'?
  • Why would anyone want to do it?
  • Is it reality or hype?
  • What are some of the things we have to consider before adopting such an approach?
  • Which vendors provide the right cloud infrastructure?
  • What are the infrastructure components we need to achieve the right result?
  • How do Citrix and Amazon do it?
  • What support does Citrix provide to help?
  • What support does Amazon provide to help?
  • How do I build it?
  • Can I do it with 'off the shelf components'?
  • Can I extend my existing infrastructure?

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