Cirix iForum 2004 Definitely NOT a 'Yawner,' MPS 4 Around the Corner

Over the past few weeks, I have predicted that Citrix iForum 2004 would be a bit of a yawner and that no major announcements would be made. As it turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong!

Over the past few weeks, I have predicted that Citrix iForum 2004 would be a bit of a yawner and that no major announcements would be made. As it turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong! From what I can tell now, this is going to be one of the best iForums ever.

Even though the "official" kickoff keynote speeches don't take place until tomorrow, I've been reading through the materials here and talking to a lot of people. As it turns out, we're in for a treat:

  • Citrix will be releasing MetaFrame Presentation Server 4 (MPS4) somewhere in the first half of 2005.
  • iForum attendees are being provided with a Technical Preview (Beta) of MPS4.
  • MPS4 will include processor workload management technology from Aurema and memory optimization technology from RTO Software
  • MPS4 will include re-vamped printing technology. (I'll provide a more in-depth look at this later today.)
  • MPS4 will include better patch management and trouble reporting mechanisms.
  • Throughout this show, Citrix will talk about how the various products in their Access Suite will be more tightly integrated together.

Regarding the agenda, Citrix has scheduled multiple technical sessions for today, and they have many hands-on labs scheduled for Thursday. In the past people have complained that this event has not been technical enough. It looks like Citrix got that message this year, because this year's event has many more and deeper technical sessions than in the past.

On a side note, I'd also like to point out that there's a ton of cool technology in use at iForum. First of all, the attendee badges are all HID iClass RF Tag cards. Therefore, when entering sessions, all you have to do is place your badge near the reader and it checks you in. Also, they have RF card readers attached to all of the public Internet terminals, so you simply place your badge near the reader to logon.

Finally, there are LCD flat screens everywhere which direct you to various areas, and flat screen are always.

I'll write more about MPS4 and the new printing technology later this afternoon.

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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 4, 2004
Brian,,if your weren't such monkey's as* you probally would have known this stuff a long time ago..

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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 5, 2004
A long time ago, being a few days.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 5, 2004
Many admins like myself work for cheap companies who would never send us to iForum. I, along with everyone else who visits www.brianmadden.com, appreciate all the updates, keep them coming.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 5, 2004
Brian - would love to meet you. let me know if are around to hit a beer at espn zone
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This message was originally posted by xs4citrix on October 5, 2004
I won't spoil brians update article on printing, but can say that the citrix printer guys have been working a long time on it, and the stuff looks good.
I think a lot of printer solution vendors will have a serious problem, once MPS 4 hits the streets. Looking forward on doing some performance comparisons between them and the new UPDIII
The techlab over at iforum gives you the opportunity to play with it (and with all the new cool stuff) giving you a good insight.
It's my first iforum, and loving every minute of it.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 6, 2004
Dont think all the printing vendors will have a problem. Since we are selling one of them, of course we have a vested interest. But seriously looking at the complicated nature of printing is what Citrix is not doing, and thats exactly what it takes to handle the whole slew of issues surrounding printing. Simply said, Citrix is not a printing company.
I think we can expect to see a Darwinistic dying off of the weaker product(s)due to this release.
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This message was originally posted by xs4citrix on October 6, 2004
The real power in the new UPDIII is that it's embedded into the client, requiring zero other footprint which is mandatory in CSG/internet setups with unknown homeusers buying the cheapest crap they can get their hands on, which is not PCL or PC compliant. The new UPD can take care of that one. If it's up for the performance and usability of apps like thinprint uniprint etc needs to be seen in testsetups. I hope that getting the TP at iforum is not a hoax, so we can get a better insight in the new UPDIII in general.
New customers will certianly go for the (same price) embedded UPDIII, then add additional products. Old time customers could have more confidence in the proven technology. Time will tell if it's a killer, or a bummer.
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This message was originally posted by Matthias on October 7, 2004
So why is it that we need a new full version of the main product? Why was MPS3 not XP 1.0 FR4? It wasn't THAT big in new technology. Many of my customers have even 1.8 farms still doing fine. And those that contemplate migrating to 3.0 probably won't after these news. And - quite honestly - I cannot recommend it. Why go through the hassle every year? Because you pay for subscription? 3.0 is a great product, don't get me wrong. But hey, it's as good as obsolete with 4.0 only half a year away.
And this from a company that boasts about good TCO.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on October 8, 2004
I tried to get a copy...buy it was nowhere to be found. What was in the bag was version 3. The only place to see it was in the lab...not even on the show room floor.

This sounds like it was more marketing hype than anything.
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This message was originally posted by CMan on October 8, 2004
It's amusing to see comments about the frequency of product updates from Citrix !! I'm sure if they hyped all of the features of MPS4 an said it would ship next year.....the same people would complain bitterly if it didn't ship until 2007, and then with half the functionality missing. Who does this.....ah yes Microsoft....and they get away with it every time!!
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This message was originally posted by Dave Fiske on October 8, 2004
To the person who could find the Tech Preview of MPS 4, you can download it from www.mycitrix.com. I was told we'd be getting a copy of it too, but all I got was the MPS 3 Access Suite cd's with 30-day demo.
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This message was originally posted by MVP on October 11, 2004
Hi all, I just downloaded the MPS 4 tech preview
I'll post here some feedback as we will set up a lab tomorrow morning
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This message was originally posted by infonet on October 21, 2004
I wonder how long it would take before they rebrand this new product with another name? Citrix should understand that as designers and implementers we can not keep up with their ever changing product range.
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