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Citrix Synergy 2015 conference coverage

News and analysis from the Citrix Synergy conference, May 12-14 in Orlando.

Introduction

Citrix Synergy attendees will learn what the company has in store for the near future, and it's safe to say the software-defined workplace will play a big role.

Synergy is, of course, still about desktop and application virtualization, networking, mobility and cloud computing. But this year Citrix will put even more focus on the idea of software-defining everything, which is changing what IT shops look like. Software-defined networks, storage and whole data centers can be more nimble, programmable and dynamic -- a model that resonates with IT professionals seeking to make their lives easier, and with companies that want to support users in new and potentially more effective ways.

The conference takes place May 12-14 in Orlando, and we'll deliver all the news from the show with expert analysis, as well as the winners of the Best of Citrix Synergy 2015 Awards.

1New Citrix updates-

From the show

Check out all the news from Synergy 2015 and find out what happened, straight from the conference floor.

News

XenServer serves purpose for virtual desktop and app publishing

Citrix knows most customers turn to VMware for server virtualization, so it's trying to make XenServer the best option for hosting XenApp and XenDesktop. This will steer companies toward the entire Citrix stack instead of picking and choosing from other vendors. Continue Reading

News

Citrix ShareFile gets third-party DLP integration

Security-conscious IT shops received some welcome additions to Citrix ShareFile this week, including third-party DLP integration within ShareFile’s data zones to provide an added level of control. Continue Reading

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Citrix XenMobile offers dynamic containerization

Citrix previewed XenMobile’s dynamic containerization at Synergy, which applies a container to any app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. IT can use it to containerize public apps on the fly, but some attendees remain skeptical of its viability. Continue Reading

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Citrix refocuses on XenApp

When Citrix combined XenApp and XenDesktop many IT shops were disappointed it lacked some key features. At Synergy 2015 Citrix revealed the new feature pack for XenApp 6.5, and added a migration tool to help IT make the move to X7.X. Continue Reading

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Complexity stands in the way of XenMobile adoption

Many organizations are hesitant to adopt mobility management products such as XenMobile because the tools are complex to implement. Some shops don’t have the skills or knowledge in-house to manage them, whereas other companies simply don’t see the need for mobility management products. But a data leak can quickly change that perspective. Continue Reading

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Workspace Cloud simplifies desktop and app delivery

IT pros got a hands-on preview of Citrix Workspace Cloud at Synergy. The cloud-based control plane makes desktop and application delivery much easier for admins. But are the changes too big for companies to adopt? Continue Reading

2Tips and tricks-

Expert Citrix advice

Take a look at the latest tips, columns and analysis of the technologies on display at Synergy 2015, and get up to speed with session recaps and answers to frequently asked questions.

Answer

How to upgrade to Citrix Receiver for Windows Version 4.2.100

Citrix has released a new version of Receiver for Windows. Version 4.2.100 boasts better graphics performance for XenDekstop and XenApp 7.6 as well as support for Windows tablets. Continue Reading

Feature

Top 10 ShareFile features IT can't live without

Citrix detailed the top 10 features in its enterprise file sync-and-share product ShareFile at Synergy 2015. The EFSS tool offers flexible storage options, data protection, Active Directory integration and more. Continue Reading

News

WorkspacePod de-centralizes data for local feel

Centralizing data and applications may make management easier, but it's not the best option for every shop. Citrix's WorkspacePod makes data available across branch offices without needing WAN access, and the data feels local. Continue Reading

Opinion

Citrix strikes back at VMware with Sanbolic buy

Sanbolic's Melio product has become the basis of Citrix's hyper-converged infrastructure offering, WorkspacePod, and could help the company compete against VMware's VSAN. VSAN offers customers a complete stack, and now with Melio, Citrix can do the same. Continue Reading

Tip

DesktopPlayer for Windows on the way

Citrix DesktopPlayer for Windows could solve some of the problems of running client-side VMs. It’s a Type 2 hypervisor, which means you don’t have to wipe a machine before you install DesktopPlayer. The version for Mac has been around for a while, but DesktopPlayer for Windows lets you support alternative OSes on Windows machines. Continue Reading

3Top Citrix terms-

Glossary

Brush up on the definitions of some of the most common terms you'll hear at Synergy.

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