Synergy 2016 gives Citrix a chance to show that after one of its most tumultuous years, the company still understands the end-user computing, data center and networking needs of its customers.
With a new CEO and a renewed focus on its core products, Citrix is a different company than it was at last year's Synergy conference. Perhaps the most visible change is the absence of charismatic, longtime CEO Mark Templeton, who stepped aside in October 2015.
But conference attendees will likely care even more about the new developments announced at Synergy, and the content covered in nearly 200 sessions. Since Synergy 2015, Citrix has eliminated many of its non-core products and is in the process of splitting off its GoTo product line into a separate company. The company is now refocusing on what it does best: desktop, application and server virtualization, as well as enterprise mobility management (EMM).
The conference takes place May 24-26 in Las Vegas, and we'll deliver all the news from the show with expert analysis, as well as the winners of the Best of Citrix Synergy 2016 Awards.
1From the show floor-
Synergy 2016 news
Check out all the news from Synergy 2016 and find out what happened, straight from the conference floor.
There was plenty of Citrix news to go around at Synergy 2016. Beyond XenDesktop support for Windows 10 desktops as a service, Citrix also announced product updates and strategic alliances with hardware vendors. Continue Reading
VDI shops are often scared off from hyper-converged infrastructure because of the price tag, but Citrix and Nutanix announced two cheaper HCI options at Synergy 2016. Continue Reading
Citrix ShareFile boosts security after a file leaves the EFSS system with information rights. Learn more about the news from Citrix Synergy 2016. Continue Reading
Raspberry Pi thin client devices aren't popular yet in the enterprise, but Citrix's HDX system-on-chip version could provide workers with cheap remote access to virtual desktops and apps. Continue Reading
An upcoming integration between Citrix XenMobile and Microsoft Intune implies the two EMM products are better together, but don't forget that they are also competitors. Continue Reading
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See Synergy for yourself
Watch some of the notable moments and interviews from this year's Synergy conference.
Some IT customers at Citrix Synergy 2016 are pushing for Windows 10 adoption this year. Watch this video to find out why and discover what is holding other companies back.
Virtualization shops deal with several common issues, including calculating the ROI for a VDI deployment, sizing an implementation and getting legacy applications to work.
Many companies are starting to use enterprise mobility management products, but most IT departments only use a handful of the many features in EMM platforms.
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Take a look at the latest tips, columns and analysis of the technologies on display at Synergy 2016, and get up to speed with session recaps and answers to frequently asked questions.
Citrix announced a feature-rich update to its XenApp and XenDesktop virtualization products at Citrix Summit in January. Updates include an app layering product that is available in all editions of both products, as well as several integrations to improve or add support for Microsoft products. Continue Reading
Citrix dropped a lot of the features IT pros liked when it switched to FlexCast Management Architecture in XenApp 7, which caused many organizations to stand pat. Citrix is now adding back several of those features, such as zone management, which allows IT to upgrade without making compromises. Continue Reading
Many companies are looking for a way to ensure the security of employees' remote access to corporate email. IT can use XenMobile Mail Manager to monitor devices running Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync or BlackBerry Enterprise Service. Continue Reading
The Citrix USB Redirection to Cloud feature adds stylus support for peripheral devices in XenApp and XenDesktop, which lets designers use drawing tablets and allows other workers to either sign documents or collect signatures remotely. Continue Reading
One of the last big hurdles in desktop and app virtualization is the ability to support remote 3D applications, but Citrix HDX 3D Pro optimizes GPU virtualization and allows workers to use computer-aided design apps, geographical information system software and more. Continue Reading
Users can access their virtual desktops and applications through XenDesktop and XenApp, but Citrix's StoreFront enterprise app store provides workers with central access to the corporate resources they need. Continue Reading
4Before you go-
Need-to-know pre-show info
Before Synergy 2016 kicks off, see what our contributors expect to see at the show and get caught up on all the latest Citrix news.
Sources say BlackBerry and Citrix are poised to team up with VMware AirWatch, IBM, MobileIron and JAMF in the AppConfig Community for mobile application management standards. Continue Reading
Citrix discontinued some nonessential products, changed its CEO and went through a series of layoffs since early 2015, but the future, which includes staples such as XenDesktop and XenApp, is coming into focus. Continue Reading
Synergy 2016 has plenty in store for IT pros who support mobility or desktop and application virtualization. Citrix will host sessions on topics such as unified management, improved Microsoft integrations in XenApp and XenDesktop, and new capabilities in HDX remoting. Continue Reading
Tatarinov joins Citrix after a long career as an engineer and executive at Microsoft. The new CEO's software background indicates that Citrix is more interested in getting the company back in IT's good graces than selling itself off in parts. Continue Reading
Citrix's big new product offering in 2015 was Workspace Cloud, which allows IT to manage users' resources from a unified, cloud-based console. The company also added unified endpoint management to XenMobile in January 2016, so attendees should anticipate that centralized control will be a common topic at Synergy 2016. Continue Reading
One of the most exciting developments from Synergy 2015 was a potential feature in XenMobile that would have made it easy to containerize any mobile application. Much to IT's chagrin, Citrix abandoned its Dynamic Containerization concept last December. Continue Reading
Workspace Cloud was the talk of Synergy 2015, but VMware has since released its own superficially similar cloud-based management product -- at a lower price tag. Continue Reading
Citrix could afford to see what the market would bear when it had the only cloud-based workspace management product in town. But when VMware entered the same market, it pushed Citrix to make Workspace Cloud more affordable. Continue Reading
Brush up on the definitions of some of the most common terms you'll hear at Synergy.