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A preview of BriForum 2010 Chicago

Brian Madden looks ahead to BriForum 2010 in Chicago, a vendor-neutral conference where IT workers can compare notes on desktop virtualization technologies and best practices.

BriForum 2010 kicks off next week at the Chicago Hilton. This is our eighth (and biggest) conference to date, with more than 30 speakers, 59 technical breakout sessions and 31 vendors in our hands-on Demo Lab. After so many years, you might think it's hard to stay excited about BriForum, but with everything that's happening in our industry and with the lineup for downtown Chicago next week, it's impossible not to be excited!

If you're not familiar with BriForum, it is our three-day 100% technical and 100% vendor-neutral desktop virtualization conference. We created it as a live forum where people who are "in the trenches" with desktop and application virtualization can learn, share ideas and experiences, and meet with their peers. We've had an amazing 500 breakout sessions over the past seven BriForums, and most are available for free at

[BriFroum] is our three-day 100% technical and 100% vendor-neutral desktop virtualization conference.

I hope to see you next week, but if you can't make it to Chicago, you can follow the action via the blogs and tweets on

What's most exciting about BriForum 2010
It's hard to narrow down what the most interesting things will be, but after taking a look at the agenda, here's what I'm most excited about.

BriForum has always been about discussing and sharing best practices, and this year's event is no different. There will be sessions about backing up and restoring virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), virtualizing terminal servers, VDI sizing, application troubleshooting, disk image access patterns, integrating Microsoft App-V with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, large farm design, virtual machine-hosted apps, profile tuning, and of course, understanding the latest Microsoft licensing.

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Read our coverage from last year's BriForum.

Take a look inside the 2009 DEMO lab.

And don't forget all the new industry trends that we're going to explore in depth. We have sessions on BYOPC (bring your own PC), conversations about whether thin-client devices are still relevant and discussions about migrating to Windows 7. There will also be presentations on Microsoft's newly announced RemoteFX enhancements to Remote Desktop Protocol as well as people deep-diving into their experiences with Citrix's XenClient beta.

We're also continuing our tradition of "head-to-head" sessions where our community experts will lead sessions on App-V versus ThinApp, Terminal Services versus VDI, client VMs versus host-based VMs, and virtual Terminal Servers versus "bare-metal" Terminal Servers.

Of course, a lot of people attending BriForum are just getting started with desktop virtualization. One of our most popular sessions, which is coming back for 2010, is A complete overview of the desktop and application virtualization landscape. In this session, Ruben Spruijt and Shawn Bass share the lay of the land in 75 minutes, explaining how VDI, Terminal Services, application streaming, desktop streaming, client hypervisors and thin clients all fit together into this soup we call "desktop virtualization."

So I hope to see everyone there next week! Registration is still available if you want to make some last-minute travel plans. If not, follow the action on online, and we'll see you in 2011.

Brian Madden is an independent industry analyst and blogger, known throughout the world as an opinionated, supertechnical desktop virtualization expert. He has written several books and more than 1,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization. Madden's blog,, receives millions of visitors per year and is a leading source for conversation, debate and discourse about the application and desktop virtualization industry. He is also the creator of BriForum, the premier independent application delivery technical conference.

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