Virtualization: Citrix Synergy 2012: 10 New Initiatives in Cloud Computing, Virtualization

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-05-11 Print this article Print
Project Avalon

Project Avalon

Citrix unveiled Project Avalon, an initiative to transform any Windows application or desktop into a cloud service delivered across any network, to any device. Citrix already delivers Windows apps and desktops to more than 100 million users. With Project Avalon, Citrix integrates all its IT to extend these same capabilities to the thousands of enterprises that want to adopt private cloud deployments that offer the same resource optimization, infrastructure agility and economics that are currently only provided by public cloud offerings, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Project Avalon enables users to deploy personalized Windows apps and desktops in a private cloud across single or multiple sites, and to use public clouds in a capacity-on-demand manner.
Virtualization software maker Citrix has come a long way in the last five years or so, from fundamentally a virtual desktop vendor into a full-service cloud infrastructure provider.  The lengthy list of news announcements at Citrix Synergy 2012, held at Moscone Center West in San Francisco from May 8-11, bears out this impressive development as a company. Not only is the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company continuing to sell virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) systems and partner with such key companies as Hewlett-Packard, NetApp and IBM, but it also is branching out into collaboration software, mobility packages for iPads and other devices–even advanced printing software. Citrix is also making a strong move into cloud computing services with one of its prominent new ventures being Citrix CloudPlatform, which the company describes as the "first commercially supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack." Here is a list of 10 key data points from the conference.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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