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