A chat with Remko Weijnen, Solutions Architect at Atlantis Computing

remkoAnd we’re back! We were on a little break for late holidays and today we’re back with our good friend Remko Weijnen to talk all about his journey in IT, software development and reverse engineering.

Remko has had a really interesting career, starting with phone systems, software development and Server based computing / VDI. In this podcast we had the pleasure of talking to Remko about:

  • How Remko Started in IT.
  • How he got started with software development and reverse engineering.
  • Software penetration testing.
  • Why is desktop remoting something that we are all so passionate about.
  • After years in the EUC space, why did Remko move to Atlantis computing.
  • For those interested in software development and reverse engineering, where should they start?
  • Remko and hacking his car.

This was a really fun podcast and it was great to get back to a community member focused podcast!

P.S: Watch out next week for a competition with awesome prizes!

Citrix Workspace Cloud is go! Hear the latest from the A-team!

joeharsh What a big day it is for Citrix! After months and months of development Citrix Workspace Cloud is here and we’ve got all the information you could possibly want!

Today on this special podcast, we’re joined by our friends Joe Vaccaro and Harsh Gupta to talk about workspace cloud, the vision, the execution and the launch details.

Jarian and I have been involved in the early Beta’s and we’re super excited for Joe, Harsh and Citrix as a whole on this momentous day.

On this topic we had the pleasure of talking about:

  • The Citrix Workspace Cloud journey.
  • The Value in workspace cloud.
  • The components shipping.
  • The brilliance of lifecycle management.
  • Workspace cloud versus the competition
  • and much much more!

A chat with David Wagner all about Citrix AppDisk and Citrix AppDNA

DavidWagnerWelcome back to FrontLine chatter and today we’ve got David Wagner, Sr. Product Manager at Citrix Systems, Inc. Joining us to speak all about Citrix AppDisk and Citrix AppDNA.

David has a veteran career with Citrix, involved in products such as Metaframe for Unix, Conference Manager, Profile Manager and Many more. David is now primarily focused on the user experience side of Citrix and Joined us to shoot the breeze and answer many of our questions about the latest feature for the XenDesktop and XenApp suite announced at Citrix Synergy.

In today’s podcast we had the pleasure of talking with David about:

  • What is the vision at Citrix for layering?
  • An overview of What AppDisk is.
  • Is Application layering the Nirvana? Or is a mix between layering and isolation required?
  • How the Integration with App DNA will cut down on layering quagmire updates.
  • Is AppDisk a spinoff technology from Personal V-Disk? What’s the difference between them?
  • Will we see integration between AppDisk technology with isolation, even with other vendors?
  • How can AppDisk help with the AppV cache?
  • Will we see AppDisk traverse to Physical Machines at any point?
  • What is exactly the integration between App DNA and App Disk? Is this the real jewel in the crown of layering for Citrix?
  • What makes AppDisk different from the competitors? (Fslogix, Liquidware Labs, App Volumes, Unidesk, etc.)
  • Will AppDNA be capable of spitting App Disks directly from the engine?
  • Will AppDisk work without AppDNA?
  • How does AppDisk get the layers to users? Is it on boot or logon?
  • What magic number of AppDisks should the customer try not to exceed per VM?
  • When a file is requested, what is the logic from disk to disk to find the file?
  • Where will AppDNA fit from a licensing model? Separate product? Integrated to licensing level?
  • Mobile explosion. Storing identity and finance on a single device.
  • Thoughts on Windows Phone.

A chat with Kevin Goodman, Founder and CEO of FSLogix

kevinWelcome back to Frontline Chatter!  After a busy few weeks attending conferences, Andrew and Jarian are happy to chat with Kevin Goodman, Founder and CEO of FSLogix.  Kevin has been a big fan and supporter of Frontline Chatter so it was great to catch up and talk about FSLogix.

We really enjoyed this podcast with Kevin.  Layering/Containers are a hot topic these days so good to have another player in the industry come and discuss with us.

In this episode we were happy to discuss with Kevin the following:

  • Kevin’s career path from RTO Software to VMware to FSLogix.
  • Best of Citrix Synergy Award for Application and Desktop Virtualization.
  • Recent round of funding.
  • Isolation, Containers, and Layering.
  • Storage Impact and Considerations for containers/layering/redirection.
  • How FSLogix came to be.
  • Overview of FSLogix:
    • FSLogix Apps
      • Rule Editor/Rulesets
      • Apps Containers
        • In guest vs hypervisor
      • Java Redirection
      • Profile Containers
        • Benefits over traditional
        • Comparison to RDS User Profile Disks
        • Folder Redirection/File Server issues
  • FSLogix upcoming features.
  • Bitcoin transactions/underlying technology.

 

Link to FSLogix Downloadable Rulesets Kevin refers to in this episode.

Lets talk VMware Project Enzo!

benFun times and what a podcast! We managed to swoop in right after the Project Enzo announcement during Citrix Synergy last week and book some time with Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist for VMware Horizon to talk about a VMware’s latest EUC announcement, VMware project Enzo. Project Enzo was a huge announcement and we were very keen to learn more!

Ben is a great guy, we’ve interacted a number of times on twitter and it was great to finally get to chat with him.

Because today’s podcast is all about VMware EUC and Project Enzo. If you have not heard of Project Enzo yet, check out the following video (we’ll wait!). It wont take long and it’s well worth the watch!

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On today’s podcast, we had the pleasure to talk to Ben about the following:

  • Ben’s history in IT
  • Novell and Identity Management.
  • Ben’s Move to VMware and how he has seen VMware grow in the EUC space
  • How VMware EUC projects help Citrix customers.
  • What is Project Enzo?
    • Cloud Management Engine
    • Smart Node technology
    • JIT Desktops, Apps and User Data with App-Volumes and Project Fargo.
  • How does Enzo work?
  • Is this a DaaS expansion to on prem, or vice versa?
  • How tightly will Enzo rely on EVO:RAIL type platforms?
  • How tightly is this integrated with what was once “DeskTone”
  • Will Enzo be open to other vCloud Air providers?
  • How does Enzo weigh up Vs Citrix Workspace Cloud?
  • IOT and smart homes

A chat with Patrick Rouse, Product Manager for Wyse vWorkspace

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Jarian and I have been fans of vWorkspace for some time and were thrilled when Patrick Rouse, member of the product management team for Wyse vWorkspace at Dell, decided to entertain our nonsense and join us on a podcast! Patrick has been in the Server Based Computing market for years, achieving CTP, MVP and now heads up Product management for the vWorkspace product in Dell Wyse.

This was a really fun podcast, we had our usual agenda rounded off at a tidy 30 minute mark, but enjoyed ourselves so much, the time flew by and we ended up with a 50 minute conversation full of fun and intrigue.

We recorded this podcast just before Citrix Synergy, on this podcast we had the utmost pleasure to talk to Patrick about the following:

  • Patricks career path, Marine Corps, to CTP, to MVP, to Quest, To Dell and all that was between!
  • The 90’s and WinFrame and POTS, oh my!
  • Why is there such a cult following for Server Based Computing and the magic when you get it.
  • Where did vWorkspace come from and how did it end up in the Dell product suite.
  • How did vWorkspace integrate on acquisition by Dell.
  • What is vWorkspace?
  • The completeness of the vWorkspace suite and the announced appliance for vWorkspace at Microsoft ignite.
  • Whats new in the vWorkspace 8.6 beta.
    •  Double byte chars
    • Layering functionality, Yay! (definitely a trend for 2015)
    • Full clone virtual desktops on Hyper-V, regardless if direct or SCVMM.
    • Chrome connector for vWorkspace.
    • Simplifying the connector to be suitable for your mom!
    • Drag and drop from local to hosted applications (Take note everyone else, we get asked for this daily!)
  • As an early adopter to Linux Desktops, how has vWorkspace seen the market mature?
  • Does vWorkspace have vGpu/RemoteFX plans in the near future?
  • Parallels, 2X and Odin.
  • Storage spaces direct
  • RDP .next and OpenGL support.
  • No SCVMM needed for vWorkspace, yay!
  • Could vWorkspace succeed head on vs Citrix and VMware?

Big big podcast, but well worth the listen. Take care guys n’ gals, we’ll be back soon.

A chat with Jim Moyle, Lead Solutions Consultant at Atlantis Computing

jimWelcome back to FrontLine Chatter, we’re coming to you from Citrix Synergy in Orlando and we had the rare luxury of recording an in person podcast with the one and only Jim Moyle.

Jarian and Andrew are great friends with Jim, having the ability to sit down with Jim was too good to pass up. In this episode Jim, Jarian and Andrew have a beer together and talk all about Jim, Atlantis and the conference so far.

Specifically, on this episode we discuss:

  • Who Jim is and where he came from.
  • What Jim does day to day in Atlantis.
  • As employee #32 in Atlantis, how have you seen the company grow.
  • Atlantis’s First hardware appliance for the hyper converged market.
  • Why Hardware vendor choice gives customers options.
  • Is the new Atlantis appliance a “desktop workload first” appliance
  • So the Atlantis appliance is all flash, why no higher capacity spinning disk?
  • How prevalent do you see Hyper Converged in the future?
  • Has hardware added logistical concerns?
  • How are Atlantis, from a strategic point of view going to claim their stake and push their elbows out?
  • Datacenter Lifecycle management.
  • Application layering and containerisation.
  • How to get rid of people in the bar the “Jim Moyle” way ;)

 

CTP panel review of Day 1 Keynote at Citrix Synergy

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Welcome back to the Frontline Chatter podcast. Today we’re coming to your from Orlando, Florida the location of Citrix Synergy this year. Today on the show, Jarian and Andrew are joined by an illustrious panel of Citrix CTP’s:

  • Andrew Wood
  • Cláudio Rodrigues
  • Kees Baggerman
  • Mike Nelson
  • Sam Jacobs

On this podcast, we review the hype, buzz and content in the first keynote of Citrix Synergy 2015.

A chat with Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware Labs.

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Today on Episode 7 we had the real pleasure of speaking with Jason Mattox, CTO of Liquidware. Liquidware were a relatively unknown for Jarian and I up until recently. We requested a demo of their solution stack recently, we were blown away.

On this blog post, we had the pleasure to talk to Jason about:

  • Who is Jason and where did he come from.
  • The founding and direction of Liquidware Labs.
  • What has Liquidware Labs up their sleeves for 2015.
  • Why is application layering such an important factor of a desktop virtualisation product.
  • How Liquidware’s cross platform app layering really beats the pack.
  • How application layering can help with security.
  • And how do you manage those billions of pictures scattered across your families iPhones!

Throughout the blog post, you’ll hear Jarian and Andrew really excited about their product offering, attached below of a grid to see just how far across the Desktop experience Liquidware’s products stretch, from requirements gathering, to monitoring, to user profile management, IO acceleration and even Application layering and virtualisation.

 

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With Citrix Synergy just around the corner, Liquidware Labs will be there in Booth number 434, drop by and check them out.

PS: Sorry in advance for Jarian’s audio at times, Jarian has been suitably scolded and has agreed that there will be no changing mic’s before podcasts!

Gunnar Berger, From Consultant to Gartner Analyst to CTO of Desktops and Applications at Citrix.

gunnarWelcome back to FrontLine Chatter Episode 6, returning is our good friend and all round nice guy Gunnar Berger talking about this move to CTO in Citrix. Where Gunnar came from and what excites him about the product roadmap for Citrix Apps and Desktops division in the immediate future and further.

This podcast is extremely timely with Citrix Synergy just around the corner, Gunnar drops tons of hints and tips towards the future and it’s a fascinating listen.

In this podcast, Jarian, Andrew and Gunnar discuss:

  • Who is Gunnar and where he came from.
  • What has his first few months with Citrix been like.
  • What Excites Gunnar the most about the roadmap.
  • Shadow IT.
  • Citrix Workspace Cloud as the Pivot Citrix needs.
  • Sharefile and the strong business model of Cloud only control planes.
  • Sanbolic acquisition and plans.
  • Linux Desktops and demands.
  • FrameHawk Integration – layers, watermarks and advertisements, oh my!
  • FrameHawk is a framework, not a silver bullet.
  • Gunnars love for all things OpenStack, Datacenter, big data and big data for Citrix technologies.

And the two images Gunnar refers to:

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