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Citrix Video Tips

It is difficult to find decent concentrated information sometimes.  Usually bits are found but no collection.  Even though the “Citrix Video Tips” at uTIPu is not as extensive as it could be, it has the beginnings of a very interesting collection.  Perhaps the most interesting ones for me is related to XenDesktop tips.

Here’s a screen capture as of October 20, 2008 of the XenDesktop items:

This site has been used extensively by Citrix bloggers.  However, I do not think that to Citrix bloggers only.  For example, AppSense has an item listed here.

Click on the different topics to home in on the areas that you are most interested in.

Clever Homemade Promotion of Citrix

Give these people a real budget!  This is incredibly clever.  It reminds me of Fantastic Voyage but with a Citrix twist.

This is short movie following the lives of two youngsters caught in the Internet – and how they use Citrix Application Delivery to get home.

This video came out last year and was most likely a result of the YouDeliver competition.  Based on the fact that four thousand people have watched it since last year,  I would guess quite a few of you have already seen it.  I hope not.

Imagination can carry you a long ways.  It’s fun to see a sense of humor as well.

Mark Templeton Video Invitation to Citrix Synergy

Internally Wes Wasson sent an email on Monday advocating the upcoming Citrix Synergy event.  As part of this, at the end, is a link to video authored by Mark Templeton.  Mark, in case you didn’t know, is the CEO of Citrix.  The message describes the upcoming Synergy event and encourages past iForum participants to attend.

It’s a quick way to get an overview of what Synergy is and hopefully Mark can convince you to go better than I can.

Mark Templeton Video Invitation to Citrix Synergy

To give you a bit more promotional material from Wes, here is what Synergy will be comprised of:

Citrix Synergy 2008 – “Where Virtualization, Networking and Application Delivery Meet”

The theme of this year’s event will be “Virtualize. Optimize. Deliver” and will consist of four integrated sub-conferences:

  • iForum User Conference

Get the latest scoop on every Citrix product from A-Xen. Includes more technical sessions, more customer case studies, more demos and more hands-on labs than ever. Everything you loved about iForum in the past and more!

  • App Delivery Industry Expo

No one vendor can solve all your application delivery problems. Making everything from the datacenter to the desktop work in the real world means figuring out how to make products from multiple vendors work well together, even those from vendors that sometimes compete with one another. Features more than 50 vendors showcasing multi-vendor product demos, architectural best practices and technical sessions on hot topics like VDI, green computing, mobile computing and Web 2.0. Also features interactive discussion areas where every surface is a whiteboard, no Power Points are allowed and experts are ready to answer your toughest application delivery questions live.

  • Geek Speak Live!

The ultimate “un-conference” sponsored by Intel. From VDI to networking, datacenter automation to SaaS – customers pick the topics, share their ideas and learn from the REAL experts. Geek Speak Live! will include an engaging “speed geeking” showdown featuring Citrix technical gurus and outspoken independent experts from around the industry. The coffee is hot and the microphones are open! Cap it all off with an evening of standout comedy from Emmy-award winning comedian and impressionist, Dana Carvey.

  • IT 2.0 Business Symposium

Learn how virtualization, networking and application delivery are transforming every aspect of the IT industry in this powerful executive session. Featuring keynote speaker and bestselling author Nicholas Carr (Does IT Matter and The Big Switch), this engaging one-day event is a must for all IT business professionals who want to learn how to survive and thrive in today’s dynamic IT environment. IT 2.0 Business Symposium is included in the full Synergy admission and available at a reduced cost to IT executives who can only come for one day and are not interested in all the technical sessions.

It’s a brave new name with a brave new mission to provide more content.  It does sound interesting but I already know I’m not going.  Australia is just a bit too far away.

Hope you enjoy the conference.

Suite Eye for the Access Guy

iForum 2005 in Sydney, Australia was a pivotal event for the local development team. Based on raw energy and collective inspiration, a project was formed to film a video which was very entertaining as well as education about Citrix products.

Adam Jaques, a key participant in these developments, has finally spent his spare time to upload the results to YouTube. I’ve been asking Adam about these videos for awhile now. The reason is fairly simple. Not only were they well produced, but they also managed to convincingly include a cast of highly technical people without the usual awkwardness.

In 2005, the latest fad on TV was a show called “Queer Eye for a Straight Guy“. The thinking internally that this message could be changed into “Suite Eye for the Access Guy”. It was a clever twist and the format surprisingly works well.

There are seven parts to the “Suite Eye for the Access Guy” based on how it was presented to the iForum audience in Australia. Here are the seven parts in sequence:

Only one of the main characters of this video set has left Citrix (Pierre). The rest still work amongst us. It was a brave foray into the more theatrical marketing space. There is another set of videos that Adam has uploaded which I will mention in a future post.

I remember watching this at iForum 2005 and being extremely proud of what they had accomplished. It was a wonderful concept that was well executed.

The video was so popular that it was replicated in model in America later that year.

Mark’s Message from Summit 2008

During Summit 2008, a video was released from Mark Templeton. The video is fairly brief and summarizes the current visions of Citrix. At this time, the concept of XenApp was first introduced. The video seems to be missing the typical high energy presence of Mark so I suspect it was taken after a very long day.  You can just click the picture to see the video.

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Brian Madden Explains SpeedScreen

The term SpeedScreen is confusing with regards to Citrix because it actually includes five different technologies that have been created over the last several years.  It is easy to get things mixed up, especially since some of the technologies do similar things.

This list of five variants is:

  • SpeedScreen Latency Reduction
  • SpeedScreen Browser Acceleration
  • SpeedScreen Multimedia Acceleration
  • SpeedScreen Flash Acceleration
  • SpeedScreen Image Acceleration

Instead of fully explaining what these do and how they are different, I invite you to watch a 46 minute video that Brian Madden made for Citrix about SpeedScreen in 2006.  It is a well produced and Brian’s depth of knowledge about SpeedScreen is well demonstrated.  You will need Windows Media Player to play this.

During PortICA development I’ve been working on supporting SpeedScreen Browser Acceleration.  Internally it is known as the SpeedBrowse project.  It was started years ago in 2002 by developers in Sydney in the Advanced Products group.  I recently solved a problem with the Mac OS X ICA client with PortICA (part of XenDesktop).  I’ll write about that experience some other time.

SpeedScreen, collectively, has made a big difference to the acceptance of Presentation Server in more complex visual environments.  This work has been continued in such projects as Pictor and Apollo.

I just watched Brian’s video today after having discovered the cache of Citrix technical videos .  It is easy to take SpeedScreen for granted.  The biggest request is to expand what it covers so that more can be supported.  The latest push is to investigate ways of making things better for Flash.

The latest addition to the SpeedScreen family is SpeedScreen Progressive Display.   You can see a demo of this technology at ESRI .  I just tried this and it is impressive.  The concept is to progressively draw something much like how Google Earth works.  Instead of trying to draw lots of detail at once, the image is refined over time.  This is important for rotates and moves where the user does not need all the information.  In fact, the blurring of the image is not highly noticeable.  I seem to remember that this was discovered while working on the Boeing/Citrix project to support Catia remotely.

SpeedScreen Progressive Display

iForum 2007 – Mark Templeton Video Presentation

Mark Templeton

Digging around can pay off. I was looking for a way to get notified of Citrix press releases and hit an About Citrix link. Inside this link is a another link to a video message from Mark Templeton at iForum 2007. For better or worse I have expanded what you can do with the video link by taking away the restrictive EMBED tag that limited the size of the playback.

It requires Windows Media Player and is two hours long. It covers all the current thinking of Citrix, including the acquisition of XenSource announcement. It also covers some of the history of Citrix inventions. The core idea is the shift towards application delivery.

View it as a state of Citrix report. It includes a section about Microsoft and how Citrix and Microsoft are continuing to be close partners.

It is worth watching to catch up. The message of the value of application delivery is becoming more mainstream.

Russ Naples Video About 64-bit Computing (2005)

Russ Naples

There are a few Citrix videos available on the Internet.  I have not found that many yet but persistence usually pays off.  Just yesterday I found one via Veoh that featured Russ Naples.  I worked with Russ in the old days at Citrix and I would guess that he started not long after me.  He was the original (successful) test manager for Citrix.  Citrix had had some test managers before this but things did not always go that well.  He arrived late 1993.Russ had lots of stories about having worked at General Electric.  He was a no-nonsense kind of guy and was well suited to the work ethic of the younger version of Citrix.  He moved up the ranks over the years to eventually become in charge of the development group of Ft Lauderdale.  I only heard small stories about him after I left America in 1997.

Russ moved on to another company called AcXess.  I didn’t get to talk with him when he left so I do not know exactly what happened.  He left Citrix late 2006.  He left AcXess in 2007.  He is now at Learn.com.

Russ’ video was made to emphasize that Citrix was taking 64-bit computing seriously.   You’ll need Windows Media Player to watch it.

It appears to be produced for WinHEC 2005 and was intended to bridge between Citrix and Microsoft efforts for 64-bit support for AMD and Intel CPUs.  The changes to Citrix software all came true as a product for a special version of Presentation Server 4.0.  By the time 4.5 came around it was already built in.

Russ is a very colorful personality and you can sense some of this from the video.   He believed in pushing the envelope and had a very north eastern (New York) style of looking at the world.  I enjoyed working with him up until I left America.  After that our working relationship was essentially non-existent.  The last time I saw him was at a Technical Interchange in Ft Lauderdale in 2005.  I chatted with him briefly but it was obvious that we lived in two very different worlds.