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Citrix Receiver Flavors, Release Cadence &Support

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 11:00

When I started as a software engineer (way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), I remember releases used to be a once per year occurrence followed by a crazy ship party. But like dinosaurs, software development models have evolved and …

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The Rise of Dark AI

Citrix employee blogs - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 06:00
As the world of information security becomes more complex, every week brings new announcements and promises in the shape of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) research. Whilst there is still a lot of marketing buzz, we are now …   Related Stories
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The Continued Evolution of VMware Cloud

Theresa Miller - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 05:30

Since the word cloud first appeared in terminological lingo, VMware has often been used in the same sentence. In recent years, the concept of cloud has evolvoed, and so has the VMware’s strategy and products as a whole. Recently, VMware announced even more products, features, and enhancements to continue the VMware cloud evolution. VMware Cloud […]

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sepago gewinnt Citrix Cloud Partner Award 2017

Nicholas Dille (Sepago) - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 00:00
Im Rahmen der Citrix Partner Accelerator am 5. März in Hanau wurden die besten Citrix Cloud Partner geehrt. Sepago darf ab jetzt den Titel "Citrix Cloud Partner Nummer 1 in Central & Eastern Europe" tragen. Darüber freuen wir uns sehr.  Sie sind interessiert an den...
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Citrix XenApp Serviceのご紹介:ハイブリッドクラウドソリューションに移行するもっともシンプルな方法

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 23:00

このブログは、2018年3月にCitrix本社のプロダクト担当のHarsh Guptaが執筆したブログ「Introducing Citrix XenApp Service: The Simplest Way to Move to a Hybrid Cloud Solution」を元に日本語で執筆しています。内容は最新の情報等踏まえて原文より更新されている場合がある点ご了承下さい。

https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2018/03/06/introducing-citrix-xenapp-service-the-simplest-way-to-move-to-a-hybrid-cloud-solution/

サマリー

CitrixはCitrix Cloudサービスとして新しくXenApp Serviceをリリースしました。これによりお客様は、容易にクラウドへの移行の第一歩を開始することができ、オンプレミスやパブリッククラウドの任意のリソースロケーションに適切にワークロードを配置し、高いエクスペリエンス、ビジネス継続性、セキュリティを維持しながら業務を遂行することを可能にします。

本文 Citrixでは、クラウドの移行が一夜ではできないことを理解しています。クラウドへの移行への旅路へはお客様は自分のビジネスペースで進まなければなりません。また、従来のソフトウェアベースのXenAppとXenDesktopからクラウドへの移行も一夜に行うことはできないことを認識しています。多くの企業にとって、ハイブリッドクラウドを導入するという選択肢が、クラウド移行への最もシンプルな方法ではないでしょうか。

このような背景を踏まえまして、CitrixはCitrix Cloud用のXenApp Serviceをリリースし、ハイブリッドクラウドのニーズに対応します。XenApp Serviceは、Windows、Linux、Web、SaaSアプリケーションをどこからでも任意のデバイスに配信し、1つのシンプルな管理コンソールからオンプレミスインフラストラクチャとクラウドベースのインフラストラクチャを管理できるようにします。XenApp Serviceは、お客様のエンタープライズクラウド戦略に最も適した形で、ワークロード展開先の選択を可能にし、準備ができ次第すぐにクラウドに移行することができます。XenApp Serviceは、Citrix Cloud基盤をベースにし、あらゆる機能を備えたアプリケーション仮想化ソリューションをすばやく導入する方法を提供します。

なぜXenAppサービス?

XenApp Serviceは、クラウドへの第一歩を実現する最も簡単な方法です。このXenApp Serviceにより、今日、多くのグローバル企業が直面している課題解決の手助けができるようになります。

リモートアクセス – 従業員は、どこからでも選択したどのデバイスからでも、必要なアプリケーションに安全にアクセスできます。XenApp …

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Q&A with Citrix CSIO, Stan Black: What It Takes To Win The Cybersecurity Professional Of The Year Award

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 20:00

Q: Stan, congrats on winning the cybersecurity professional of the year award! What do you think set you apart from the other candidates?

A: We live in a world where cars can drive themselves, a robot does your vacuuming, and …

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You’re Invited: Citrix Propel: Fueling Citrix Service Providers for the Future!

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:00
On April 17th , in Phoenix, AZ, we are kicking off Citrix Propel, a workshop focused on accelerating growth and bookings for Citrix Service Providers (CSPs).

From product updates to marketing campaigns, business planning to optimization, Citrix Propel

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Knowledge Center Highlights – March 2018

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:00
Hello, Citrix community! Welcome to the March 2018 edition of Citrix Knowledge Center Highlights. This is a collection of new and updated articles, trending articles, and other updates from the Citrix Knowledge Center team.

We have organized these highlights into …

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Don’t Miss the Upcoming XenApp & XenDesktop Master Class

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 14:00
Join technology experts George Kuruvilla and Daniel Feller as they cover the different approaches to XenApp and XenDesktop business continuity. Our experts will provide insights into the latest approaches, demonstrate how some of these solutions work and answer your questions.…   Related Stories
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Why SD-WAN and SaaS Are the Perfect Match

Citrix employee blogs - Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:01

The trend lines are clear: SaaS (software as a service) is here to stay, and it’s only poised to grow further in the future. With SaaS adoption rates now at 79 percent among businesses, moving your enterprise applications into the …

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Significant announcements for AR/VR for the CAD / AEC Industries

Rachel Berrys Virtually Visual blog - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 16:22
Why CAD should care about AR/VR?

VR (Virtual Reality) is all niche headsets and gaming? Or putting bunny ears on selfies… VR basically has a marketing problem. Looks cool but for many in enterprise it seems a niche technology to preview architectural buildings etc. In fact, the use cases are far wider if you get passed those big boxy headsets. AR (Augmented Reality) is essentially bits of VR on top of something see-through. There’s a nice overview video of the Microsoft Hololens from Leila Martine at Microsoft, including some good industrial case studies (towards the end of the video), here. Sublime have some really insightful examples too, such as a Crossrail project using AR for digital twin maintenance.

This week there have been some _really_ very significant announcements from two “gaming” engines, Unity and the Unreal Engine (UE) from Epic. The gaming engines themselves take data about models (which could be CAD/AEC models) together with lighting and material information and put it all together in a “game” which you can explore – or thinking of it another way they make a VR experience. Traditionally these technologies have been focused on gaming and film/media (VFX) industries. Whilst these games can be run with a VR headset, like true games they can be used on a big screen for collaborative views.

Getting CAD parts into gaming engines has been very fiddly:
  • The meshed formats in VFX industries are quite different from those generated in CAD.
  • Enterprise CAD/AEC user are also unfamiliar with the very complex VFX industry software used to generate lighting and materials.
  • CAD / AEC parts are frequently very large and with multiple design iterations so a large degree of automation is needed to fix them up repeatedly (or a lot of manual hard work)
  • Large engineering projects usually consist of thousands of CAD parts, in different formats from different suppliers

Many have focused on the Autodesk FBX ecosystem and 3DS Max, who with tools like their Slate materials editor allowed the materials/lighting information to be added to the CAD data.  This week both Unreal and Unity announced what amounts to end-to-end solutions for a CAD to VR pipeline.

Unreal Engine

Last year at Siggraph in July 2017, Epic announced Datasmith for 3DS Max with the inference of another 20 or so formats to follow (they were listed on the initial beta sign-up dropdown) including ESRI, Solidworks, Revit, Rhino, Catia, Autodesk, Siemens NX, Sketchup; the website today lists fewer but more explicitly, here. This basically promises the technology to get CAD data from multiple formats/sources into a form suitable for VFX.

This week they followed it up with the launch of a beta of Unreal Studio. Develop3D have a good overview of the announcement, here.  This reminds a lot of the slate editor in 3DS Max, and it looks sleek enough that your average CAD/AEC user could probably use without significant training (there are a lot of tutorial resources). With an advertised launch price of $49 per month it’s within the budget of your average small architectural firm and the per month billing makes it friendly to project based billing.

Epic are taking on a big task to deliver the end-to-end solution themselves, but they seem to know what they are doing. Watching their hiring website over the last six months they seem to have been hiring a large number of staff both in development (often in Canada) but also sales/business for these projects (hint: the roles often tagged with enterprise – so easy to spot). Over the last couple of years they’ve also built up a leadership team for these project including Marc Petit, Simon Jones and Christopher Murray and it’s worth reviewing the marketing material those folks are putting out.

Unity Announcement

On the same day as the UE announcement Unity countered with an announcement of providing a similar end-to-end solution via a partnership with PiXYZ, a small but specialist CAD toolkit provider.

Whilst the beta is not yet released, PiXYZ existing offerings look a very good and established technology match. Their website is remarkably high on detail of specific functionality and it looks good. PiXYZ Studio for example has all the mesh fix up tools you’d like for cleaning up CAD data for visualisation and VFX. PiXYZ Pipeline seems to cover all your import needs I’ve heard credible rumours that a lot of the CAD focused functionality is built on top of some of the most robust industry licensed toolkits, so the signs are positive that this will be a robust, mature solution rather fast. This partnership seems to place Unity in a position to match the Datasmith UE offering.

It’s less clear what Unity will provide on the materials / lighting front, but I imagine something like the Unreal Studio offering will be needed.

What did we learn from iRay and vRay in CAD

Regarding static rendering in VFX land: vRay, Renderman, Arnold and iRay compete, with iRay taking a fairly small share. However, via strong GPU, hardware and software vendor partnerships iRay has become the dominant choice in enterprise CAD (e.g. Solidworks Visualize etc). CAD loves to standardise and so it will be interesting if a similar battle of Unity vs Unreal will unfold with and eventual dominant force.

Licensing and vendor lock-in

This has all been enabled by the shift in licensing models of the gaming engines demonstrating they are serious about the enterprise space. For gaming a game manufacturer would pay a percentage such as 9% to use a gaming engine to create their game. This makes no sense in the enterprise space to integrate against a gaming engine which is a tiny additional feature on the overall CAD/PLM deployment. So, you will see lots of headlines about “Royalty Free” offerings, the revenues are in the products such as Datasmith and Studio. The degree to which both vendors rely on 3rd party toolkits and libraries under the hood e.g. CAD translators, the PiXYZ functionality etc will also dictate the profitability via how much Unreal or Unity have to pay in licensing costs.

These single vendor / ecosystem pipelines are attractive but relying on the gaming engine provider for the CAD import and materials could potentially lead to lock-in which always makes some customers nervous. Having done all the work of converting CAD data into something fit for rendering and VR I could see the attraction of being able to output it to iRay, Unity or Unreal, which of course is the opposite of what these products are.

Opportunities

There’s a large greenfield virgin market in CAD/AEC of customers who have very limited or no use of visualisation. Whilst the large AEC firms may have little pockets of specialist VFX, your average 10 man architecture firm doesn’t, like wise for the bulk of the Solidworks base. This technology looks simple enough for those users but I suspect uptake by SMBs may be slower than you might presume because for projects won on the lowest-bid why add a VR/AR/professional render component if Sketchup or similar is sufficient?

In enterprise CAD, AEC and GIS there are already VR users with bespoke solutions and strong specialist software offerings (often expensive) and it will be interesting to see the dynamics between these mass-market offerings and the established high-end vendors such as ESI.io or Optis.

These announcements are also setting Unity and Unreal up to start nibbling into the VFX, film and media ecosystems where specialist complex materials and lighting products are used. For many in AEC/CAD these products are a bit overkill. A lot of these users are likely to be less inclined to build their own materials and simply want libraries mapping the CAD materials (“this part is Steel”) to the VFX materials (“this is Steel and Steel should behave like this in response to light”). In the last month or so we’ve seen UE also move into traditional VFX territory with headlines such as “Visually Stunning Animated Feature ‘Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor’ is the First Produced Entirely in Unreal Engine” and Zafari – a new children’s cartoon TV series made using UE.

 

I haven’t seen any evidence of any integrations with the CAD materials ecosystems bridging that CAD materials (“this part is Steel”) to the VFX materials (“this is Steel and Steel should behave like this in response to light”) part of the solution. If this type of solution becomes mainstream it would be nice to see the material specialists (e.g. Granta Design) and CAD catalogues (e.g. Cadenas) carry information about how VFX type visualisation should be done based on the engineering material data. One to look out for.

 

Overall, I’m very interested about these announcements, lots of sound technology and use cases but whether the mass market is quite over the silly VR headset focus just yet…. we’ll soon find out J.

 

 

 

Viewing VMware Unified Access Gateway statistics with REST

Andrew Morgan - from the trenches - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:38

<Tap Tap> Is this thing still on? Good!

The VMware Unified Access Gateway really is a wonderful device. With a quick deployment of an OVF you’re up and running with free remote access to your VMware Horizon environment. The device is so simple in fact, that it’s often a case of set and forget, it does the hard work freeing you up to do more important things.

A request came in from a customer last year to be able to view more about what this little magic appliance is doing, how healthy it is and how many  users it is currently servicing.

For VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon customers, this data is all available directly in the VROPS portal, but what if you don’t have VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon? or want to query this in an automated fashion?

Well the good news is, the clever engineers behind this project not only allowed RESTful configuration of the product, they also allowed restful retrieval of the information too!

if  you browse to https://<your device IP or name>:9443/rest/v1/monitor/stats you’ll get all the info you could want as below: (after you authenticate, of course).

In the XML REST response you get above, you’ll get the information about the device health and also the services (horizon, authentication, etc.).

So that’s great, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could get that information from PowerShell too?

I’ve thrown together a Powershell module here you can use or hack apart for your own purposes to allow you to query your own Unified Access Gateway appliances.

Simply import the module:

from here you can see the exported cmdlets:

and here are the two exports below:

Get-VMwareUAGHorizonStats:

Get-VMwareUAGHealth:

 

So that’s it! A big thank you to my colleague Mark Benson for the endless, cheerful help. Despite how much of a pest i can be!

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5 Best Practices for File Access in a Digital Workspace

Citrix employee blogs - Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:00
Digital business is here—and people are working everywhere on a multitude of devices. Traditional workplaces are no longer meeting the needs of today’s mobile workforce. Organizations must innovate and upgrade to meet the mobility requirements of employees, partners, and customers …   Related Stories
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Ease the Transition to the Cloud with NetScaler on AWS

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 17:00
Citrix is all about choice. So, when you choose to move your workloads to the cloud, we view it as an opportunity.

With Citrix NetScaler and AWS, you not only get the scalability of the cloud but also, the benefits …

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A Bad Reputation – what are you willing to risk for brand awareness?

Theresa Miller - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 16:35

Do you have a bad reputation? We need to talk about bad reputations and the winner-take-all philosophy in tech. Our companies compete for the same deals, and sometimes they go hard. But, how far is too far when you’re trying to win big deals? Would we know it when we see it? Scandal is what […]

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How Women Formed the Computer Programming Industry

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 14:00

As a presenter, one of my favorite topics this year has been talking about the future of IT security. Where are we heading? What are the implications? What will IT security look like in the future?

If I could summarize …

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Women in IT

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:55

It’s International Women’s Day, and while it’s no secret, this is the perfect time to note that women comprise but a small percentage of IT professionals. While those numbers are increasing – based on numerous efforts to encourage young women …

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VPrefer: Session Sharing Between a Published Desktop and a Published Application Made Easy

Citrix employee blogs - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00

VPrefer is a great new feature introduced in Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop 7.17. It allows you to enable session sharing between a published desktop and application in a double hop scenario with almost no administrative effort. For your end …

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Citrix TIPs Series: Citrix on Azure FAQs

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 21:00
Last month, I joined Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect Jeff Mitchell to present the lessons learned deploying Citrix technologies on Microsoft Azure. In case you missed it, the webinar recording is available on our Technology in Practice homepage.

The event …

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Relax! XenServer Backups Made Easy

Citrix employee blogs - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:00
Imagine you are casually sitting at your desk, working on some vital report, when your cat decides to bump into your coffee and spill it all over your laptop (probably on purpose). ZAP! Your report is lost forever and hours …   Related Stories
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