The latest Citrix Synergy event kicked off in Barcelona
today, with Citrix unveiling the next phase of Project Avalon, which aims to deliver
Windows apps and desktops via the cloud to any enabled device.
The project was first announced at the Citrix
Synergy San Francisco event in May 2012, which was attended by 6000 IT
professionals over the course of three days. The US event featured learning
labs, breakout sessions and allowed attendees to earn Citrix certifications by
taking exams at the event.
Those unable to attend can still learn about the innovations
of the project via Citrix’s SynergyTV,
which is still available to view online.
At the Barcelona event today,
Citrix revealed tech previews of the "Excalibur” and "Merlin” releases which
will make up the core of the Avalon project. The former is designed to deliver
advancements in "simplicity, scalability and rich multi-media services needed
to deliver Windows apps and desktops to millions of new consumer style mobile
Merlin will be available as a preview next year and will
focus on Windows as a service, "simplifying and automating infrastructure
deployment and management across virtual infrastructure, private clouds and
public clouds, while enabling self-service subscription for users and
Excalibur features "Flexcast 2.0”, which is designed to
allow administrators to manage all devices from a single console and deliver a
mix of applications, simplifying the delivery of apps and desktops by extending
the Flexcast Management Architecture to Xendesktop and Citrix XenApp. This will
include the ability to deliver Windows images to physical desktops
Excalibur also includes support for Windows Server 2012 and
Windows 8, as well as the earlier version of Windows Server 2008, R2. Additionally,
there will be support for Windows clients running Windows 7 and XP.
"With Avalon, we are bringing together the openness of
Citrix CloudPlatform with our market leading desktop virtualization solution to
give enterprises and service providers the ability and flexibility to deliver
Windows apps and desktops from private, public and hybrid clouds to users on
any device, anywhere,” said Bob Shultz of Citrix.
Excalibur will be available in preview form from November 1
2012 and the Merlin release of Project
Avalon will be available in the first half of 2013.To
see Citrix CEO give his speech on cloud solutions, visit the Synergy 2012
website, where more videos of the event will be available as they happen.