Citrix Synergy Unveil Project Avalon Details

News Article - Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:18

By: Kerry Butters Category: Hosting

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 devices”.

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 departments”.

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.

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