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Industry Analysts to Present Emerging Application Delivery Trends and IT Best Practices at Citrix Synergy
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today announced its featured industry analyst presenters for Citrix Synergy 2008, the all-new industry conference where virtualization, networking and application delivery meet. Industry analysts participating at the conference will discuss best practices and reveal proven tactics for success in todays ever-changing business environment, offering a holistic perspective on emerging enterprise technology. Citrix Synergy will take place May 20 to May 23 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Industry analyst sessions will highlight the latest research in application delivery, networking and virtualization, and outline strategies for implementing and leveraging these cutting-edge technologies, including:

Keeping Pace with Rapid Innovation Best Practices for IT Leadership

IT organizations have historically struggled to keep pace with the speed that the business wants to, and increasingly, has to move. Led by IDC's Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst Frank Gens, this session will present recent research on topics critical to todays IT management leadership and discuss best practices with IT executives who are keeping pace.

End-to-End Virtualization How Do We Get Real Value, Now?

How close are we to virtualization nirvana? Will it truly change IT for the better and deliver real value to the business? The pieces seem to be falling into place with virtualization occurring throughout the enterprise server, storage, desktops, networks and applications. Gartner Research Vice President Mark Margevicius, will present recent research and discuss best practices with leading IT services company CSC, based on its current offerings in application, desktop and server virtualization.

The Hot Seat: Three Views of Desktop Virtualization

Putting three competitive desktop virtualization vendors in a room is bound to generate some interesting discussions. Natalie Lambert, Forrester Research analyst for IT Infrastructure and Operations, will moderate a panel of representatives from Microsoft, VMware and Citrix on the state of the desktop virtualization market.

IT's "Invisible" Silver Bullet Application Delivery Networks

If your network is not application fluent, you are wasting money, opening security holes and certainly not ready for the next wave of change in application architecture Web 2.0. Led by Gartner Research Vice President Joe Skorupa, this session will pull back the curtain on a proven, but often overlooked solution Application Delivery Controllers that could be the silver bullet in helping your business improve costs, security and responsiveness to change.

Transformation with Virtualization: New Approaches to Data Security

Virtualization has the potential to radically transform our standard approaches to information security. On desktops and servers, the virtualization layer can be used to perform introspection on hosted workloads essentially delivering host-based intrusion prevention systems without agents. Trusted hypervisors, malicious code isolation and simulation, trusted compliance watchdogs and transparent deep packet inspection will all be enabled using virtualization technologies. In this session led by Neil MacDonald, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, well tackle issues such as the need to make virtualization trustworthy and how it will contribute to the vision of adaptive security infrastructure.

Citrix Synergy has assembled an impressive lineup of industry analysts well regarded as experts in their field, including:

Chris Wolf, Senior Analyst, Burton Group

Chris Wolf is a senior analyst for Burton Group's Data Center Strategies service. Wolf provides Burton Group's enterprise clients with practical research and advice about server virtualization, data center consolidation, business continuity and data protection. He authored Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise, the first book published on the topic, and has published dozens of articles on advanced virtualization topics, high availability and business continuity.

Mark Bowker, Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group

Mark Bowker is part of ESGs Data Center Transformation practice and focuses on server, network, application and desktop virtualization. His other research areas include Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) optimization and Wide Area Network (WAN) acceleration, as well as the external influences that drive the adoption of these products.

Natalie Lambert, Senior Analyst, Forrester

Natalie Lambert is a leading expert on client security and client management. She advises clients on antimalware, patch management, software deployment, thin-client computing, and desktop and application virtualization. Lamberts research covers management-related topics such as OS migration, application delivery, vulnerability management, asset inventory, desktop virtualization, and security-related topics such as personal firewall, host intrusion prevention, and Windows Vista security.

Neil MacDonald, Vice President and Gartner Fellow, Gartner

Neil MacDonald is a vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow in the information security and privacy practice. He focuses on operating system and application-level security strategies, specifically including Windows security, host-based intrusion prevention systems, converged endpoint security, service-oriented application security, virtualization security and the integration of security into the application development process.

Mark Margevicius, Research Vice President, Gartner

Mark Margevicius is a research vice president and covers end-user computing with a primary focus on PC desktop, notebook and server-based computing. In addition, Margevicius covers client-side computing policies, procedures and best practices, and assists organizations in the justification and planning of technology deployments.

Joe Skorupa, Research Vice President, Gartner

Joe Skorupa is a research vice president in the communications research unit. His research focuses on maximizing application performance via advanced networking technologies including Layer 4-7 switching, server offload, WAN optimization and Wide Area File Services (WAFS), ECDN and XML processing. Through extensive collaboration, Skorupa's research extends to intersections between networking and adjacent research areas including storage, servers and data center optimization, covering topics including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE), I/O virtualization, and emerging branch office and data center architectures.

Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst, IDC

Frank Gens is a senior vice president and chief analyst. He focuses on broad IT industry trends, particularly the strategic adoption of technology by Global 2000 businesses and the industries in which they compete. Gens is the producer of IDC eXchange, IDCs blog and podcast on the state and future of the IT industry, as well as the author of IDC Predictions, the company's annual forecast of major changes in the global development and use of technology.

Robin Gareiss, Executive Vice President and Senior Founding Partner, Nemertes Research

Robin Gareiss is an executive vice president and senior founding partner. She oversees research analysts and direction, conducts strategic seminars, develops cost models and advises leading enterprises, vendors and carriers. Gareiss is a widely recognized expert in voice over IP (VoIP), convergence, collaboration, carrier services, IP networking and branch-office technologies.

About Citrix Synergy 2008

Born as a user conference more than 10 years ago, Citrix Synergy has been completely reconceived as the industrys premier event for application delivery. Citrix Synergy is where virtualization, networking and application delivery meet in a three-day mega-conference with a broad industry focus. Attendees get the benefit of four events with one registration: a traditional user conference with the latest on Citrix products; an application delivery expo of breakout tracks, products and solutions; an IT 2.0 business symposium exclusively for C-level professionals; and Geek Speak Live, an un-conference where tech geeks, analysts and bloggers pick the topics and facilitate the sessions. Citrix Synergy will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, from May 20 to May 23, 2008. More information is available at

Published Friday, April 25, 2008 5:34 AM by David Marshall
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