Does Avni SDC Score Twice With Citrix?
Sep25

Does Avni SDC Score Twice With Citrix?

Recent startup Avni, which is pushing its Software-Defined Cloud concept, has just announced a product integration with NetScaler, the popular Citrix application delivery controller. The deal looks even better for Avni with the news surfacing that Citrix is looking for a quick sale, whole or in part, and possibly to Dell. Analyst Zeus Kerravala, ZK Research, reported back in February that he had come across Avni, who was apparently “talking about cloud virtualization, which brings many benefits, such as seamless application roll-outs across any cloud and application portability across disparate clouds.” This was prior to a formal briefing, but he noted that if Avni can build a product that transforms a customer’s data centers to software defined cloud, “a company could deploy applications, compute and network services almost instantaneously, or “at cloud speed.” Avni unveiled SDC 2.0 back in April, quickly followed by the announcement it had validated its platform against key IT requirements as governed by the Open Networking User Group (May), and that it was joining HP Networking’s SDN Ecosystem (August). The integration of our SDC – “a full-featured platform that includes app services, software-defined network services, 3D analytics, policy automation, and cloud virtualization” – with Citrix’s NetScaler ADC allows us to overcome the bottlenecks that once drove down the performance and elasticity of individual apps in a large-scale cloud environment, said Avni founder and CEO Rohini Kasturi, in a prepared statement. In a conversation with IT Trends & Analysis, Kasturi said the Citrix and HP partnerships were just the first of many that will be announced this year. He said Avni came out of stealth 4-5 months ago and has done a number of deployments, and has a “huge pipeline” of companies, especially large financial companies, media companies. “By the end of the year you’ll see a lot more buzz from Avni.” The company is working on a lot of partnerships, he said, especially with cloud service providers. “The CSP is the big enabler.” Avni addresses two of the biggest pain points of moving to the cloud: getting applications up and running quickly, and the ability to move those applications easily from cloud to cloud. SDC gives companies the freedom to move to an alternative cloud infrastructure in record time and without impact on CapEx or OpEx, said Kasturi in an earlier statement. “What software-defined networking did for legacy networks, we’ve successfully done for the cloud.” Over half (53%) of organizations expect cloud to drive increased revenue over the next two years, according to a new Cisco survey. Moving to the cloud can deliver an average of $1.6 million in additional revenue per application deployed on private...

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Significant Churn Forecast For EFSS Market
Sep10

Significant Churn Forecast For EFSS Market

A lot of enterprises will be shopping for electronic file sync and share capabilities in the near future, according to a new survey from Connected Data. Even better – from the perspective of the ‘leading provider of private cloud file, sync and share appliances (Transporter) designed to combine the simplicity of public cloud file sharing solutions with the performance and security of an on-premise appliance’ – the overwhelming majority of these prospective EFSS customers don’t seem to trust outside service providers. The Santa Clara-based company, with more than 40,000 Transporter users managing more than 24 Petabytes of storage, just reported that over 33% of surveyed enterprises (1,000-plus employees) plan to adopt a new EFSS solution in the next 12 months. This group consists of companies that will be switching systems (21%) and those that plan to adopt their first EFSS (12.6%). While the customer dissatisfaction – “with public cloud around security and privacy” – was a pleasant surprise, it was a surprise, said Geraldine Osman, VP of International Marketing, Connected Data. She told IT Trends & Analysis that the company, which started up in 2011, wanted to see where the EFSS market is, discovering that most of the market wanted to move in its direction was a nice bonus. Gartner defines EFSS as a range of on-premises or cloud-based capabilities that enables individuals to synchronize and share documents, photos, videos and files across mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. Released a couple of weeks ago, its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing categorized 16 vendors as: Leaders (Syncplicity, Citrix, Box and Accellion); Challengers (Google, Microsoft and Dropbox; Visionaries (Egnyte and WatchDox by BlackBerry); and Niche Players: (7 companies, including AirWatch by VMware, Huddle and Acronis). It also referenced another 48 vendors who didn’t meet the criteria, and none of whom were Connected Data. The 64 vendors referenced in the GMQ are just the tip of the iceberg: the EFSS market has grown rapidly since 2010, with more than 140 players originating from a variety of markets and technology backgrounds having different approaches and business models. ‘Destination vendors focus on EFSS, adding complementary content collaboration features for users and back-end integrations with IT systems. Extension vendors belong to adjacent markets, such as collaboration, enterprise content management (ECM), managed file transfer (MFT), storage, backup, virtual workspaces and enterprise mobility management (EMM).’ Gartner said EFSS has become a priority for organizations to enable a modern, digital workplace for employees, partners and even clients. With such a crowded market, competition is ‘getting fierce’ among destination vendors, which are under pressure by: (1) cloud storage “gorillas,” such as Microsoft, Google,...

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Citrix and VMware Hit the Refresh Button

Citrix and VMware are busy refreshing their respective desktop and Windows app delivery platforms. A couple of days before VMworld, Citrix announced the forthcoming release of XenApp/XenDesktop 7.6, which will ship before month’s end. In the wake of VMworld, the VMware Desktop Product team has announced that it has released a major update to Horizon DaaS, as well as some minor but still essential updates to Horizon, ThinApp, Horizon Workspace Portal, and the vCenter management services. Given the increased competition between Citrix and VMware for the enterprise desktop, what can be learned from the latest announcements? To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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P2: Citrix Monitoring: EdgeSight/Director vs 3rd-Party Tools

Citrix monitoring tools, as well as those from key third-party vendors, were reviewed for functionality and technical complexity as they would realistically be used in production environments. Because the inherent Citrix monitoring tools may not provide all of the required functionality, an analysis of key third-party offerings is presented, based on data available as of July 2014. As this marketplace changes rapidly, readers should consult specific vendor websites and documentation for updates regarding the latest products. For a complete review of the key vendors and the associated feature set, please see the white paper entitled Monitoring XenApp/XenDesktop by Means of Citrix and Third-Party Tools, which is available from The Virtualization Practice. This paper can be downloaded from: TVP: Monitoring XenApp / XenDesktop by Means of Citrix and Third-Party Tools . To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Part 1: Citrix Monitoring Tools — Past and Present

Monitoring and managing a Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop environment can depend on the embedded Citrix components or, if they are deemed insufficient, third-party tools. From a realistic standpoint, (aka, non-marketing), this article will review the inherent Citrix tools, and Part 2 will focus on third-party tools. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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