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Synergy is coming

It seems like it was just the dead of winter. Back in February, trapped in Massachusetts’ third blizzard of 2015, I thought, “I’m stuck in the tundra forever. Citrix Synergy will never get here.”

But now, it’s just around the corner: May 12-14 in Orlando.

There’s a lot to look forward to at Synergy this year, and I don’t just mean the weather. As I daydream about getting on the plane to sunny Florida in just a few weeks, I have my eye on some really interesting sessions, especially these two:

  • Virtual Mobile Infrastructure: 10 Things to Know About this Emerging Technology, where attendees will get to learn about how VMI blurs the lines between enterprise mobility management (EMM) and VDI.
  • Hyper, Ultra, Mega Converged: A WorkspacePod Design Discussion. Is mega-converged infrastructure going to be a thing? I’m going to need details about that.

I’m also excited to see what Citrix will do with Melio, the data acceleration technology recently acquired via Sanbolic. And with the acquisition of Octoblu, a machine-to-machine communication system used for drones, Citrix has taken another step forward with the Internet of Things (IoT). I’ll be curious to see what that tech has to offer and how Citrix will embrace IoT.

Speaking of Octoblu, coming in the next issue of Modern Mobility is a Q&A with Citrix CEO Mark Templeton. You’ll have to wait and see what Templeton revealed, but he did drop a few hints about what we can expect at Synergy in this sneak peek of the interview. Octoblu will integrate with Citrix Workspace Services, so hopefully that means we’ll get even more details about both products at the show. Templeton also hinted that we’re in for some surprises at Synergy, including news around the company’s Virtual acquisition, which could tie into the VMI discussion.

Of course, I’m most looking forward to the Best of Citrix Synergy Awards. TechTarget has put together a great team of judges and collected nominations in virtualization, cloud and enterprise mobility categories. We’ll announce the winners on the show floor on Thursday, May 14 at 12:45 p.m., and they’ll be featured in a slideshow on

What are you hoping to hear about at Synergy this year? Which sessions look the most interesting? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us: @ModernMobility and @VirtDesktopTT.