こんにちは
(konnichiwa: Hello)

Last week was a great week for me on a number of levels.  I was in Tokyo for our sold out iForum Japan event.   Let me tell you, Citrix XenDesktop is rocking in Japan.  From my standing room only, greater than 600-attendee XenDesktop session, to the first ever Citrix Tokyo user group, to my in-depth customer visits, — the response to XenDesktop 5.5 was overwhelming.  Of course, customers and prospects were excited to hear about the personalization and Citrix HDX capabilities of XenDesktop, but they were particularly impressed and (in some cases surprised) by XenDesktop’s open approach.

If you follow my blogs, you know that XenDesktop is the best VDI offering for VMware vSphere customers (as well as Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer as noted here ).  Our approach is that the customer comes first, we build our products to fit their existing data center standards and they have choice for their product deployments. It’s not just our Japanese customers who like this approach.  Check out the comment section of this blog for more customer feedback.

And, by the way, we’re not just limiting this approach to the hypervisor.  In case you haven’t seen the announcement, today we announced a multi-year, strategic alliance with Cisco.  Building on the past year of success and directly addressing the customer demand, our two companies are continuing to extend our market leadership in desktop virtualization and cloud computing. As the first deliverable of this agreement, specially, Cisco and Citrix announced today that the next version of Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) will be optimized to improve the performance of Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp over the WAN. The upcoming release of Cisco WAAS will be verified as Citrix Ready and fully supported and optimized for Citrix HDX traffic, including voice, video, desktops, apps and data.  That’s right, customers that have standardized on Cisco networks will also realize those benefits in their XenDesktop deployments.

Of course, some of you may be asking: What does this mean for Citrix Branch Repeater?  Citrix is committed to Citrix Branch Repeater and will continue to innovate and invest in WAN optimization technology.

So for my friends and partners as Cisco, I would like to use a phrase that I heard over and over last week from customers and partners – どうもありがちうございます
(doumo arigatou: Thank you very much!)