It’s bigger and better than ever before! This year’s Synergy Session Catalog, with a record 125+ business and technical breakouts, is now posted – so start compiling your must-attend list. But the catalog offers much more than impressive numbers. Here are some content highlights:

  • “Better together”: Supporting the Synergy theme of complete enterprise mobility solutions, several sessions (such as SYN209: HDX Insight for total application visibility in XenApp and XenDesktop environments; and SYN242: Optimizing user experience and security in enterprise mobility implementations) discuss Citrix product integrations. Plus, there’s a new set of breakouts on joint reference architectures that bring together technologies from Citrix and key partners.
  • Multiple perspectives: We are featuring an even larger roster of guest speakers, including CTPs, analysts, consultants and customers. Check out the details in my blog.
  • Advanced tech: TechEdge troubleshooting sessions are integrated into the catalog this year.

Now, let’s get down to specifics. Within each of the four tracks, I’ve selected a few sessions – presented by Citrix and guests – which you won’t want to miss!

1. Virtualization: Sessions will focus on desktop and app virtualization, Windows app migration, VDI, RDS and client virtualization including administration, service delivery, security and mobility.

My top Virtualization Track sessions:

  • SYN247: Best practices for migrating Web Interface customizations to StoreFront, presented by Sam Jacobs, Director, TECHDEV Services, IPM
  • SYN251: Direct from the performance labs: best practices for VDI, a Virtual Reality Check, presented by Ruben Spruijt, CTO, PQR, and Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO, Login Consultants
  • SYN404: Best practices for migrating to the latest version of XenApp, presented by Cris Lau, Sr. Product Manager, Citrix

2. Mobility: Topics will include mobile app and device management, app stores, mobile security, social and real-time collaboration, mobile data access and workshifting.

My picks from the Mobility Track:

  • SYN308: How XenMobile integrates with NetScaler, XenDesktop and XenApp for complete enterprise mobility, presented by Robin Manke-Cassidy, Director, Product Management, Citrix
  • SYN310: Deep dive into ShareFile Enterprise functionality, presented by Adam Lotz, Product Manager, Citrix and Dan Brinkmann, Sr. Sales Engineer, Citrix
  • SYN322: Going native with mobile applications: XenMobile and beyond, presented by Esther Barthel, Senior Technical Consultant, PepperByte, and Sander Bierman, Technology Specialist, ConoScenza

3. Networking: Presentations will cover network virtualization, load balancing, software-defined networking, disaster and site recovery, app security and multi-tenancy in private and public clouds.

Some favorites from the Networking Track:

  • SYN205: Maximizing performance and security with a NetScaler and XenMobile solution, presented by Marissa Schmidt, Director, Product Management, Citrix
  • SYN321: Customizing and securing NetScaler Gateway with StoreFront and XenDesktop, presented by Kenneth Baldwin, Senior Consultant, iVision
  • SYN402: Advanced tools and techniques for troubleshooting NetScaler appliances, presented by Andre Redman, Lead Escalation Engineer, Citrix

4. Cloud: Topics will include automation, orchestration, networking, and access and management for compute and application services.

My selections from the Cloud Track:

  • SYN111: From the field: Autodesk’s journey towards private cloud computing with Citrix CloudPlatform, presented by Shannon Williams, VP Market Development, Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix, and Jason Smathers, Autodesk
  • SYN227: Architecting your private cloud infrastructure for speed and agility with CloudPlatform solutions, presented by Aaron Delp, Sr. Director, Technical Marketing, Citrix and Tom Davies, Sr. Director, Product Development, Citrix
  • SYN235: Supporting graphical software in a cloud environment, presented by Cyrano Rizzo, Director of Vertical Datacenter, University of São Paulo

I hope you’ll check out the full Session Catalog and make your plans today to attend Synergy in Los Angeles, May 6-8. And be sure to follow me on Twitter @merisummers for Synergy content updates.