Nick Rintalan

Nick Rintalan is a Lead Architect in the Americas Consulting organization based out of San Francisco, CA.  He has been with Citrix Consulting for the last 10 years, working on some of the largest Citrix deployments in the world.  He has authored several well known whitepapers such as "The Top 10 Items Found by Citrix Consulting on Assessments" and "Best Practices for XenDesktop and XenApp" (CTX132799).  Nick has spoken at Synergy/iForum/Summit and BriForum over a dozen times on topics such as scalability and large farm design considerations.  Before joining Citrix, Nick briefly worked for the IBM Software Group on the WebSphere development team. Nick received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans.
  1. Clearing The Air (Part 2) – Thick or Thin Provisioned Write Cache

    Background & History I have been asked about this quite a few times over the years, but since I got asked about it twice this past week alone...you know what time it is?  Blog time! ;)  I selfishly need another reference I can point to, but I know this is a controversial topic and a lot of other folks will likely benefit from this info as ...

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  2. “New” Citrix Best Practices

    Overview There are best practices and then there's reality...I have been saying that for years.  Because I believe too many folks think some best practices are set in stone or should be implemented or followed no matter what the situation.  To be honest, this could not be farther from the truth.  It's why many Professional Services organizations (CCS included) use the phrase "it depends".  There is ...

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  3. XenApp Scalability v2013 – Part 2

    Overview In the first part of this article (which you should read first if you haven't already), I revealed some interesting results from an in-depth scalability testing engagement we recently completed at a large customer.  And I'm sure some of the results made you scratch your head a bit...and maybe you had questions like I initially did, such as: Why was 4 vCPUs chosen as the VM spec? ...

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  4. XenApp Scalability v2013 – Part 1

    Overview NOTE: Part 2 of this article is available here. Similar to what I did in my farm & zone design article, I thought it was time to take a "fresh" look at XenApp scalability or user density (hence the "2013 version").  Because many best practices in this area have changed as we've made some dramatic hardware improvements and hypervisor advancements over the past 2-3 years or ...

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  5. XenMobile Battery Life – What to Expect

    Background As a follow-up to my last article where I discussed the merits of using STA versus mVPN for WorxMail, I wanted to write a more general article on the vast topic of battery life.  This seems like one of those topics that every vendor probably talks about internally, but no one really publishes anything externally-facing on the topic.  So I thought I'd take a stab ...

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  6. Improving Battery Life with WorxMail – STA to the Rescue!

    Background It seems a week doesn't go by without someone asking how to improve battery life in our internal support threads - and most of these inquires are related to WorxMail and our Mobility products.  And one of the first things that either myself or someone from the Product team might ask the inquirer is: "Are you using Micro-VPN (mVPN) or the new STA method with ...

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  7. PVS vs. MCS Revisited

    It's been a few months since my last article, but rest assured, I've been keeping busy and I have a ton of stuff in my head that I'm committed to getting down on paper in the near future.  Why so busy?  Well, our Mobility products are keeping me busy for sure.  But I also spent the last month or so preparing for 2 different sessions ...

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  8. XenMobile Lessons Learned From the Field

    I'm really excited about this article - I've been working with CloudGateway (our MAM solution) since its inception and I was elated when we closed the Zenprise acquisition right after the New Year, providing us with MDM capabilities.  And I've had the great opportunity to be involved in some of our first large Consulting projects involving XenMobile MDM and the Mobile Solutions Bundle (MSB).  And ...

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  9. XenApp Farm and Zone Design (v2013)

    This used to be a very popular topic back in the day, so I'm sure "old school" MetaFrame and CPS admins will appreciate this article.  It also makes me happy to write about good 'ol XenApp, because it seems like I spend most of my time these days working with newer products like XenDesktop, Provisioning Services and XenMobile.  And the reason I am writing this ...

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  10. Session Reliability, Frozen Screens and The Hourglass of Death

    Introduction I'll start by saying I should have probably published this article a long time ago.  But I didn't because I usually only get this question about twice a year...and it was easy enough to dig up the last email from my archives and send it to the person who was asking about Session Reliability this time.  But then just this past week, I got asked ...

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