Today was the first day of BriForum London taking place once again at the ETC Venues St Pauls. This is my third BriForum my thoughts and comments on previous years events can be found here >> https://virtualisedreality.com/?s=briforum
As usual the event was kicked of by Brian Madden himself discussing that state of the EUC industry this year was summed up into 3 elements, 1. People are saying 2014 is the year of DaaS, whilst it may not be the year of mass adoption of DaaS, like it never has been the year of mass adoption of VDI, it is certainly the year when people are talking about DaaS and we are having to answer questions regarding VDI projects being deliver on premise or in the cloud as DaaS. 2. Was the end of Citrix’s Monopoly with XenApp now VMware have announced the ability to publish apps from RDSH via Horizon View 6, 3. With Citrix’s announcements regarding Workspace Services being based on a hybrid cloud model this sets the standard for the future of EUC with the other vendors either already talking about similar solutions or bound to be following suit this year.
Over the years Brian’s keynote has gone from the delusion of VDI to reality as price and technology has changed to make it more possible.
The favourite aspect for me at BriForum is the technical sessions, below you are able to see some of the doodles I made during these sessions, as per Dell SF when I first did these they have gone down well on twitter! My favourite sessions from today were the XenDesktop sizing with Helge Klein which was relevant to any VDI / RDS based solution really and the thin client session with Shawn Bass and Andrew Morgan. As ever I do feel the majority of the content is focused to Citrix users / use cases with very little VMware Horizon specific or slanted content. For me this hasn’t really detracted from the event but it would be nice to see some View specific content like we do with the Citrix Content.
The vendor hall is full of a variety of vendors but this year is certainly the year of the storage vendor with Nimble, Tintri, Pure Storage, X-IO, Fusion IO and Atlantis in attendance, there is also nVidia and AppSense amongst others. For me as ever it was good to catchup with Nimble but Pure Storage was also interesting if you require a all flash solution and I look forward to learning more about their technology in the future. For me there is always a big thumbs up to vendors who can go through a whole pitch regarding their product by selling the benefits of their product and not the weaknesses of the competition and this was certainly the case from Pure, maybe not some of the others in the room. Missing from the hall again in my opinion is VMware, Citrix and Microsoft themselves this was the same as last year as well, I really feel this conference would be a great place for these vendors to sing from the rooftops around what they are doing.
Im looking forward to tomorrow and getting into some more technical conversations and if you are at the event please be sure to say hi.