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3rd meeting of Polish Citrix User Group

It’s PolishCUGsmallOFFICIAL! 3rd PLCUG meeting will take place on 7th of March in Krakow. This time we will hear about NetScaler from Kamil Lachtara, AppDisks from Jaroslaw Sobel, and….wait for it…we will have special guest – Mark Plettenberg – Product Manager of Login VSI will check VSIMax (Virtuall Satisfaction Index 😀 ) of our attendees. Hope it will be high!. And one more time we will be hosted by @Cisco Systems Poland. So don’t wait. Visit our website and register for our upcoming meeting. I hope to see many of you there:

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Citrix Synergy 2015 – Day 2

Second day of Citrix Synergy started as well with a Keynote session led by Mark Templeton. According to tradition during the 1st day Keynote Citrix is revealing information about future releases of their products and all changes that will happen in the next few following months. During 2nd day session Citrix shows it’s view on the future of the IT and how they will realize it. That’s why there were some nice announcements during 2nd day Keynote and presented demos were much more interesting. So let’s start! Continue reading

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Citrix Synergy 2015 – Day 1

WP_000554Counting down finished! I’m just sitting and waiting for Keynote session by Mark Templeton, Citrix CEO.  — That is how I started writing this blog post almost 14 days ago. It took me a while to write a review of 1st day but finally you can read it!

Let’s start from the scratch. As I wrote in the previous post (Day 0) getting to Orlando, FL took me over 13 hours so you can imagine how excited I was to finally take part in Synergy conference. I was amazed by the size of the Orange County Conference Center and really shocked by the number of people. It was announced later during the conference that this year edition was the biggest one in the history. You could especially see that after entering the hall where Keynote session led by Mark Templeton was taking place. The hall was huge and the number of crowds was really amazing. I had no idea that so many people work with Citrix technologies and they are interested to come and spend 3 days listening about them. My first felling was: “That’s for sure America”. Everything was big – big conference center, huge Keynote hall and of course a stage with extremely large display on which Synergy TV was displayed. That was truly American style event 😀 You can see it below! Continue reading

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Konferencja InfraXstructure – 21.04.2015, Warszawa

ixs-logo-poziome-01Rusza nowa konferencja o Data Center!

Wielkimi krokami zbliża się premierowa edycja konferencji InfraXstructure, która odbędzie się 21 kwietnia w Hotelu Radisson Blu w Warszawie. Jest to pierwsza w Polsce konferencja stworzona przez niezależnych specjalistów zajmujących się technologiami Data Center. Profesjonalizm, praktyczne rozwiązania i nowinki technologiczne – to wyznaczniki jakości InfraXstructure!

Do kogo adresowana jest konferencja?

Pomysł stworzenia konferencji zrodził się z chęci propagowania najnowszych technologii, przełomowych idei i trendów na polskim, jak i zagranicznym rynku Data Center. Premierowa edycja konferencji InfraXstructure cieszy się wielkim zainteresowaniem, co dowodzi dużemu zapotrzebowaniu na tego typu wydarzenie. Spotkanie skierowane jest do profesjonalistów zarządzających systemami i infrastrukturą centr danych, zajmujących się kolokacją, odzyskiwaniem oraz zabezpieczeniem danych, architekturą IT, systemami cloudowymi, przechowywaniem danych, serwerami oraz ciągłością biznesową. Nadrzędnym celem konferencji jest swobodna wymiana doświadczeń, poszerzenie wiedzy oraz poznanie ludz mierzących się z codziennymi wyzwaniami związanymi z Data Center. Continue reading

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CloudBurst 2013 – my review


As I wrote in the previous post last week I participated in CloudBurst 2013 – The Sweden Windows Azure Group Developer Conference. The conference took place in Stockholm between 19-20th of September. It was organized by SWAG – Sweden Windows Azure Group in cooperation with Microsoft.


CloudBurst 2013 took place at the Microsoft offices in Akalla, Stockholm. It was quite easy to get there with a metro (red line to Akalla) and then it was only 10 minutes walk from the metro station.


The only thing I needed to say at the reception desk was my name and few seconds later a nice lady put on my shirt the sticker with Microsoft visitor logo. Additionally the second sticker contained the credentials to the WIFI network for Microsoft guests. This was quite well organized.


Then together with my colleague we were directed to the conference room.

Conference room

Conference was hold in probably the biggest available conference room in Microsoft office. It could accommodate about 80 people (rough estimation – I do not remember official stats). Each seat has it’s own power socket and there was enough place to store all personal belongings. As I was a bit late I chose first raw just not to disturb other people. The only thing I can complain here was the seat which became quite uncomfortable after 7-8 hours of sitting. But could be a lot worse 🙂


From the list of speakers published on the conference website I found many MVPs and Microsoft employees so my expectations were high.


Below I put my personal opinion about every session I attended with some subjective rating.

DAY 1 Sessions

1. The State of Windows Azure – Mark Brown – Windows Azure Community Manager

In general Mark’s presentation showed basic information about the services and features available in the Windows Azure. It was good summary of the information and also the slides were quite good. Unfortunately the demo that Mark wanted to show was not working due to network problems. The best part probably for me was Q&A.

Grade: 7/10

2. Cloud is the new Black… and all that Jazz! – Magnus Mårtensson – Windows Azure MVP

And here comes Magnus – for sure the most colorful person on the whole conference. Magnus continued the presentation of Mark showing where Azure is right now, which place and what are the main advantages of cloud computing. What I was missing a lot was some scenarios where cloud computing will not apply and some comparison of advantages and disadvantages of the Azure. It is still not mature IMHO solution and would be nice to tell that to the people to give them the big picture.

Grade: 7/10 +1 for Magnus personality = 8/10

3. Windows Azure though the eyes of an IT Pro and how to cope with Developers and Business Stakeholders  – Mike Martin – Windows Azure MVP

The session I was awaiting the most from the whole conference. As I also work in the company where in my office 39/41 people are Devs wanted to get some practical advices from real IT Pro. First of all Mike did a review of IT Pro duties before and after cloud implementation – one info for you guys we will have less work and that is true 😦 Secondly he was talking a little about the management tools that can be used by IT Pro. More info can be found on his blog but I also plan to write separate post on that. To be honest I expected a bit more from the session and it was noticeable that Mike just run our of time as he had still some slides to present – maybe next time 🙂

All in all that was the session the closest to my role and I really enjoyed the information presented.

Grade: 8/10 – but you can make it better Mike 🙂

btw. We had some interesting talks apart from the conference speeches.

4. How it’s made: – Maarten Balliauw – Windows Azure MVP

Session from the series: how it was done/built. Some nice info how guys built their own service. However from my perspective as IT Pro it was not so interesting. However my Dev colleague was very satisfied from this session – as I wrote the grades are completely subjective.

Grade: 5/10

5. Getting your Nerd on with Windows Azure data services – Scott Klein – Windows Azure Technical Evangelist

The session about SQL Azure was quite interesting. The biggest drawback as for other sessions during day one was that demo was not working. Apart from that there was to much amusement for me and we had less time to discuss other topics.

Grade: 5/10

6. Big Data for the Win!!  – Andy Cross – Windows Azure MVP

Any talked about HADOOP – topic was quite interesting even for me 🙂 However as IT Pro I do not touch such a topics.

Grade: 6/10

Day 1 summary: quite interesting sessions especially before lunch. The biggest drawback were not working demos – that should be checked beforehand if there are any network or firewall problems.

Day 1 grade:  6,5/10

DAY 2 Sessions

1. Connecting the Cloud with your local applications – Sam Vanhoutte – Windows Azure Insider

I think that organizers decided to put more interesting sessions in the morning to wake up everyone. Sam’s session was great with very good explanation of the sample source code and fully working demos. He even showed how he used Azure to open curtains at his house 🙂 really nice and interesting session.

Grade: 9/10

2. Bursting to the Cloud in 1 Hour – Patriek Dorp, van – Windows Azure MVP

The whole session I can cover in one 2 sentences: “Learn Powershell. It is the main tool for Dev and IT Pro”. And that would be all. Unfortunately IMHO the worst session on the conference. Not because of Patriek person but beacuse of not working Powershell scripts. Also some topics were to basic as for such an audience. I would really like to look into the scripts and run them by myself. However grade is quite low.

Grade: 4/10

3. DNN Cloud Services – Under the Hood – David Rodriguez – Windows Azure Insider

David had good session about the DNN Cloud. It was quite nice to see how large solution work in the cloud environment.

Grade: 7/10

4. Handling Big Data in Windows Azure Storage – Alan Smith – Windows Azure MVP

Alan’s demos are already famous among the CloudBurst paricipants. The same was this time when Alan showed how to use Azure to manage Wikipedia articles and how much it may cost. Nice overview of the power of the cloud and virtual machines on demand.

Grade: 8/10

5. Dependable Cloud Architecture – Michael Wood – Windows Azure MVP

The last session I attended was Mike Wood presentation about reliability of the solution not only in the cloud. A lot of examples from everyday IT life.

Grade: 8/10 btw. one more time thanks Mike for Cerebrata license 🙂

6. Windows Azure Store – Björn Eriksen – Architect Evangelist

I did not attend this session so cannot assess this one.

Day 2 grade:  7,2/10

In overall the whole conference was a good start for me in learning Azure platform. However I’ve noticed few things that I will try to share with you in the next posts.

One more time thanks to all speakers and whole team who prepared the event. There was quite a lot of great things but still you can make it better 🙂

I would like to underline the giant work done by Magnus Mårtensson. For sure whole team did a huge work to prepare the event but Magnus was the loudest there 🙂  Still cannot believe that he is Swedish guy 😀

I would forgot! The official recordings from the conference can be found on the Channel 9 here: