The speaker line-up for Catalyst 2011’s user-centric computing track has been finalized and I wanted to take a moment to share it with you. A prominent CTO has called Catalyst “the most intellectual conference in all of IT,” and if you haven’t attended Catalyst before, there are plenty of great reasons to get there this year. We have extensive coverage of server- and client-virtualization, cloud computing,and many other hot topics. The rundown of sessions in the user-centric computing track is listed below. I hope to see you there! Application Delivery in a People-Centric World Chris Wolf A common theme has emerged among many organizations planning their next-generation desktop strategy—applications should be deployed to people, not devices. Device-centric application delivery often results in a user tethered to a device, with that user’s productivity determined by the availability of a single compute device, such as a desktop or laptop. Moving away from device-centric computing is no easy task, but can result in significantly better business continuity, security, and operational efficiency, not to mention increased user productivity. Today, many organizations have more questions than answers regarding the way forward. Fundamentally changing the organization’s application delivery and support model cannot be done overnight, but instead requires a commitment to numerous strategic and tactical initiatives. This session doesn’t offer a magic bullet to get you to a people-centric support model, but does offer practical guidance derived from the experiences of leading and bleeding edge organizations. Protocol Wars: What Matters?  Sumit Dhawan – Citrix, Jon Rolls – Quest Software, Vittorio Viarengo – VMware The remote display protocol has been the source of considerable debate among desktop virtualization vendors, with protocol performance and features often a tipping point in many product decisions. This lively debate looks to answer the question of “What matters?” in terms of protocol feature set. Leading experts from Citrix Systems, Quest Software, and VMware will be on stage to not only challenge the assertions of their peers, but also to answer your most pressing questions. Making Sense of Desktop Virtualization Dustin Fennell, VP and CIO, Scottsdale Community College Desktop virtualization as a strategic application delivery platform promises a number of compelling benefits, but it can be difficult to translate these promises into successful (and reliable) deployments. In addition, successful desktop virtualization implementations leverage many different strategies and technologies and go well beyond simply virtualizing the desktop. This session provides attendees with an overview of the different technologies that can be leveraged to provide a comprehensive end-to-end virtual solution. Moreover, strategies for success and realized benefits will be identified based on a long-term real-world successful virtual desktop implementation. Attendees will leave this session with the following: An understanding of the...

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