E01 – The Citrix Session: Introduction

Oct 15, 2019

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End-user computing is sophisticated, and we will try to summarize, simplify and have fun discussing it! Join Andy Whiteside, our CEO and Bill Sutton, our Director of Services, while to introduce XenTegra’s new series of Podcasts!


Andy Whiteside: 00:00 All right. Well hello everyone. My name is Andy Whiteside and I am going to be hosting, this is our introductory podcast for the Citrix session with me as bill Sutton. Bill Sutton is the director of services, whereas integrity bill is a, a very longterm Citrix guy. A bill. How long have you been in the in the, in the UC business and specifically working with Citrix products

Bill Sutton: 00:20 Since about 1998 starting on when frame one. Dot eight with a couple of customers.

Andy Whiteside: 00:25 Wow. Well that’s a, that actually beats me. I started in 99 with a w I guess it would’ve been when frame, what was probably when frame or Metta frame. Early metal frame days. Yeah, I think I was when frame, which is which ones? The one where it went from being its own product to where it became a bolt onto Microsoft terminal services matter frame. Metal frame. Okay. Yeah.

Bill Sutton: 00:48 When Frank was the one where you got a DVD or CD, I guess it was a CD at the time that contained both the NT three, five, one kernel as well as the wind frame software. All on all bundled together. You just slept it in and installed it and you had a working Citrix environment.

Andy Whiteside: 01:04 Yeah, and that’s great. Maybe at some point in this series we’ll get to get one of the old citrus guys on to tell us about the whole Microsoft back and forth. They went through to try to, to try to get access to the code and build upon build upon the Microsoft solution, which led to I guess a metal frame from wind frame. Right.

Bill Sutton: 01:22 Yeah, that would be really cool to get kind of an insider’s view of that, that that would be an interesting trip down memory lane.

Andy Whiteside: 01:27 I think there’s been a lot of that that’s happened through the years. A couple of podcasts here and there, but it’s been so long that I bet a bet a lot of the guys involved in that or, or maybe not in the business anymore or you know, a lot of the new folks have never heard that story and how, you know, Microsoft and Citrix got together to create this partnership.

Bill Sutton: 01:44 Yeah. Certainly in the EUC space. I would imagine a lot of the folks that are, that are working with the products day to day these days aren’t aware of the history and where the various components all came from. You know, the Citrix stack, the Asti HDX FAC versus RDS, you know, where did RDS come from? And Microsoft invented or they get it from Citrix. You and I know the answer, but the interesting to convey that type of information I think to some of the folks who are

Andy Whiteside: 02:10 Well, and I think this part of our conversation here is a good segue into the, a, the concept of this podcast. So you and I and others, we’re going to invite others. We’re going to go and we’re going to look at Citrix blogs that come out on a weekly basis and, and we’re going to pick one each show and we’re going to dissect that that blog and we’re going to figure out what’s in it for the community. What’s in it for Citrix? You know, what the, what the the writer, the author is trying to get across and we’re even going to invite the author and see if they’ll join us for this podcast. And you know, sometimes we expect that they will and sometimes they want and we’ll just talk about it. But ideally, right. A, the person from Citrix or a Citrix partner of some type a will join us and we’ll talk through what it is they were trying to get across in their, in their, in their blog.

Bill Sutton: 02:54 Yes, exactly. And the idea being obviously to help give back to the community not just the blog articles, which certainly you can read for yourself, but to give the insight into what’s behind those articles from hopefully from the author or some other, some other individuals that could add value to it.

Andy Whiteside: 03:11 Yeah, I think for me personally, I see the blogs from Citrix on a weekly basis and I definitely read through some of them. But I think this is going to give us a quick and easy way to disseminate that information and even ask more questions. But disseminate the information to people where they can just subscribe to podcasts weekly and that can give them a great way to gain some of this information while they’re, you know, on their walk to work or riding in the train or riding in the car.

Bill Sutton: 03:37 Absolutely. And obviously once we get rolling we’ll take a listen to our feedback and questions and we can address those perhaps on occasion.

Andy Whiteside: 03:46 Yeah, that’s a really good idea. Maybe a, maybe we take the end of each show and we address a listener feedback from the previous show and try to make sure that we answer some of the questions that are spawned out of this, which I hope is a lot. I hope these podcasts really are, are more of a conversation between us and the community and that the community gets a lot out of it. Yeah, I couldn’t agree more. And so I appreciate you joining me for this. And we will, you know, we’ll be back and we’ll have our first official episode within the next week or so. But I hope that the community sees this as a need that we’re going to fill. And you know, it’s not going to be pretty, we’re going to be rough about this, right? We’re not going to spend a lot of time making it look pretty. We’re going to spend a lot of time trying to get some of this content out and, and saw one of the challenges that, that you and I both have seen for a while where there’s just not enough citrus content in the form of podcasts happening. Absolutely. I agree. Looking forward to it. All right, sir. Well, thank you everyone for joining and there’ll be more to come and we look forward to working with you guys on this.

Bill Sutton: 04:41 Thanks folks. Have a good one.