Citrix’s VMworld Announcements Explained Podcast – Episode 96
In episode 96, we have two interviews for you. The first is with Citrix CTO Simon Crosby who will discuss the recent Xen.org cloud computing initiative announcement made at VMworld 2009 and what this really means. The second interview is with Citrix CTO Harry Labana, and Program Manager Thomas Nikl who will discuss the Citrix HDX announcements along with some stats on HDX vs. VMware’s PCoverIP technology.
About Simon Crosby, CTO Virtualization and Management Division, Citrix Systems, Inc.
Simon Crosby was founder and CTO of XenSource prior to the acquisition of XenSource by Citrix. Previously, Simon was a principal engineer at Intel where he led strategic research in distributed autonomic computing, platform security and trust. He was the founder of CPlane Inc., a network optimization software vendor, where he held a variety of executive roles. Prior to CPlane, Simon was a tenured faculty member at the University of Cambridge, UK, where he led research on network performance and control, and multimedia operating systems. He is author of over 35 research papers and patents on a number of datacenter and networking topics including security, network and server virtualization, resource optimization and performance. In 2007, Simon was awarded a coveted spot as one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs.
About Harry Labana, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, XenApp Product Group, Citrix Systems, Inc.
Harry Labana joined Citrix in July 2009 as vice president and chief technology officer of the Citrix XenApp product group. He is a member of the XenApp leadership team that charts the technological direction and product roadmap of Citrix’s $1 billion flagship product line. As CTO, he is also responsible for helping to communicate the strategic direction of the company’s desktop virtualization solutions to internal and external audiences. As part of the Citrix Office of the CTO, Harry collaborates with other Citrix CTOs to drive the company’s overall technology direction and product strategy and advises the executive management team.
Prior to joining Citrix, Labana was at Goldman Sachs for nine years and was most recently a vice president in the Technology division, leading the global engineering and architecture efforts for desktop virtualization. Labana also worked closely with the Office of the CIO to advise clients, internal bankers and research analysts on trends and investment opportunities as well as leading software entrepreneurs and established leaders on strategy and to influence their respective roadmaps.
Harry Labana has 14 years’ experience in numerous infrastructure, architecture, project management and software development roles in financial services firms, such as Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, and he was a Citrix customer for many years.
Harry holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic systems engineering with honors from the University of Manchester (UK).