The challenge for end-user computing (EUC) teams running VDI environments is to be proactive in addressing end-user experience (EUX) issues. Perfomance Assurance: Many early-stage implementations are challenged by an inability to understand how the back-end infrastructure impacts end-users and vice versa. This is where the Xangati VDI Dashboard fills a critical role in the VDI realm as it tracks the performance health all the VDI moving parts (clients, desktop VMs, VDI protocols, datastores, hypervisors/servers, connection brokers, etc.) live and continuously.
In this manner, when there is a contention storm that impacts the environment, the VDI performance health index will shift and the EUC team will be immediately alerted to the problem and to which silo the problem exists. This is in direct contrast to other performance management solutions that have database-driven models—where alerts are effectively flagged after EUX has been dramatically impacted. Not only does the Xangati solution proactively alert administrators about contention storms, it also can be leveraged across the organization by service desk, EUC admins and storage administrators to increase their proactive stance as they scale up their VDI implementations across the enterprise.
StormTracker is unique in delivering live and continuous actionable insights for millions of interactions because of the following features:
- In-Memory Storm Detection Engine: a new sub-engine focused on identifying storm patterns added to Xangati’s patented Performance Management Engine. The storm engine has automated heuristics continuously searching for a combination of surging performance metrics and toxic interactions that represent various storm patterns. The engine also has heuristics that show the cause of the storm and which parts of your infrastructure have been impacted by it.
- StormTracker User Interface: a highly interactive and contextual UI that provides the most comprehensive lens into a cloud environment with focused views showing storms across all vCenters; areas of impact; source of contention and resources impacted and a trending view of the storm to facilitate faster resolution.
- Integrated Performance and Capacity Management: In addition to the StormTracker specific features, the insight it provides forms the basis of Xangati’s differentiated capacity management analytics. Only Xangati’s solution enables IT organizations to right-size their CPU, memory, disk and network capacity by integrating the understanding of contention-based performance storms into capacity trending. StormTracker will specifically highlight when capacity constraints are correlated to performance storms helping the technical staff fortify the business case for adding incremental hardware to their cloud.
Xangati for vSphere –Free is the only full-featured free virtualization software on the market that provides all the cross-silo insights necessary to immediately diagnose performance issues that are affecting the productivity of the server or desktop VMs running on a specific ESX/ESXi server. Other vendors offer silo-specific performance or capacity management solutions that give you a part of the picture you need to identify and resolve intermittent performance problems.
Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) products deploy easily as turnkey virtual appliances that are sized according to the scaling requirements across your environment. The solution can be deployed to comprehensively look across your complete infrastructure across numerous vCenters. An XMD virtual appliance deploys in minutes and gathers data feeds from a variety of different sources including vCenter, Windows Management Interface (WMI), from Xangati’s Flow Summarizers (XFS) residing on specific ESX(i) servers ,NetFlow from physical or virtual routers/switches and VDI session-level insights from VMware and Citrix VDI clients.