eG Enterprise addresses the key needs for Citrix XenDesktop monitoring and end-to-end performance management. Using eG Enterprise during your initial Citrix VDI deployments helps you quickly identify and eliminate bottlenecks. When a user calls your helpdesk saying that the virtual desktop service is slow or is not working, eG Enterprise is a unified XenDesktop monitor to help you to quickly determine the cause of performance issues, anywhere across your entire infrastructure. Is it the network? Database? Applications? Virtual desktop? Virtualization platform? Storage?
Using a patented, automated root-cause diagnosis technology, the eG Enterprise analyzes performance across every tier of the infrastructure and correlates them over time. The result is a prioritized set of alerts with the most critical one pointing to the root cause of a problem. By focusing on the most critical alerts, eG Enterprise for Citrix XenDesktop ensures that you are working on the root cause of your problems and are not distracted by the effects of the problems.
As you start to scale your virtual desktop infrastructure, eG Enterprise helps you with resource optimization and capacity planning. Using the wealth of metrics that it collects, you can determine where the hot spots in your infrastructure are, how you can balance load across your servers to maximize usage, and where you need to add resources to ensure that the quality of service does not suffer as you roll out additional virtual desktops.
Figure 1 below depicts the different XenDesktop adoption stages. Most often, during the early stages, the virtual desktop infrastructure is over provisioned because the emphasis is not on return on investment.
Following the success of the Citrix VDI pilot, when an organization moves to production rollouts, that is when the emphasis shifts to making Citrix XenDesktop work in the real world. Return on investment and server sizing as well as end-user experience and productivity become important criteria at this stage. Users expect virtual desktops to perform at least as well as physical desktops; if not, they want their physical desktops back!
Performance management must be considered early on in any XenDesktop deployment. Typically, once the deployment is underway and users start calling about slowness, this is when performance monitoring, reporting and root-cause diagnosis get attention. The admin needs to know quickly: Where is the bottleneck? Is the slowdown due to capacity? Or due to one user or application over-using resources? Has the workload has changed?
Making problem diagnosis harder is the fact that different tiers of the infrastructure are managed by different teams and each of these teams may be using a different toolset to monitor their tier. After the problem is finally isolated, it may be too difficult to fix an issue (because the Citrix XenDesktop architecture is already in place) or the remedial action may entail significant changes to the existing architecture, making the problem resolution process lengthy and expensive.
The following key considerations have to be taken into account when considering what technologies are required for performance management of Citrix XenDesktop technology:
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