DABCC White Paper – Analytics for Simplifying Citrix XenApp Management
Analytics for Simplifying Citrix XenApp Management
I have been following XTS for a couple years now and felt it was time to revisit their product because they recently released XTS Introspect, the next generation of their award-winning management analytics solution for Citrix. After playing with Introspect in my Presentation Server (sorry, I mean XenApp) lab, I see the engineers at XTS have been busy.
For those of you taking your first peek at Introspect, a little history is in order. The prior releases provided a very powerful, yet simple, user interface for slicing and dicing usage metrics. The resulting information provided the insight needed to ease the planning, managing and auditing of Citrix farms. With Introspect, XTS now introduces configuration analysis with a similar user interface that makes it very straight forward to produce advanced configuration reports.
Introspect is the perfect complement to real-time monitoring products like Citrix EdgeSight. While monitoring tools to a great job of real-time alerts, root cause analysis for troubleshooting and improving end-user experience, historical analysis provided by Introspect can be used for capacity planning, license analysis, chargeback (billing for usage), security audits and documentation of Citrix environments.
In this paper, I’m going to look at the major challenges that are faced by those of us responsible for the overall health and reliability of Citrix farms and why I think Introspect should be a key component of your systems management arsenal for overcoming these challenges.
The White Paper
About the Author
Douglas A. Brown (DABCC, Inc.)
DABCC specializes in the design and development of techniques, methodologies, authoring, education, training, outsourcing and software products that add immediate value to server-based computing and on-demand virtual application computing world. The company was formed in 2004 to reduce complexity in corporate computing by developing and teaching a proven methodology for providing seamless, real-time access to strategic company information.
Douglas Brown worked at Citrix Systems, Inc. as a Senior Systems Engineer from 2001 to 2004 in which time he was voted Systems Engineer of the Year 2002 by his peers and management at Citrix. He was awarded the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft Corporation in 2005 and 2006 for his contributions to the industry. He was also a charter award winner on the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) program for his continued support of the Citrix community. Mr. Brown has earned worldwide recognition for his dedication to providing server-based computing professionals with proven solutions for implementation, infrastructure design, timesaving utilities, performance tips and best practices. DABCC.com is one of the most frequently visited sites internationally for server-based computing information and networking opportunities.