Wilco van Bragt at VANBRAGT.NET Reviews ControlUp
While Citrix Resource Manager was not perfect in earlier version of Citrix Presentation Server, many Citrix administrators are missing its functionality in the latest releases. From XenApp 5 for Windows 2008 Citrix removed Resource Manager and embedded its functionality in EdgeSight, their more advanced monitoring product. Although EdgeSight is a good product, it has a high learning curve and needs more configurations than Resource Manager. In large enterprises (where the default monitoring tools gives too much information) as well as in small companies (where Resource Manager was the only monitoring tool available), Resource Manager was used a lot. In both situations, EdgeSight is quite often not implemented because it needs additional hardware and software to be installed.
It is exactly this monitoring gap that Smart-X is aiming to fill with its product called ControlUp. Monitoring, however, is not the only feature the product offers. Much more functionality is available in the product, which fits perfectly in RDS/Citrix infrastructures, but can also be applied to any Windows server or VDI farm.
In this review we will take a look at some of Control-Up features.
The first thing that is pretty remarkable is the installation process, because actually there isn’t one. The product consists of a single executable, which runs completely standalone.
Smart-X Software Solutions Ltd. develops and markets innovative software solutions that solve some of the most complex and common problems faced by System Administrators. Smart-X was established in 2009, by a team of IT experts who have been active in the field of Server Based Computing and System Administration for more than a decade. With products which are used by thousands of companies around the world, Smart-X helps IT professionals efficiently manage, optimize and improve IT systems performance in every industry.