P2: Citrix Monitoring: EdgeSight/Director vs 3rd-Party Tools

Citrix monitoring tools, as well as those from key third-party vendors, were reviewed for functionality and technical complexity as they would realistically be used in production environments. Because the inherent Citrix monitoring tools may not provide all of the required functionality, an analysis of key third-party offerings is presented, based on data available as of July 2014. As this marketplace changes rapidly, readers should...

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Part 1: Citrix Monitoring Tools — Past and Present

Monitoring and managing a Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop environment can depend on the embedded Citrix components or, if they are deemed insufficient, third-party tools. From a realistic standpoint, (aka, non-marketing), this article will review the inherent Citrix tools, and Part 2 will focus on third-party tools. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter....

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Cybersecurity Startup Gold Rush for Venture Capitalists

According to a PrivCo, a financial data provider on privately held companies, venture capital firms are poised to push $788 million into early stage cybersecurity startups this year. This investment amounts to a 74% increase from last year’s $452 million (note: see this article for more details). If you follow cybersecurity trends, it’s easy to understand why VCs fat cats are throwing money around. For one thing, the threat landscape...

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InsightSquared Applies Analytics to SaaS Applications

Think big! That is what we are being asked to do with big data which is all well and good. But sometimes thinking “small” in the sense of a focused analytics effort can deliver positive benefits, such as improving win rates for sales representatives in conjunction with a customer relationship management (CRM) application. InsightSquared offers highly targeted analytics capabilities for selected SaaS applications that are designed to...

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A Replication Feature is NOT a Disaster Recovery Plan

Without your data, you don’t have BC/DR, you have people looking for jobs. But that does not mean that if you have your data remotely, you have a BC/DR plan. Having “survivable data” means that you have the IT elements necessary to either roll up your sleeves and attempt to persevere, or (preferably) the means by which to invoke a pre-prepared BC/DR set of mitigation and/or resumption activities. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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How Much Change Have You Seen?

How much change have you seen in the way in which IT departments determine the number of people needed to best serve the infrastructure, especially since the introduction of virtualization and cloud computing? I have observed that those companies that decided to make the leap all at once immediately dropped their number of hands-and-feet people and moved those positions over to create a virtualization team to manage the new...

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