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 consult specific vendor websites and documentation for updates regarding the latest products. For a complete review of the key vendors and the associated feature set, please see the white paper entitled Monitoring XenApp/XenDesktop by Means of Citrix and Third-Party Tools, which is available from The Virtualization Practice. This paper can be downloaded from: TVP: Monitoring XenApp / XenDesktop by Means of Citrix and Third-Party Tools . To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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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...

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Amazon Zocalo: What to Do When You Have More Disk Than God

Cloud behemoth Amazon has found a new outlet for its NSA-scale disk farms in its new enterprise file sync and store service, Zocalo. After years of offering dumb cloud object storage with its Amazon S3 simple storage service, Amazon is climbing up the storage value stack with an enterprise cloud file store that will put pressure on Box, SugarSync, and the like. Amazon proclaims Zocalo to be “a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity” that enables users to “store, share, and gather feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs, or text files—from the device of their choice.” So, nothing groundbreaking there, although its pricing strategy may leave the competition scrambling to compete. After a free, thirty-day introductory period, Amazon is offering Zocalo at $5 per user per month. For this, the user gets a generous 200 GB of storage, with the option for more starting at $0.03 per GB per month. This puts Zocalo well below the $30 per month that Citrix charges for a  two-user ShareFile starter account with only 5 GB of storage and the $15 per month that Box charges business customers for 1 TB of storage. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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XenApp is Back, and Citrix With It

Citrix’s new CTO for desktops and applications, Gunnar Berger, has made the most important announcement about Citrix of 2014. Yes, even more important than the news that CEO Mark Templeton is returning to the hot seat. In a Wednesday blog post, Berger admitted in public what many inside and outside Citrix have known for years: “we over rotated and SBC* became a second class citizen to VDI.” He followed up with the almost joyous shout: “No more! XenApp is back!”? And rightly so. Citrix’s decision to focus on VDI was, in many respects, understandable. VMware, playing to its strength in operating system virtualization, had already introduced VMware View, delivering a full desktop operating system from the data center, a direct threat to Citrix’s lifelong dominance of the desktop in the data center business. Egged on by Gartner’s proclamation of gold in them thar desktops, a 2009 Gartner report titled “Worldwide Hosted Virtual Desktop Market to Surpass $65 Billion in 2013,” it was entirely understandable that Citrix would react by prioritizing XenDesktop above XenApp. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Coopetition: Citrix +/- VMware Products and People

In the virtualization marketplace, when a vendor expands its core business and attempts to grab a piece of the new market from an existing incumbent, the vendors view each other as competitors. In 2007, when Citrix purchased XenSource, VMware vSphere clearly became the enemy, and Citrix envisioned that XenServer + XenApp/XenDesktop would take over the virtual world. That didn’t quite happen. But then again, VMware’s vSphere + Horizon View, formerly known as View and VDM, wasn’t able to claim victory in the VDI market after it was released in 2007. Horizon View wasn’t the first player in this field: Citrix’s first iteration of VDI was released in 2006 with its Desktop Broker (part of Presentation Server 4.0). To read the complete article, CLICK...

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