Xangati Upgrades XSR12 Service Assurance Analytics
February 05, 2015
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Xangati announced an upgrade to its XSR12 service assurance analytics software to enhance virtual infrastructure (VI) administrators’ ability to provide more predictive performance from their growing IT infrastructure investments while ensuring a superior end-user experience of physical and virtual desktops, servers, switches, applications and services as well as BYO mobile devices.

With virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments increasingly extending to hybrid cloud architecture, Xangati’s enhanced optimization for Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp or VMware Horizon with View ensures a greater degree of data integrity extracted from unprecedented end-to-end visibility and insights into infrastructure performance in relation to actual real-time demands and impacts of virtualized applications.

Security and performance visibility has also been extended to Cisco ASA firewalls via the NetFlow protocol, an efficient and scalable way to collect detailed networking statistics that are the circulatory system of the datacenter and an end-user quality experience gauge of virtualized applications. This information is commonly used to find bandwidth hogs, do cyber forensics and isolate application performance bottlenecks.

XSR12U1 gathers throughput and capacity utilization information from XenApp services directly to give a more complete picture of the end-to-end IT infrastructure performance. When a Citrix NetScaler is introduced into the IT environment, Xangati will utilize the AppFlow protocol to harvest the detailed runtime information NetScaler provides within the datacenter and out to the client devices.

In previous XSR releases, detailed information was collected from physical and virtual Windows desktops and servers via the WMI protocol. In XSR12U1, this support has been extended to include Linux physical and virtual desktops and servers, which are accessed with the SSH protocol using valid credentials. Popular metrics include network packet and bit rate, percentage of CPU power and memory used as well as disk metrics for the machines and processes running on Linux.

Xangati has always spontaneously discovered the physical and virtual IT infrastructure automatically, and mapped out the interdependencies in order to fuel the sophisticated analytics that determine the root cause of a resource contention storm and prescribe actions to keep operations running smoothly. In XSR12U1, Xangati will display this topology information and graphically show the highest users of each IT resource.

Additionally, Xangati StormTracker, which predicts resource contention storms and gives prescriptive guidance on actions that should be taken to avoid future storms, has been enhanced to take into account key metrics collected from Citrix XenApp. Further, WMI protocol support was enhanced to scale to larger of machines. Lastly, UCS-VMFEX support is now included.

New logon reports for VMware Horizon with View, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp detail key information including user’s name, TCP/IP address, date and time of logon, duration of logon, total number of logons and average logon duration.

XSR12U1 raises the bar for the industry’s VI performance monitoring toolset, which is used by Fortune 500 companies to gain greater leverage from their existing IT infrastructure while assuring a superior end-user experience with support for Linux, new hardware and scalability to support the largest and most demanding virtualized environments in the world with second-by-second granularity, predictive analytics, prescriptive advice for IT and the ability to anticipate and avert application performance issues such as:

- Support for physical/non-supported virtual XenApp servers and ecosystem

- Support for XenApp visibility in absence of AppFlow data

- Visual topology for end-to-end display

“With tighter performance data monitoring and correlation of key security-related components, such as with Citrix NetScaler ADC and Cisco ASA, Xangati’s upgraded capabilities improve the VI admin’s ability to analyze and evaluate real-time potential contention issues and v-motion storms that impact overall service assurance,” said Atchison Frazer, VP of Marketing, Xangati.

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