IT departments go to great lengths to make the end user virtualization experience seamless to those users. The easier it is for them, the more self-sufficient they become, and that’s when virtualization provides genuine benefits.
Easy, fast, and free. These three words aren’t typically associated with Citrix, but in the case of Insight Services, Citrix has provided an automated way to analyze multiple Citrix products and provide suggestions and best practices to improve your environment—for free! It gets better: The analysis typically takes only a few minutes, and this isn’t just a one-time or limited-time offer.
As the middle of Q3 approaches, many IT organizations are revisiting their goals for virtualization in 2014. Whether their original goals included deploying VDI, increasing storage, upgrading or changing hypervisors, implementing a new printing solution, or any other aspect of virtualization, some organizations are determining that their existing staff just can’t handle another large project, so the quest for consulting assistance commences.
There is a lot of buzz about a “new” technology called Docker. I say “new” in quotes, because most of us greybeards should remember a technology called “containers,” circa 2004, and the arguments about which was better: virtualization or containers.
Well, it seems that the wheel has turned full circle, and we are back in that same place again. Somebody in the Linux world has invented Docker and marketed it. But what is it? Basically, Docker is a containerization tool for Linux—wait, déjà vu, there’s a glitch in the matrix. Substitute the word “Docker” for “Solaris Containers,” and you have the same beast. But now containerization is open source, so it must be right, because all the cool kids are talking about it. Continue reading Docker: What Is It? Hint: It’s Not a Harbour Worker
Part 1 of yesterday’s “Citrix Monitoring Tools” article described inherent Citrix monitoring functionality and presented an overview of Citrix EdgeSight/Director. Part 2 will cover specific features of EdgeSight/Director, based on a comparison with key third-party monitoring solutions. However, before we delve into that core subject matter, applications should be discussed.
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.