Lakeside adds HP Thin Client and VMware Horizon 6 interoperability to SysTrack MarketPlace

Lakeside again this week expanded the number of vendors for which SysTrack MarketPlace solution-specific reporting is available, with the addition of SysTrack MarketPlace reporting for HP Thin Clients and VMware Horizon 6.

Read the VMware blog.

This follows on the announcement just last week of the addition of SysTrack MarketPlace reporting for RES Software, Samsung and X-IO Technologies.

SysTrack MarketPlace is a dynamic library of customized, vendor-specific reports that IT administrators run anytime to evaluate, measure and tune their IT solutions. SysTrack MarketPlace leverages vendor-specific algorithms and methodologies to deliver quantitative, actionable data on infrastructure performance and provide deep insight on how to optimize solution deployment.

Each customized report provides detailed solution performance metrics, enabling customers to assess, optimize, measure and validate their solution implementation. Customers can utilize this data to tune a provider’s solution(s) to extract maximum benefit and value.

Learn more about SysTrack MarketPlace.

Here’s a description of the new reports:

  • Partner_HP_260x140HP:  The HP Thin Client Device Analysis report recommends which HP Thin Client is best based on detailed environmental and user information such as how many users there are, what kind of devices and software they’re currently using, how many of them are using graphically intensive applications, and how mobile they are.
  • VMware:  The VMware Horizon™ 6 report uses SysTrack’s dynamic collection of end-user and system characteristics to develop a plan for how VMware Horizon 6 can be implemented more fully in an environment, including insight into image management with VMware Horizon Mirage™, workflow and security optimization with Workspace, and desktop delivery with VMware Horizon View™ and VMware Horizon DaaS®.

MarketPlace reports are now available for products from AppSense, Atlantis Computing, Cisco, Citrix, Dell Wyse, EMC, HP, IBM, Login VSI, NComputing, Nexenta, Nutanix, NVIDIA, RES Software, Samsung, Teradici, Trend Micro, Unidesk, VMware, World Wide Technology and X-IO Technologies.  Learn more about these integrations.

 

Real World GPU Benchmarking for the virtual world

Back in March, Ben Murphy and I had the pleasure of speaking at the NVIDIA GPU Tech Conference in San Jose about best practices for the implementation of virtual GPU loads with virtual desktops and apps. Since then, I had the pleasure of speaking to numerous customers, partners, and analysts about the power of NVIDIA GRID and Lakeside SysTrack.

At Lakeside, we incorporated a number of NVIDIA APIs into the SysTrack product to allow us to monitor physical (and virtual) GPUs. By capturing granular utilization data, we allow customers and partners to model the observed GPU usage into appropriate vGPU profiles in a virtual world. Many customers who have adopted virtual desktop and applications have been reluctant to do so with graphically intensive workloads. The introduction of NVIDIA GRID and the K1 and K2 boards are changing that rational though – corporations can now easily virtualize even the most intensive graphical use cases – and therefore reap the benefits of protecting their intellectual property in the datacenter – while still presenting a full or fractional GPU to that user. (if you have any doubts about what’s possible – try it for yourself at http://nvidia.com/tryGRID – it’ll blow you away!)

Of course, as we’re implementing this technology in our product, I had to test it myself. With a fresh (and slightly more powerful) GeForce card now in my arsenal (purely for professional testing and evaluation purposes, of course – thank you, NVIDIA!), I ventured out to put it into my system (which also serves as my primary work computer in my home office) and give it a spin.

Not so fast – I realized that the card and its physical profile would not fit into my 7 year old Mid-ATX tower case, so I had to order an appropriate power supply and full ATX case. Here’s a picture of the work in progress:

New Guts
New Guts

After 2 hours of open heart surgery and tons of parts in my living room floor, the deed was done and the GeForce card safely installed in the bigger case along with the rest of stuff that makes up a computer.

Next, I ran a quick test, got some food, and then took advantage of being home alone while my wife was visiting her former college roommate a couple of hundred miles away. The graph below shows the key metrics collected by SysTrack over the rest of the night. It didn’t take long to find a suitable app that would tax the GPU close to its limit 🙂

GPU Graphing

All the gaming fun aside, there is a professional angle to this:

When deciding whether or not to virtualize a graphically intensive use case IT architects must decide what virtual desktop spec and what virtual GPU spec to provide to each user. SysTrack is the only solution in the industry today that collects and analyzes pertinent data from existing physical desktop systems:

  • All applications running on the system along with their resource consumption across compute, memory, storage, graphical protocols etc.
  • Time correlated information across a large user base to determine concurrency, potential boot storms, and peak utilization
  • Correlation of existing GPU utilization in relation to their relative capacity and mapping that usage to the vGPU profiles available with NVIDIAGRID
  • Industry-proven and award winning virtual machine planner technology to design VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft virtualization scenarios.

Assessing and designing a virtual desktop solution for professional graphical use cases is just the beginning of the fun, though. SysTrack provides all the in-depth data collection, tools, visualizers, dashboards etc.  to equip organizations with the best on-going monitoring and management tools that enable them  to provide the best end-user experience.

Curious? Contact us or send us a note with your questions and comments!

Florian Becker

@florianbecker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeside Extends SysTrack MarketPlace Reporting with RES Software, Samsung and X-IO Technologies Integrations

Partner_RES_260x140Partner_Samsung_260x140Partner_X-IO_260x140Lakeside Software announcement of SysTrack MarketPlace support for RES Software, Samsung and X-IO Technologies represents a large step in the continual expansion of SysTrack vendor-specific reporting.

SysTrack MarketPlace is a dynamic library of customized, vendor-specific reports that IT administrators run anytime to evaluate, measure and tune their IT solutions. SysTrack MarketPlace leverages vendor-specific algorithms and methodologies to deliver quantitative, actionable data on infrastructure performance and provide deep insight on how to optimize solution deployment.

Each customized report provides detailed solution performance metrics, enabling customers to assess, optimize, measure and validate their solution implementation. Customers can utilize this data to tune a provider’s solution(s) to extract maximum benefit and value.

Learn more about SysTrack MarketPlace.

Here’s a description of the new reports:

  • RES Software:  The RES Software Infrastructure Assessment report provides critical insight into system configurations, software utilization, and user characteristics to more fully identify areas where RES Software can provide management and user personalization benefits.
  • Samsung:  The Samsung Zero Client Environmental Analysis report analyzes the current state of the environment to forecast how an environment may best use Samsung zero clients and the potential power savings from implementation.
  • X-IO Technologies:  The X-IO Storage Planning for VDI report analyzes the current environment to provide insight into how it could benefit from a VDI solution using an X-IO storage solution.

MarketPlace reports are now available for products from AppSense, Atlantis Computing, Cisco, Citrix, Dell Wyse, EMC, GreenBytes, HP, IBM, Login VSI, NComputing, Nexenta, Nutanix, NVIDIA, RES Software, Samsung, Teradici, Trend Micro, Unidesk, World Wide Technology and X-IO Technologies.  See the complete vendor list.

Citrix XenApp Session Monitoring

At Lakeside Software, we’re all about the end-user computing experience and our SysTrack product is well known to instrument desktops and servers across the physical and virtual world.

We realize that each use case and environment is different and that customers often like to have information readily available that is relevant to their specific environment and to their individual job. In the case of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, we recently published a paper that outlines some general best practices and walks readers through the various areas of SysTrack that are relevant to this use case. For best practices regarding XenApp monitoring right out of the box:

http://portal.lakesidesoftware.com/support/Monitoring_Citrix_XenApp.aspx

Today, I am excited to introduce another example of how  SysTrack supports Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop environments in a  very powerful way through the Dashboard Builder, which ships with SysTrack 7.0 and later.  The dashboard configuration discussed here is available for download from our servers through the dashboard builder tool in the product:

Import Dashboard

 

Import from Web
Import from Web

Then select the Import from Web option and select the Citrix XenApp Sessions dashboard.

Here’s what it does:

  • First,  select a time frame of interest. The default is the last 7 days, but any time scale can be selected
  • The first graph shows the number of sessions and number of unique users on each individual XenApp server, as well as the total across all servers:
Session Summary
Session Summary

 

  • The second pane is interesting because it shows data that is actually being pulled out of the Citrix Director / EdgeSight data set. It shows the number of machine failures across the selected time frame as a line graph. Clicking on any of the data points reveals a complete list of machine failures for the time interval that is associated with the data point (A machine failure in this context is a failure to register with the Desktop Controller, being stuck on boot, etc. )
Citrix Director Data
Citrix Director Data

 

  • In the third pane, users can select a specific XenApp server from a list, which also shows average per session resource utilization on each server. Doing so shows all application faults and hangs on that server for the selected time frame along with details about the failure, time stamps, etc.
Application Faults
Application Faults
  • The line graph right below  shows concurrent sessions on the selected server.
Session Concurrency
Session Concurrency
  • Next, select any user that had a session on the selected server. The list then shows all sessions for that user.
Session Information
Session Information

 

  • From here, there are two drill-down capabilities:

(a) Double clicking on the session opens the SysTrack Resolve / Black Box Data Recorder for the Server / User combination and allows administrators and architects to grab the most granular data, views, and visualization that is relevant for the user / server combination.

(b) clicking on the session shows all alarms that were recorded on the server during the user’s session.

 

Session Alarms
Session Alarms

In summary, this is just one example on how SysTrack can help put all the relevant information for a specific use case into a single view without the need to navigate through multiple visualizers. It also demonstrates the ability to pull in data from multiple data sources (in this case SysTrack and the Desktop Director).

Note: After importing the dashboard into the builder, have a look at the Description on the Dashboard Properties Tab. It has a link to a short document  on a few simple configuration steps that are required for this particular  dashboard in your SysTrack deployment.

Please share your questions or comments with us.

Florian Becker

twitter: @florianbecker