As more organizations prepare for and deploy hosted virtual desktops, it has become clear that there is a need to support two related but critical phases. The first is to inventory and assess the physical desktop environment in order to create a baseline for the performance and quality of the user experience for the virtual desktop counterparts. When planning and preparing, organizations would like to know which desktops, users and applications are a good fit for desktop virtualization and which ones are not. The second phase is to track the virtual desktops in production in order to proactively identify when performance and user experience does not meet expectations, as well as to continue to refine and optimize the desktop image and infrastructure as changes are introduced into the environment.
Because virtual desktops live on shared systems, the layers of technology make it more complex to measure and classify fitness and user experience. But with increased industry knowledge and the emergence of best practices, plus new purpose-built products such as Liquidware Labs’ Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX, it is now possible to more accurately measure and classify both fitness and user experience. This white paper covers these best practices and provides an introduction to the VDI FIT and VDI UX classification capabilities in Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX.
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Massive changes are occurring to how applications are built and how they are deployed and run. The benefits of these changes are dramatically increased responsiveness to the business (business agility), increased operational flexibility, and reduced operating costs.
The environments onto which these applications are deployed are also undergoing a fundamental change. Virtualized environments offer increased operational agility which translates into a more responsive IT Operations organization. Cloud Computing offers applications owners a complete out-sourced alternative to internal data center execution environments. IT organizations are in turn responding to public cloud with IT as a Service (IaaS) initiatives.
For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments, it will no longer work to infer the “performance” of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it will become essential to define application performance as response time – and to directly measure the response time and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.
In large IT organizations, monitoring tool sprawl has become so commonplace that it is not unusual for administrators to be monitoring 10 to 50 solutions across various departments.
Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.
This paper can help you make an effective business case for moving to a unified monitoring solution. Key considerations include:
• The direct costs associated with moving to a unified monitoring tool• The savings potential of improved IT operations through productivity and efficiency• The business impact of monitoring tools in preventing and reducing both downtime and service degradation
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This is not a paper on disk defrag. Although conceptually similar, it describes an entirely new approach to server optimization that performs a similar operation on the compute, memory and IO capacity of entire virtual and cloud environments.
Capacity defragmentation is a concept that is becoming increasingly important in the management of modern data centers. As virtualization increases its penetration into production environments, and as public and private clouds move to the forefront of the IT mindset, the ability to leverage this newly-found agility while at the same driving high efficiency (and low risk) is a real game changer. This white paper outlines how managers of IT environments make the transition from old-school capacity management to new-school efficiency management.
This white paper is a Windows PowerShell guide for beginners.
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facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of
unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM
sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much
faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing
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Active Directory (AD) offers IT system administrators a central way to
manage user accounts and devices in an IT infrastructure network. Active
Directory authenticates and authorizes users when they log onto devices
and into applications, and allows them to use the settings and files
across all devices in the network. Active Directory services are
involved in multiple aspects of networking environments and enable
interplay with other directories. Considering the important role AD
plays in user data-management and security, it’s important to deploy it
properly and consistently follow best practices.
Active Directory Basics is a tutorial
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what really goes on under the Active Directory hood, including its
integration with network services and the features that enable its many
great benefits. This white paper also explains how administrators can
make changes in AD to provide consistency across an environment.
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DataCore Virtual SAN introduces the next evolution in Software-defined Storage (SDS) by creating high-performance and highly-available shared storage pools using the disks and flash storage in your servers. It addresses the requirements for fast and reliable access to storage across a cluster of servers at remote sites as well as in high-performance applications.Download this white paper to learn about:
• The technical aspects of DataCore’s Virtual SAN solution - a deep dive into converged storage• How DataCore Virtual SAN addresses IT challenges such as single points of failure, poor application performance, low storage efficiency and utilization, and high infrastructure costs.• Explore possible use cases and benefits of DataCore’s Virtual SAN