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Blueprint for Delivering IT-as-a-Service - 9 Steps for Success
You’ve got the materials (your constantly changing IT infrastructure). You’ve got the work order (your boss made that perfectly clear). But now what? Delivering IT-as-a-service has never been more challenging than it is today...virtualization, private, public, and hybrid cloud computing are drastically changing how IT needs to provide service delivery and assurance. You know exactly what you need to do, the big question is HOW to do it. If only there was some kind of blueprint for this…
You’ve got the materials (your constantly changing ITinfrastructure). You’ve got the work order (your boss made that perfectlyclear). But now what? Delivering IT-as-a-service has never been morechallenging than it is today...virtualization, private, public, and hybridcloud computing are drastically changing how IT needs to provide servicedelivery and assurance. You know exactly what you need to do, the big questionis HOW to do it. If only there was some kind of blueprint for this…

Based on our experience working with Zenoss customers whohave built highly virtualized and cloud infrastructures, we know what it takesto operationalize IT-as-a-Service in today’s ever-changing technicalenvironment. We’ve put together a guided list of questions in this eBook around the following topics to help you build your blueprint for getting the job done,and done right: 
  • Unified Operations
  • Maximum Automation
  • Model Driven
  • Service Oriented
  • Multi-Tenant
  • Horizontal Scale
  • Open Extensibility
  • Subscription
  • ExtremeService
Making a Business Case for Unified IT Monitoring
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.

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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How Software-Defined Storage Enhances Hyper-converged Storage
This paper describes how to conquer the challenges of using SANs in a virtual environment and why organizations are looking into hyper-converged systems that take advantage of Software-Defined Storage as a solution to provide reliable application performance and a highly available infrastructure.
One of thefundamental requirements for virtualizing applications is shared storage.Applications can move around to different servers as long as those servers haveaccess to the storage with the application and its data. Typically, sharedstorage takes place over a storage network known as a SAN. However, SANstypically run into issues in a virtual environment, so organizations arecurrently looking for new options. Hyper-converged infrastructure is a solutionthat seems well-suited to address these issues.
 
By downloading thispaper you will:
 
  • Identify the issues with running SANs in virtualized environments
  • Learn why Hyper-converged systems are ideal for solving performance issues
  • Learn why Hyper-converged systems are ideal for remote offices
  • Discover real world use-cases where DataCore's Hyper-converged Virtual SAN faced these issues
Hyper-converged Infrastructure: No-Nonsense Selection Criteria
This white paper helps you identify the key selection criteria for building a business savvy hyper-converged infrastructure model for your business based on cost, availability, fitness to purpose and performance. Also, it includes a checklist you can use to evaluate hyper-converged storage options.
Hyper-converged storage is the latest buzz phrase instorage. The exact meaning of hyper-converged storage varies depending on thevendor that one consults, with solutions varying widely with respect to theirsupport for multiple hypervisor and workload types and their flexibility interms of hardware componentry and topology.
 
Regardless of the definition that vendors ascribe to theterm, the truth is that building a business savvy hyper-converged infrastructurestill comes down to two key requirements: selecting a combination ofinfrastructure products and services that best fit workload requirements, andselecting a hyper-converged model that can adapt and scale with changingstorage demands without breaking available budgets.
 
Download this paper to:
  • Learn about hyper-converged storage and virtualSANs
  • Identify key criteria for selecting the right hyper-converged infrastructure
  • Obtain a checklist for evaluating options
Masergy accelerates VDI and storage performance with Infinio
To support its global users, Masergy needed to accelerate its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was unconvinced that spending budget on solid-state drive (SSD) solutions would work.
To support its global users, Masergy needed to accelerate its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and was unconvinced that spending budget on solid-state drive (SSD) solutions would work. The team was investigating SSD solutions and options from SanDisk, VMware and Dell, as well as all-flash arrays, when it discovered Infinio at VMworld 2014. Unlike the solutions Masergy considered previously, the simplicity of the Infinio Accelerator and low price point caught the Masergy team’s attention. Fewer than six months later, Masergy’s Infinio installation was under way. Infinio provides an alternative to expensive, hardware-based solutions to address VDI performance, which is what Masergy wanted to improve.
A New Approach to Per User Application Management
Our premise is simple: existing methodologies for delivering and deploying Windows applications are based upon outmoded ideas and outdated technology. There remains a need for a product that makes it simple for each user to have their Windows applications individually tailored for their device. When a user logs on they should see only the applications that they are licensed to use regardless of whether they are using cloud, virtual or traditional desktops.
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A simple truth: Current application delivery and deployment solutions for Windows®-based desktops are often not fast enough, and the methods employed introduce complexities and limitations that cost enterprises valuable time, money and productivity. There is a strong need for a solution that is faster to deploy, simpler to use, and improves productivity rather than degrades it. In fact, the best solution would seamlessly and instantaneously personalizing the entire desktop, from profiles and printers to applications and extensions, while supporting license compliance and cost optimization. And, of course, it wouldn’t matter if the target desktops were physical, virtual, or cloud-based. FSLogix is delivering that solution today.

UNIQUE, CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY

FSLogix has devised a revolutionary technique called Image Masking to create a single Unified Base Image that hides everything a logged in user shouldn’t see, providing predictable and real-time access to applications and profiles. This approach is driving unprecedented success in image reduction, with a side benefit of license cost optimization. Image masking functions identically across a wide range of Windows-based platforms, greatly simplifying the path from traditional to virtual environments, and dramatically reducing the management overhead required for enterprise desktops. This solution eliminates multiple layers of management infrastructure, creating a single, unified approach to image management, profile access, and application delivery.
Weighing Your Unified Monitoring Options: When Open Source Makes Sense
There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few. However, not every tool is right for every environment.
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There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few.

However, not every tool is right for every environment.

Weighing the strengths and weaknesses of open-source offerings is essential to determining whether they will work to meet your specific goals.

Since Zenoss has both open source and enterprise-scale solutions, we’re very familiar with both the benefits and limitations of these product sets for your organizational needs. This comparison guide helps provide insight into when and where open source tools might be a good fit.

Which solution is the right fit for you?  Download our white paper today to find out!
The Six Factors that Determine Your Storage TCO
Over the past decade, capital expenses have grown 3x, but operating expenses have grown 8x. That’s a remarkable pace, and so it’s critical to understand the drivers. Read up on the six TCO factors you need to consider and suggestions for how to think through—and even measure—each one.

When you’re in a buying cycle, calculating the cost of different storage options can be overwhelming—its not as simple as comparing cost-per-gigabyte.

Over the past decade, capital expenses have grown 3x, but operating expenses have grown 8x. That’s a remarkable pace, and so it’s critical to understand the drivers. Read up on the six TCO factors you need to consider and suggestions for how to think through—and even measure—each one.

Citrix Ready Whitepaper: Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7
Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for deploying application and desktop virtualization. The new FMA provides a unified platform that makes application and desktop delivery fast and easy. Discover how to take advantage of all the new Citrix features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote access of your virtual applications and desktops in this Citrix-Ready White Paper
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As Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for deploying application and desktop virtualization in today’s expanding enterprise, they provide a unified platform that makes application and desktop delivery fast and easy.

You can utilize the new Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) as well as several new features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote access of your virtual applications and desktops.

In this Citrix-Ready white paper, Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7, you will discover real-world experiences as well as the top eight best practices in deploying Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x, including how to:

  • Be cloud ready by separating the management plane and the workload
  • Enhance scalability and performance for multi-media applications with GPUs
  • Take advantage of new XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x features including Connection Leasing, anonymous user accesses, session pre-launch and lingering, and application folders/grouping support
  • Improve the user experience on broadband wireless connections with the Framehawk technology (available in Feature Pack 2)
  • Benefit from Citrix Provisioning Services enhancements and understand the trade-offs between PVS vs. Machine Creation Services
  • Analyze virtualization platform choices and how to optimize the deployment to get more users per server
  • Leverage built-in Citrix tools for performance visibility
  • Implement end-to-end monitoring, diagnosis and reporting for complete visibility across all Citrix and non-Citrix tiers in a single unified view

Performance Monitoring for Your Citrix Infrastructure - Considerations & Checklist
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures
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Numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items comprise today’s complex Citrix infrastructures and all can affect the user experience. At any given time, one or more of these components may fail or experience an issue and service organizations spend a significant amount of time and effort diving into each of the various components in order to properly address and resolve problems.

Download this white paper to get a comprehensive checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures. Jo Harder, Application and Desktop Virtualization Analyst, details a checklist for importance level and vendor consideration broken out into the following categories:

  • Monitoring of all Datacenter Components
  • Monitoring of User Experience
  • Monitoring of Citrix Key Performance Indicators
  • Administration and Reporting
  • Monitoring System Functionality
  • Vendor Support and Product Development
User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware Labs in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and moves to
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
IT Monitoring and Performance Management White Paper
Learn about eG Enterprise's unified monitoring capabilities as they apply to your infrastructure and particular challenges, whether application performance management, Citrix monitoring, Java monitoring or other business environments.

Citrix logon monitoring has been a topic that has been getting a lot of attention. In some domains, users logon multiple times into their Citrix infrastructure. Slow logons affect the user experience and reduce user productivity.

This whitepaper discusses different ways of monitoring Citrix logon times, reviews what is necessary for complete visibility into the Citrix logon process and presents how to diagnose Citrix logon slowness issues quickly to improve the user experience and enhance productivity.

5 Keys to Virtualization Zen
So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and achieving virtualization bliss.

So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and achieving virtualization bliss.

Zenoss makes managing virtualized environments and virtualization monitoring easy and less expensive. The Zenoss hybrid IT monitoring platform allows you to comprehensively monitor resource performance and availability across the entire stack, including network, storage, applications and more, regardless of physical or virtual location.

DevOps or IT? The Right Team With The Right Culture
Keeping IT infrastructure environments running smoothly requires constant monitoring and maintenance skilled technicians with in-depth knowledge. In contrast, DevOps requirements include automation, integration, monitoring and collaboration within the IT infrastructure. Winning IT strategies will embrace both cultures in order to maximize effectiveness and responsiveness. Here we’ll explore what a company can do to create a DevOps culture capable of working hand-in-hand with traditional, skill

Traditional IT environments, so critical to most businesses, require a great deal of maintenance and monitoring in order to provide high levels of performance on a consistent basis. IT infrastructure includes computer hardware, operating systems, storage systems, and networking components in addition to the business software applications that support critical business functions. Keeping these elements running in harmony requires skilled technicians with in-depth knowledge of their specific segment of the total environment.

On  the  other  hand,  the  DevOps  experience  is  now  more  in  demand  than  ever.  The  single  areas  of  expertise and silos of knowledge are removed with software-defined environments that allow human resources to work together as a tightly bound team. This results in more effective use of resources with  a  dramatic  improvement  to  development  and  operational  agility.  DevOps  requirements  include  automation, integration, monitoring and collaboration within the IT infrastructure. Implementation of this  approach  nurtures  a  culture  that  removes  barriers  between  operations,  system  administrators,  engineers  and  developers,  delivering  the  best  results  possible,  and  improving  the  value  of  IT  to  end  users and customers.

There  is  no  right  or  wrong  approach.  Winning  IT  strategies  will  embrace  both  cultures  in  order  to  maximize effectiveness and responsiveness.  This paper will explore what a company needs, or should have in place, to create a DevOps culture capable of working hand-in-hand with traditional IT.

The Definitive Guide to Monitoring Virtual Environments
The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual env

OVERVIEW

The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual environment to new levels of efficiency, performance and scale.

This guide explains the pervasiveness of virtualized environments in modern data centers, the demand these environments create for more robust monitoring and analytics solutions, and the keys to getting the most out of virtualization deployments.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

·        History and Expansion of Virtualized Environments

·        Monitoring Virtual Environments

·        Approaches to Monitoring

·        Why Effective Virtualization Monitoring Matters

·        A Unified Approach to Monitoring Virtualized Environments

·        5 Key Capabilities for Virtualization Monitoring

o   Real-Time Awareness

o   Rapid Root-Cause Analytics

o   End-to-End Visibility

o   Complete Flexibility

o   Hypervisor Agnosticism

·        Evaluating a Monitoring Solution

o   Unified View

o   Scalability

o   CMDB Support

o   Converged Infrastructure

o   Licensing

·        Zenoss for Virtualization Monitoring

Application Playbook: Exchange Monitoring for IT Pros
Applications make up the backbone of every business, from small companies to large corporations. Today, IT teams are finding themselves under increasing pressure to keep applications and the supporting infrastructure readily available and performing optimally.

Applications make up the backbone of every business, from small companies to large corporations.  Today, IT teams are finding themselves under increasing pressure to keep applications and the supporting infrastructure readily available and performing optimally.

In this eBook, we'll share the latest best practices for monitoring Microsoft Exchange and discuss how to troubleshoot performance issues faster and keep business-critical applications running smoothly.