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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati Be especially careful about anti-virus as you go through your deployments. The thing that happens is when you take a user’s disk and remove it from the machine and put their storage on a SAN, most traditional anti-virus products are not aware of that transition. And, many of them are used to making near constant access to the disk. And when that happens on a shared SAN environment with hundreds of desktops sitting on that SAN, performance bottlenecks spring up all over the place. Happily, most of the anti-virus products on the market... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati Our fifth tip talks about the need to have capability that looks across the silos and enables you to be proactive in management. When we look at these interactions, it’s important that we don’t just look at them one at a time - that is that a particular desktop is talking to a particular user and using 150K of bandwidth - it’s also important to know at the same point in time what usage level is going to the storage. What is the use of different application ports and protocols that may be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati As we’re talking about end user experience, this fourth tip is going to get directly at what’s necessary to keep track of end user performance. There’s no better way to track that than to record exactly what’s happening for a particular user at the exact time that they are having a problem. This is so important because it’s ultimately the end users who determine whether or not a VDI project will succeed. Because the users are now depending on this shared infrastructure to do their job, if there’s any problem with it, they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at Xangati
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Alan Robin, CEO, Xangati The Xangati team received exciting news last week. We learned that our Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) 4.0 won the Gold Award for Virtualization Management in the SearchServerVirtualization.com 2011 Products of the Year. Winning the top award from an independent panel of judges – including users, editorial staff, analysts and virtualization experts – feels good. But the progress that we’re making as an industry and for users feels great. As we move forward, advancing to the next level, everything in virtualization points to progress. A recent IDC survey identifies virtualization as a top priority for CIOs in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati Today’s third tip really talks about the network activity of the VDI session. This ends up being particularly important because in VDI, we’ve actually decomposed the desktop into several different constituent parts. What we’ve done in VDI is essentially taken a desktop and split it in between a screen display, the backend processing, and the storage for that desktop. These items are typically separated by a network and when you do that, the workload of the network becomes a critical part of the actual end user experience. It becomes important to be able... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati As we’ve been pulled in to help with dozens and dozens of VDI deployments at various stages of success, stall, or even failure – we’ve again and again found that storage performance has an outsized impact on VDI performance. In fact, the majority of deployments end up suffering from storage performance fluctuation. For example, if you were to take a particular group of VDI desktops that live on posts or are connected to storage, they all make their connections as users in deployment in the environment, and things are working along just fine.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati It is essential for you to track all the moving parts in a VDI environment. It’s not enough to just look at the hypervisor or just look at the storage or even just look at the separate management console. It is crucial to have the ability to track all of those moving parts together. The Gartner Group have basically made the observation that in VDI you essentially need to combine: network, storage, servers, the guest VMs, and various other existing IT products and the problem could be anywhere when the end user has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati Over the course of the next ten days or so, I will share various VDI tips based on my experience as the Technical Marketing Director at Xangati. I have worked with many customers on their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments (including VMware’s VMworld team on the Hands on Labs VDI) and have seen firsthand how critical management solutions are to the success of the initiative. These blog posts will provide insightful information with special focus on: Top 5 tips for an optimal end-user experience Complexity of tracking all the “moving parts” in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Xangati
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Nathanael Iversen, Director of Technical Marketing, Xangati As we’ve been pulled in to help with dozens and dozens of VDI deployments at various stages of success, stall, or even failure – we’ve again and again found that storage performance has an outsized impact on VDI performance. In fact, the majority of deployments end up suffering from storage performance fluctuation. For example, if you were to take a particular group of VDI desktops that live on posts or are connected to storage, they all make their connections as users in deployment in the environment, and things are working along just fine.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Xangati
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David Messina, VP Marketing and Product Management, Xangati Last month I took a business trip to Europe – where I was able to spend a lot of time talking with customers about their virtualization initiatives. Many of the conversations centered on VDI. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, much of what I heard was also reflected at a recent Gartner Data Center Conference. Gartner analyst Terry Cosgrove has stated that Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVD) – Gartner’s term for VDI – is trading a configuration management challenge for a performance challenge. From my numerous customer exchanges, I believe that companies are really starting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Xangati
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Alan Robin, CEO, Xangati The barriers have been removed, and we’re already off and running in 2012. Out of the starting gate, virtualization is no longer the dark horse but a recognized favorite, with growing acceptance and opportunities. Forty percent of servers overall have been virtualized, and Gartner projects that number to grow to 75% by 2015 (Gartner Magic Quadrant Report, June 2011). Further, virtualization is finally being acknowledged as a strategic business asset. As expressed in a Network World 2012 Outlook: “The days of tactical deployments are done; be strategic.” But making virtualization a sure thing requires performance management,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Xangati
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Alan Robin, CEO, Xangati As we wrap up our Virtual Tweet for Tots campaign, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the participants for tweeting to make this holiday season a little bit brighter for less fortunate kids. With your help, Xangati was able to donate 250 new toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. We’d also like to send a big thank you to the marines we worked with at Toys for Tots. They made it easy for us to join their program and – as you can see from our photos... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati The tweets have started to come in and the toys are being ordered. Xangati’s #VirtualTweet4Tots Campaign has already generated a nice list of virtual wish list items from our own virtualization community. Here are just a few of the tweets to give you a flavor of where minds are at this holiday season. Xangati pledges to donate up to 250 toys to the program – but we need your tweets – to fill up the bins before Dec 20th. Take the few seconds now to make sure your tweet gives a toy to a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Xangati
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Alan Robin, CEO, Xangati The Xangati team spends a lot of time – throughout the entire year – thinking about the capabilities and features that make up all of your virtualization ‘wish lists.’ We think about things like second-by-second cross-silo visibility, higher (or deeper) levels of scalability, easy-to-use and graphically pleasing monitoring systems and so on. We always want to hear from customers, partners and influencers in our growing virtualization community. As we enter the holiday season, we hope to engage to learn about your plans and expectations for 2012. Just coming back from our U.S.-based turkey-stuffing-potato-gravy-pumpkin pie-infused Thanksgiving break,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Xangati
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Jagan Jagannathan, Founder and CTO, Xangati You’ve heard us talk at length about how Xangati solutions help drive virtualization initiatives, giving the confidence to migrate LOB applications and extend virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) initiatives. With the clarity provided through our VI and VDI solutions, administrators can take the next step in data center virtualization – whatever that step might be for their particular business. They can do so confidently, knowing that our state-of-the-art monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities allow them to quickly identify and resolve performance issues. Successful virtualization means that businesses can fully capitalize their technology investment – which often... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati What if an application manager could see their application from your point of view? What if the network manager could see how your VMs are affected by changes in the infrastructure? What if an end-user could send you a video of their activity the next time they report “Everything is slow?” That’s exactly what the Xangati Remote Object Viewer (ROV) is designed to do—give others the same live information you can get with a Xangati Management Dashboard but only for their specific needs. The Xangati ROV, allows any member of the IT organization to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at Xangati
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David Messina, VP Marketing and Product Management, Xangati I can pull up by the curb I can take it on the road Goin’ mobile I can stop in any street With a tablet – which is sweet Goin’ mobile Keep me movin’ ‘Keep me movin’—the famous refrain of The Who has become the refrain of the end user. And as end users push for the convenience of their favorite mobile device to access corporate data and applications, VDI is in the spotlight. It’s difficult to ignore that something is happening. Vendors (those that are advantageously positioned, anyways) are predicting the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Xangati
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David Messina, VP Marketing and Product Management, Xangati Are you trying to extend a virtualization initiative? Looking for a way to gain the confidence that you—and management—need to virtualize a particular line of business (LOB) application? Well, Xangati has a real-world virtualization success story about a company—that went from 60 to 98 percent virtualized in less than 3 months flat—that might be of interest to you. Resources for Human Development (RHD) is a national non-profit with 4,500 employees. Ahead of the times for most non-profits of its type, RHD embraced the concept of virtualization while still in its infancy—understanding the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati Euclid Insurance, located in Itasca, Illinois, knows how important customer service is when growing a business. For almost 60 years, Euclid has been providing brokerage services, employee benefits, retirement programs and property and casualty insurance coverage for companies of all sizes across the U.S. and can attribute customer service to much of their longevity and success. Dan Novak, the IT Manager for Euclid, has his own set of customers to keep happy—the 140 Euclid employees that depend on his virtual and physical network. Dan’s infrastructure currently includes three ESX 4.1 servers hosting VMware View... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati IP EXPO, the UK’s Largest Enterprise IT Event where IP Networks, Virtualisation, Cloud, Wireless, Storage and Security work together starts in just one week. It’s a free event as long as you register by 19:00 on Tuesday 18th October 2011. This year’s keynote speakers include Steve Wozniak and Roger Black. Mr. Wozniak will present lessons in leadership, staying focused on goals, and how to champion innovation in his presentation titled, "Today's Science Fiction, Tomorrow's Science Fact" and Mr. Black will be joined by Cisco when presenting “Being at the Heart of the London 2012... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati VMworld 2011 Copenhagen is less than 1 week away! This year, Xangati is pleased to offer you a private tour of the VMworld Hands On Labs infrastructure. On this tour you will see: An overall health score of the VMworld infrastructure Live interactions between the virtual desktops and the resources (servers, VMs, apps, networks, clouds, storage devices) they use to conduct the lab sessions Alerts and recordings PCoIP activity and detail Choose the 30-minute private tour you would like to book: Tuesday, 19 October, 10.00 Tuesday, 19 October, 12.00 Tuesday, 19 October, 14.00 Wednesday,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati Xangati is proud to sponsor a live webinar with David Davis and Kendrick Coleman titled, “Top 10 Free Tools for vSphere Management in 2011.” If you missed them in Las Vegas, then here’s your chance to see this encore presentation of CIM1940 from VMworld 2011 showcasing the Top 10 Free Tools for vSphere Management in 2011. David Davis of TrainSignal and Kendrick Coleman of VCE will go over some of the best free tools for vSphere that are hidden around the web. These aren’t just 30 day trials, these are completely FREE tools! Some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Xangati
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Steve Rodgers, Marketing Communications Manager, Xangati Athabasca University, serving 38,000 students in 84 countries worldwide by offering online courses, knows the importance of having an infrastructure that is running problem free—their students depend on having access to courses at any time since “learning at your pace” is one of the advantages of attending Athabasca. With 1,200 faculty and staff members supporting these students, access to the information that the staff needs is just as critical. So when Kevin Richards, PC Systems Analyst at Athabasca, set out to deploy a VDI solution, he knew a management tool would be an important... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2011 at Xangati
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David Messina, VP Marketing and Product Management, Xangati Xangati wants to help you work smarter, not harder. Managing a virtualized infrastructure is no easy task, especially when you’re dealing with a myriad of physical and virtual devices. We know that the amount of data you need to monitor for performance management in your virtualized infrastructure is mind boggling to say the least. With infrastructure resources being continuously shared across the infrastructure, managing performance in a VDI environment, in particular, requires a vast amount of detail as to what is happening at the exact time of a performance problem in order... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2011 at Xangati
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Alan Robin, CEO, Xangati With attendance surging at 19,000 and counting, VMworld reminds me of its own little virtualization galaxy. But it’s a galaxy that Xangati is most glad to visit—with an energy level and excitement that is unmatched by any other conference of its kind. Xangati is always thrilled to be part of VMworld, and this year’s show in Las Vegas was no different. Xangati extends kudos to @bknudtson, @vseanclark and @theronconrey for organizing a great kick-off party at this year’s VMunderground WuPaaS. With bacon t-shirts and a bacon gift basket, we kept the pork (and ale) flowing all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Xangati