Goliath TechnologiesPHDVirtual recently released version 5.3. What you may not know is that PHDVirtual OEM’s the MonitorIT product from Goliath Technologies, and integrates it to provide PHDVirtual Monitor.  PHDVirtual Monitor supports XenDesktop and XenApp.

MonitorIT provides a complete view of the underlying virtual desktop infrastructure that cannot be captured by user experience centric solutions alone. XenDesktop metrics from the Desktop Delivery Controller, Licensing Server and Provisioning server are combined with metrics from the virtual machines, physical servers, hosts, networks, and applications in the environment, giving a single, integrated view of the entire infrastructure. Administrators can be proactively notified if performance thresholds for any part of the infrastructure are exceeded, and if services or processes fail, MonitorIT will restart them automatically.

Comprehensive Virtual Monitoring

There is no hypervisor limitation. MonitorIT, from Goliath Technologies, ships today with complete support for monitoring the entire Citrix XenServer virtual environment, including metrics from the hypervisor, directly from the virtual machines via an agent, and the associated physical infrastructure. This is distinctly different from other monitoring solutions as they are likely to be limited to only those metrics provided by the hypervisor which don’t include granular data about the virtual machines and their applications or the physical environment. MonitorIT provides “Comprehensive monitoring of the virtual infrastructure”.

XenCenter Integration

In addition, the MonitorIT UI integrates with Citrix XenCenter via a Tab plug-in so that the XenCenter console can be leveraged for a seamless operation. Note that this gives an administrator the ability to manage not just the XenServer hosts and their Virtual Machines, but also the physical infrastructure including networks, physical servers, applications, desktops and storage all from the XenCenter console.

XenCenter Integration

In addition, the MonitorIT UI integrates with Citrix XenCenter via a Tab plug-in so that the XenCenter console can be leveraged for a seamless operation. Note that this gives an administrator the ability to manage not just the XenServer hosts and their Virtual Machines, but also the physical infrastructure including networks, physical servers, applications, desktops and storage all from the XenCenter console.

Intelligent Agent and Agentless Capability

Providing the IT user with ultimate flexibility, visibility, and control, MonitorIT is both agent based for monitoring Windows, Linux & Unix, and agentless when collecting data via SNMP Traps, Syslog messages, and from the virtual hypervisors. It also provides a comprehensive UI console with dynamic dashboards for monitoring, alerting status, and graph based metrics with historical trending and reports that are easy to customize. MonitorIT also integrates basic network device monitoring via SNMP Traps and Queries, SYSLOG messages, and basic proactive PING, HTTP, and other IP service checks.

Intelligent Agent

The “intelligent agent” has several unique features that make it worthy of being considered intelligent. First, it is very easy to deploy and configure relative to most agents. Next, it is able to capture deep diagnostic metrics with little resource utilization, typically less than 0.1% of CPU & Memory utilization, and a 1.2 MB footprint. Finally, any agent can be designated a “master agent” and then be tasked with capturing SNMP Traps and SYSLOG messages from any such enabled device in your environment. If an SNMP Trap or SYSLOG alerting condition is triggered, the “master agent” will then send alerts to the Monitor IT server. This is incredibly helpful as it provides a facility for deployed agents, at a remote site, behind a firewall to monitor network devices, while negating the requirement to deploy an additional monitoring server to each location.

Integration with Citrix XenCenter

MonitorIT can optionally integrate with Citrix XenCenter using a Tab for seamless operation via XenCenter. Administrators who frequently use the XenCenter client will have easy access to Monitor IT.  MonitorIT integrates with the Citrix XenCenter console using a XenCenter plug-in to create a Tab for the MonitorIT UI. The MonitorIT UI provides complete access to all the MonitorIT dynamic dashboard displays, alert management displays, configuration screens, and report facilities.There is also an option for configuring the Tab plug-in for specific, key dashboards such as the Dashboard Display instead of, or in addition to, the whole MonitorIT UI. All MonitorIT’s security and multi-tenancy features are supported with both options.

Monitoring the Entire Physical Environment

Goliath Technologies’ MonitorIT supports all Windows, UNIX & Linux systems, with out of the box monitoring of Windows applications including Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft SQL Server.  MonitorIT also monitors the underlying network and storage infrastructure.

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