Over the last week, I’ve been ‘steampunking’ some foam dart guns with my daughter.

We took several toy guns to pieces, painted all the exterior parts, then painstakingly put them back together again. The rebuilds should have been simple, but it was rarely so. Each time the device failed, we couldn’t see why without opening it all up and starting again (with reference photos thankfully). Now they do work, but only after much repetition.

It would have been much easier if we’d been able to see what was going wrong.

We face a very similar problem in modern IT infrastructure, particularly as we stack layers of virtualization across heterogenous devices. (Of course there are tools available, but they fall short.)

This need for greater transparency is one of the themes we’ve been tracking in Citrix Startup Accelerator. Several of our investments can be seen in the light of trying to solve this challenge – bringing new ideas and approaches to bear on simplifying AppOps and enterprise DevOps. A couple of companies that should be highlighted here are AppEnsure and ScriptRock.

AppEnsure has a gleaming new release of their software and I’m delighted to share that it’s seeing huge interest and has hit a real nerve.

Here’s a video they have created that explains how their technology is used in Citrix environments.

AppEnsure Use Case: Troubleshooting Citrix Environments

A new video is available which discusses how IT Operations can utilize the AppEnsure solution when troubleshooting large, distributed Citrix environments. AppEnsure gives IT Operations the ability to stop the finger pointing and quickly identify the “real” root cause of performance problems.

AppEnsure is an Application-Aware Infrastructure Performance Management solution built for IT Operations teams. By understanding the dynamic characteristics of all infrastructure elements supporting XenApp and XenDesktop, users can optimize the performance of any and every hosted application. This leads to increased revenue from revenue-generating applications and improved end-user experience, employee productivity, service availability and response time across the entire infrastructure.

Perfect the performance of applications in Citrix environments and identify the true culprit for poor performance. Go to appensure.com and download our free product with 5 agents or try our full evaluation product which gives unlimited agents for 14 days.

Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drIzGHYfIzE

Download AppEnsure: http://www.appensure.com/try-appensure-now.cfm

As always, I’d appreciate your comments, below or tweet me at @michaelharries.


Dr Michael Harries, Chief Technologist, Senior Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator