Data is everywhere – and in large quantities. Do you ever stop to think about how much data we process to make decisions on a daily basis? From the moment we wake up in the morning, we need to process what to wear, based on the weather report, if we have important business meetings to attend, and numerous other factors. Then what do we have for breakfast? By what time should we get to the office? What route will we take? Once at the office, we may need to decide on such things as how best to approach a large sales opportunity, how to best spend Q2 marketing budget, how to focus limited engineering resources on emerging trends or how to manage corporate facilities and hiring – all based on the data available to us. And the decisions we make will ultimately have consequences. Many of them may seem insignificant in the near-term, though perhaps more impactful in the long-term.

With so much data all around us for decision making, we need to constantly filter through it to find the relevant and actionable pieces. The same is true when monitoring a virtual delivery infrastructure. There are metrics around user session details, logon times, machine utilization, network conditions and much more. This is true regardless of whether our environment is cloud-managed or traditional on-premises. So, how does the Citrix admin maintain control and visibility?

The answer is with Citrix Director – the daily web-based management and monitoring console. Director has evolved from its humble beginnings as Desktop Director in XenDesktop 5.x in late 2010 to be a comprehensive monitoring solution with a cloud-first approach. In fact, many new Director features made their way to the XenApp and XenDesktop Service on Citrix Cloud first before eventually coming to the on-premises releases. One such example of this is Proactive Notification and Alerting, where warning and critical thresholds are set for given conditions and email alerts are sent out once these thresholds are met.

Join us at Citrix Synergy 2018 — May 8-10 — in Anaheim. It’s setting up to be an amazing event full of learning and networking opportunities. I’ll be presenting session SYN126: Actionable app and desktop monitoring in Citrix Cloud along with our Director of Product Management Sameer Mehta. In this session, we’ll not only cover the latest monitoring capabilities for your virtual infrastructure, but also, we’ll provide guidance on how to take a strategic approach to monitoring for optimal results. Plus we’ll share a glimpse into the future of action-based monitoring and analytics with Citrix solutions. There will be an opportunity to ask us your most burning questions as well. We also welcome your input on what specific topics you’d like to see us cover in the session using the comments section below.

Don’t let your data consume you. Learn how to leverage it to your advantage. See you in Anaheim as we define the future of work through the Citrix digital workspace. Register for Citrix Synergy 2018 today!