Many enterprises have adopted virtual computing to save costs by facilitating easier management and more efficient use of IT assets. Virtual computing allows more to be done with limited IT resources resulting in better ROI for enterprise data centers. However, without conscientious virtualization monitoring, computing resources can become over loaded and cause applications running in those virtual environments to slow down or fail. The resulting loss in revenue reverses the cost advantages of using virtual computing.
Dynatrace, the leader in the APM market, offers a solution for virtualization monitoring of Citrix virtual environments in addition to solutions for monitoring Java, PHP, NGINX, and Node.js performance. With Dynatrace monitoring of Citrix® XenApp and XenDesktop environments, any performance issues can be quickly caught and mitigated.
Dynatrace’s Data Center RUM is a comprehensive APM solution for monitoring the performance of application and infrastructure tiers in your data center. This includes SQL server monitoring, virtualization monitoring, and the monitoring of network elements used in application transactions. Dynatrace Data Center RUM’s Citrix Analysis Module and Application Analysis Modules provide end-to-end visibility into XenApp and XenDesktop virtual environments revealing performance data such as network bandwidth usage by application and transaction performance experienced by individual users. Captured performance data enables your DevOps team to identify resource and network bottlenecks in your data center.
To supplement performance data from Citrix virtualization monitoring, you can also use Dynatrace Data Center RUM to monitor other tiers in the data center such as Nginx monitoring in the Web server tier and SQL monitoring in the database tier. The comprehensive array of performance data captured by Dynatrace Data Center RUM greatly improves the overall performance and efficiency of your data center.
Using Dynatrace to monitor your virtual environment yields many advantages. Two key advantages stand out to benefit end-users and DevOps teams.
The first key advantage of Dynatrace virtualization monitoring is reduction in support costs. Continuous performance monitoring of Citrix virtual environments by Dynatrace Data Center RUM identifies performance degradation in Citrix applications before your end-users are significantly impacted. Additional monitoring of other tiers by Dynatrace Data Center RUM such as monitoring NGINX performance in the front-end Web server tier reveals performance issues in other components in your data center. Fixes for performance problems can be implemented before your users are adversely impacted – thereby reducing help desk calls and escalations.
The second key advantage of Dynatrace virtualization monitoring is increased DevOps productivity. Monitoring of virtual environments in your data center increases DevOps productivity by reducing incidents and escalations for applications running in the virtual environments, and making it easier and faster to troubleshoot issues that do arise. This frees up DevOps resources for other work in the data center such as network optimization using network performance tools.