Efficiency is an important aspect for any organization that depends on its IT infrastructure to carry out daily business operations. Using virtualization technologies, network admins distribute hardware resources, such as CPU, memory, and storage to virtual machines and optimize the IT infrastructure for maximum efficiency. Our focus is on the powerful virtualization platform Citrix Hypervisor that provides server virtualization and monitoring services.
Citrix Hypervisor, also known as Citrix XenServer, is an open source virtualization tool that helps network admins distribute physical hardware such as CPU, memory, and storage for efficient business operations.
Despite its advantages, IT admins often find it challenging to manage their virtual environments built around the Citrix Hypervisor platform. Some of the shortcomings of the Citrix hypervisor platforms include:
In addition to that, when the virtualization environments are built around multiple Citrix XenServers, it becomes chaotic for IT admins to manage multiple XenServer hosts and the VMs associated with them. To overcome these limitations, IT admins need an effective, all-inclusive console for monitoring and managing all their Citrix Hypervisors.
ManageEngine OpManager is a powerful Citrix performance monitoring tool. It provides dedicated monitoring tools such as:
OpManager automatically discovers and classifies all the Citrix XenSevers based on user-defined conditions. You can monitor all your Citrix virtual environments from the Xen inventory. It includes details such as IP Address, DNS Name, OS version, and the status of the XenServer. The Xen inventory helps you keep tabs on all your Citrix virtual environments from a single pane.
OpManager monitors the availability of the Xen hosts in real time. Using OpManager, you can set custom thresholds and monitor:
Using SNMP, OpManager also lets you monitor processes and services running in the VMs. When the thresholds are breached, it raises alerts and notifies the IT admin. This helps to identify network faults early and ensure business critical applications hosted in your Citrix environment receive adequate resources.
OpManager lets you create maps of your Citrix virtual environment. With the Xen maps, you can easily visualize your XenServer hosts, VMs, and storage devices. Identifying dependencies between devices becomes easier. Anytime OpManager raises alerts on the performance or the disk utilization of the storage devices, you can easily identify the VMs that will be affected and make more informed IT decisions.
OpManager offers advanced ML-based storage forecasting which helps you predict the storage requirements for your Citrix virtual environments. OpManager forecasts the storage usage using growth trend and utilization of RAIDs and TapeLibraries. This helps you identify Xen environments that are running out of storage resources so the situation can be acted on immediately.
IT admins can optimize the Xen virtual environments only by reviewing its performance over time. Using OpManager's built-in reports, IT admins can generate periodic reports on XenServer performance. The built-in reports include but are not limited to:
OpManager lets users create custom reports based on their requirements. Users can also schedule reports on a daily, weekly, and monthly frequency and review the performance of their Citrix Xen environments.
In addition to Citrix Hypervisor, a business network usually consists of physical servers and many other hypervisor platforms. Using OpManager, you can monitor Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware, Cisco UCS, Nutanix, and physical servers in real time and gain deep insights on their performance.
Download OpManager for free and start monitoring your Citrix environments and other hypervisor platforms. You can also request a free, personalized demo to understand the Citrix monitoring capabilities of OpManager.