Citrix monitoring

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

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.

Challenges with Citrix Hypervisor management

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:

  • Limited capabilities of the native Citrix Hypervisor management console.
  • Outages due to communication failures between the Xen hosts and the virtual machines (VMs).
  • Usage errors due to over utilized storage by the Xen VMs.
  • Inability to identify VM sprawl which causes performance degradation and compliance issues.

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.

Monitor Citrix Hypervisors, hosts, and VMs effectively with OpManager

ManageEngine OpManager is a powerful Citrix performance monitoring tool. It provides dedicated monitoring tools such as:

  1. Xen inventory
  2. Xen host and VM performance monitors
  3. Xen VM maps
  4. Xen environment storage forecaster
  5. XenServer reports

1. Easily manage multiple Citrix environments with the Xen inventory

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.

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2. Proactively monitor Citrix Xen hosts and VMs for availability and performance

OpManager monitors the availability of the Xen hosts in real time. Using OpManager, you can set custom thresholds and monitor:

  • CPU utilization
  • Memory utilization
  • Disk I/O usage
  • Network usage
  • VCPU performance
  • Virtual disk usage

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.

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3. Use visual Xen maps for easier fault identification

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.

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4. Forecast storage requirements for your Xen virtual environments

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.

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5. Get detailed reports on XenServer performance

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:

  • Average CPU Speed in MHz (Xen Host)
  • Xen Host CPU Utilization
  • Xen Host Memory Utilization
  • Power State (Xen Host)
  • Number of Virtual CPU (Xen VM)
  • Minimum Static Memory in MB
  • Minimum Dynamic Memory in MB
  • Tools Status (Xen VM)
  • Power State (Xen VM)

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.

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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.

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