Xangati Strengthens Infrastructure Performance Management in Virtual Environments with Two Products

Company announces product enhancements to virtual appliance suite; unveils free VMware tool with ESX visibility

Xangati, a company specializing in infrastructure performance management, has released two additions to its product portfolio: Xangati for ESX and the Xangati Management Dashboard (XMD) and the new, free tool for ESX/ESXi visibility and troubleshooting.

The new capabilities are designed to address the entire virtual infrastructure, providing performance insights for VMs, ESX hosts, storage, applications, and end-user devices across both the physical and virtual infrastructure without the need for server or desktop agents. New capabilities include:

  • Presentation of the entire virtual infrastructure in one pane of glass: servers, VMs, network, storage, applications, end-users in the same dashboard without server/desktop agents
  • Continuous scroll-bar views for Virtual Infrastructure (VI) performance (including vCenter “real-time” CPU, memory, and disk statistics)
  • Auto-thresholding, alerting, and recording for response time metrics (within the VI, VI-to-physical network, and VI-to-storage)
  • vCenter alerts trigger rich DVR recordings (at the VM and ESX host level)
  • One-click virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) end-user-initiated problem recordings
  • Partitioned, real-time VM visibility login for application and server owners to obtain vCenter statistics

In addition, the release provides auto-thresholding and continuous monitoring for up to 200,000 IP identities (which includes VMs), as well as instant reporting on the top 100 users for CPU, memory, and disk. Thirty-five top ten lists can also be continuously processed and presented in real-time, and traffic activity per vSwitch port is presented to-the-second.

“A lack of knowledge about how application tiers interact with each other is a key stumbling block to the migration of line of business applications in virtualized environments,” said Alan Robin, CEO at Xangati. “A recent survey indicates 82 percent of VI administrators don’t have confidence in existing tools to manage application performance. By providing a comprehensive framework for all of the infrastructure components, Xangati gives insight into communications between the layers of a multi-tier application -- both before and after virtualization -- giving businesses the assurance they need to extend their virtualization initiatives.”

By addressing both server and network metrics in detail, the new version of Xangati’s virtual appliance suite gives administrators a comprehensive and integrated method for managing the virtualized infrastructure, enabling better management of all its parts not just server performance. Users can now view all critical data real-time on one UI and can easily see how a problem in one device might correspond with another to identify underlying causes.

Xangati’s new capabilities also enable troubleshooting up to 10 times faster than previously possible. For example, the XMD can now receive SNMP traps triggered by vCenter alerts for both ESX hosts and VMs. This, in turn, triggers an automated DVR recording on a problem object, giving users extensive and rich data for faster problem analysis. Because recordings can be easily shared, they also facilitate transparency between the VI team and the application/server owner for better joint problem resolution.

For VDI, Xangati can proactively track response times from the VI to remote sites across the WAN as well as to storage on the back-end. Leveraging Xangati’s auto-thresholding, alerting, and recording capabilities for latency, a VI admin will know in advance about a response time issue affecting end-user performance. The admin can work with their peers to resolve the issue before desktop support calls start. At the same time, end users can leverage a simple Web portal to initiate a recording of the complete activity at the time they are having a poor experience with their virtual desktop. This insight is another way to accelerate problem resolution and ties back to both the virtual and physical infrastructure.

Available now, the Xangati Management Dashboard Standard edition is available starting at $4,999; the Enterprise edition starts at $9,999. More information is available at www.xangati.com.

Xangati Free VMware Tool for ESX/ESXi Visibility and Troubleshooting

Accelerates user virtualization initiatives with high-performance, no-cost infrastructure performance management (IPM) solution

Xangati for ESX management tool gives virtualization administrators situational awareness into the dynamic environment they are responsible for managing.

“Across the board we are hearing that Virtual Infrastructure (VI) administrators want more insight into the infrastructure to adequately manage and thereby accelerate their virtualization plans,” Robin said.

With Xangati for ESX, virtualization administrators can solve problems in real-time for both server virtualization and VDI environments. Providing ESX host-level visibility, Xangati for ESX offers a user interface (UI) presentation with live, continuous “scroll bar” views, and DVR recordings and reports. Xangati for ESX expands the number of data sources typically covered and includes breakthrough functionality not found in other free offerings. Features include:

  • Multiple data sources, including: traffic traversing vSwitches and VMware API
  • Optimized for visibility and troubleshooting
  • UI with live navigational drill-down and streaming views with full details for VMs and the ESX
  • DVR recordings triggered by VMware alerts
  • More than 20 top-10, real-time views

Xangati for ESX installs as an .OVF virtual appliance in less than 10 minutes, giving administrators a much smoother installation process than many free competitors on the market today, which require pre-existing operating systems be set-up for install.

The new Xangati for ESX, which supports up to 10 IP identities (including

VMs) and works with VMware 3.5, 4.0, and 4.1 for ESX and ESXi and can be downloaded immediately from http://www.xangati.com/free-download at no cost.