Simplify, Monitor, and Support Your Citrix Workloads with Cloud LifeCycle Management

November 19, 2015

Author

Kaushik Rana

Solution Specialist at SoftwareONELinkedin

IT administrators are realizing that application deployments on cloud are getting more complex and error-prone than ever before. Additionally, the deployment of workloads and enterprise applications is only the first step in the lifecycle of applications. Once the workloads are deployed, IT administrators must continuously monitor the health of the workloads to ensure they are running at optimum performance, can scale efficiently to meet changing demands, and are always available to end users even in case of application component or environment failures.

To support IT administrators in maintaining the health of their Citrix infrastructure, Citrix Lifecycle Management structural planning conveys comprehensive lifecycle management services for Citrix workloads and enterprise applications, making it simple for customers to receive new target deployment environments.

The Basic Components of Citrix Lifecycle Management for Monitoring the Health of VMs

A Connector operates as a server that communicates with Lifecycle Management and has access to a virtualization instance or cloud resource location behind a firewall. The connector is needed only if the resource location cannot be accessed via web. Some basic functionality components of Citrix Lifecycle Management include:

  • Lifecycle Management is the cloud service provider or on-premise hypervisor where the IT Manager launches virtual machines and deploys the blueprints that they create.
  • The Lifecycle Management Agent is a secure software package that coordinates software deployments, collects metrics, and transmits logs.
  • The Citrix Lifecycle Management Connector is a machine in the resource location on which the Lifecycle Management Agent has been installed; the Connector enables Lifecycle Management to securely communicate with firewalled environment over port 443 (using HTTPS).

Service Lifecycle Management with service blueprints.

  • Simplified design, deployment, monitoring, and updating of IT services.
  • Deploy application workloads as automated services to virtual, private or public cloud environments by selecting desired deployment destinations and environments
  • Configure the size and scale of Citrix workloads and enterprise application deployments.

Out-of-the-box blueprints for Citrix workloads.

  • Enable accelerated time-to-value for Citrix workloads.
  • Minimize the complexity associated with the ongoing management of Citrix workloads through standardized deployment best practices and management tools.
  • Out-of-the-box blueprints for XenDesktop, XenApp, XenMobile, NetScaler and Workspace Suite.
  • Simplify how administrators and operators of Citrix workloads design, deploy, manage and deliver these workloads to enterprise end-users.

A unified interface for the deployment and management of application services.

  • Simplify application service management by using a unified interface for provisioning IT services, managing users, monitoring and scaling.
  • Enable access to the Citrix Lifecycle Management console from anywhere, from any device, through cloud-based control.
  • Flexible pay-as-you-go model allows enterprises to make incremental investments.
  • Reduce the pain of upgrades with the SaaS model.

Service monitoring and alerting.

  • Monitor the health, performance and availability of application workloads in real-time fashion on application monitoring dashboards.
  • Gain the ability to configure the metrics to be monitored, alerts for these metrics, and set thresholds on when the alerts are issued.
  • Set triggers to enable redundancy, automatic scaling, or disaster recovery. Automatically monitor application availability for IT provisioning and configure new instances to meet performance expectations.

Auto-scaling and disaster recovery of applications.

  • Maintain service quality with automatic scaling of application workloads.
  • Specify triggers for auto-scaling at each tier of an IT service based on a combination of metrics that are being monitored for the servers and applications.
  • Automatically execute blueprint components to add or remove instances from each tier as part of the auto-scaling event.
  • Improve service availability with the capability to define a disaster recovery site.
  • In case of failure on the primary site, automatically launch the secondary site to maintain service continuity.

Citrix Lifecycle Management executes as a multitenant cloud orchestrator, conveyed as a SaaS offering, and bolstered by disseminated bunched frameworks and subsystems running on more than 20 servers.

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