Independent Product Reviews of Goliath Technologies’ Proactive IT Operations Software for Citrix & VMware
The following is a directory of several independent reviews of Goliath’s proactive IT performance monitoring and management software for Citrix and VMware. Starting with Goliath Performance Monitor for Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop and VMware vSphere, you will also find reviews for Goliath’s Logon Simulator for Citrix and Goliath for NetScaler.
Below the reviews you will also find technical and product overviews of Goliath’s software that have been featured on the official Citrix blog.
Goliath Performance Monitor for Citrix XenApp 4.5-7.8 & XenDesktop 5.5-7.8
Reviewer: Jacob Rutski, Citrix Engineer, Citrix Certified Professional, Virtualization Engineer and SysAdmin/SysEngineer
Jacob Rutski is an accomplished virtualization engineer responsible for implementing solutions in multiple verticals such as financial services, healthcare, and law. Jake’s experience includes design, architecture, planning, deployment, support and troubleshooting of all major Citrix products like XenApp, XenDesktop, Provisioning Server, NetScaler, XenMobile and ShareFile. Jacob’s also a leader at his local Citrix User Group Community in North Florida.
Independent Review of the New End User Experience Monitoring & Management Features in Goliath Performance Monitor 11.6
As a working Citrix Engineer, my top priority is delivering a good End User Experience. I am always looking for tools that will help me be proactive, meaning get ahead of end user complaints, so I can fix issues before they impact my users. [Read more]
For this post, I have decided to create a feature-to-feature comparison between EdgeSight 5.x, Desktop Director/Insight, and Goliath Performance Monitor (GPM). With this comparison, it should be clear that GPM is more than capable of replacing your existing EdgeSight deployment and Desktop Director. [Read more]
Let’s talk about a monitoring agent I’ve been working with: the Goliath Intelligent Agent which is a feature in the newly released Goliath Performance Monitor (GPM) version 11.6. The GPM agent has always existed, but this latest release brings some great additional capabilities. I will tell you right now that Goliath’s Intelligent Agent is nothing like the Citrix EdgeSight agent. [Read more]
Goliath Logon Simulator for Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop
Reviewer: Rob Beekmans, Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator, VMware vExpert, IT Engineer, Solutions Architect, and Virtualization Consultant
Since the early ’90s, Rob Beekmans has been designing, implementing, and troubleshooting Citrix environments. Rob is a Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator, Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer, and VMware vExpert with focus areas on VDI environments, XenApp, XenDesktop, and Remote Desktop Services. Currently, Rob is a Netherlands-based Senior IT Consultant.
In my home lab, I setup a product and do a functional test. In that test, I try to look for similarities with other products and features that are exceptional. This post will show you how to setup the Goliath Logon Simulator for Citrix and what it does. You will see the results you get from the simulation, and in which scenarios it would benefit. Last but not least, to show the value of the product I will shed light on aspects like licensing and scalability. [Read more]
Product Review: Proactive Management of End User Experience Using Goliath Performance Monitor & Goliath Logon Simulator
If we were to take a poll on the coolest report Citrix EdgeSight used to have, I’m sure #1 and #2 would be Logon Details and Session Startup Details. Logon Details gave insight in GPO load time, logon scripts and so on. In this article I will go deeper in the product and show you how you can see very cool and wanted metrics within the Citrix ICA and HDX channel, and how you can monitor and debug a Citrix environment. [Read more]
Reviewer: Ed Duncan, Senior Systems Engineer, Citrix Certified Professional, Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Ed Duncan is one of the IT industry’s foremost experts on the Citrix logon process and Citrix end user logon optimization. Ed co-authored the official white paper for Citrix called, Logon Optimization for XenDesktop and XenApp. Currently, Ed is a Technical Marketing Engineer at Citrix after serving as a Senior Consultant at Citrix.
I have recently been evaluating Goliath Technologies’ Logon Simulator. It is a product that is capable of simulating the full user logon experience, and through the use of agents it can report on what is occurring at every step of the logon process. The product can also send alerts based on failed or slow logons. [Read more]
In this post I will cover how the Goliath Logon Simulator for Citrix can be used to help identify ICA latency issues with XenApp and XenDesktop. Goliath Technologies’ Logon Simulator displays ICA latency information on the Real-Time XenApp and XenDesktop Session Display console along with other important session information. This makes identifying the problem easier and speeds up the ICA latency troubleshooting process. [Read more]
Reviewer: Wilco van Bragt, Citrix Technology Professional, Citrix Certified Expert, Citrix Certified Professional, Microsoft MVP for RDS, and Senior IT Consultant-Architect
Since 2008, Wilco van Bragt has run his own IT consultancy with a primary focus on server-based computing, virtualization (application, OS, and server), and virtual desktop infrastructure. As a Citrix Technology Professional, Wilco specializes in Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop, Citrix Provisioning Services, and Citrix XenServer.
Independent Review of the Goliath Logon Simulator: Can You Proactively Prevent Citrix Logon Slowness & Failures with this Tool?
Any system administrator has encountered this situation at least once–arriving to the office in the morning and at the entrance you are already told that users cannot logon to Citrix. In this article, I will show you how the Goliath Logon Simulator for Citrix can proactively solve this situation. Goliath’s Logon Simulator is integrated within the Goliath Performance Monitor (GPM) suite, but is also available as a separate product. [Read more]
Goliath for NetScaler
Reviewer: Marius Sandbu, Senior Systems Engineer, Citrix Certified Administrator NetScaler 10, Citrix Certified Professional, vExpert, and Microsoft MVP
Marius Sandbu is an Oslo-based Senior Systems Engineer. Marius has an extensive list of certifications spanning from Citrix Certified Administrator to vExpert to Azure MVP. Currently, his primary focus is on Software-defined Datacenter (SDDC), the end user computing experience, and public cloud providers (Azure, vCloud Air, Citrix Workspace Cloud, and Office365).
Working with NetScaler on a daily basis I usually have a good idea when something it not working as it should or when something is plain wrong. Might also be that end-users are experiencing issues with a particular web service or that their Citrix connection stops working. All these problems need to be addressed quickly and therefore we need a tool that gives us insight into this. [Read more]
Reviewer: Kyle Davies, Citrix Certified Expert, Citrix Certified Professional, VMware Certified Associate, and Solutions Architect
Kyle Davies is a Solutions Architect based in the UK, specializing in delivering the best end user experience possible. With his background of application development, infrastructure (Storage, Compute & DC networking), virtualization and end user computing (workspace), he has a great understanding of all the components required to deliver the experience that end users desire.
At the outset of this product review, I believe it makes sense to outline why IT performance monitoring is important. Monitoring is fundamental to delivering the optimal end user experience. Unfortunately, many organisations remove it from projects when budgets become constrained. Utilising monitoring tools, such as the products provided by Goliath Technologies, provides IT with the analytics to react before the end users or divisions of a business take resolving issues into their own hands. [Read more]
Goliath Performance Monitor for VMware vSphere
Reviewer: Bilal Hashmi, VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Professional, IT Engineer, Solutions Architect, and Virtualization Consultant
Bilal Hashmi is a renowned VMware vExpert who works for a major global cloud provider. Bilal has over 13 years of experience as a solutions-oriented technologist focused on the planning and implementation of IT solutions that directly support business objectives. Bilal also holds specialized certifications like ISA, MSCITP-SA and VCP-3/4/5.
This unique monitoring solution allows you to be proactive in the management of VMware vSphere infrastructure while at the same time simplifying operations. In this review I will talk about how you can leverage the functionality and unique architecture to accomplish this dual purpose. If you’re unfamiliar with GPM for VMware vSphere it’s a single solution for providing monitoring across the 5 layers of the virtual stack including Application, OS, VM, Hypervisor & Hardware. [Read more]
Goliath’s Software Featured on the Official Citrix Blog
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