I'm here at iForum Edinburgh, and when I woke up this morning, I was planning on having an article all about Citrix EdgeSight on the website before the US East Coast had their morning coffee.
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...Then I went to the EdgeSight session here.
Citrix announced (I'll call it "released" when I see the bits on the website) EdgeSight 4.5 (the current version is EdgeSight 4.2), which is the first Citrix-y version of EdgeSight. Version 4.2 was pretty much a find & replace effort to replace "Reflectent" with "Citrix" in the software and documentation.
What I saw gave me a little bit more hope for the future of EdgeSight, and made some of the things I was going to write about irrelevant. Don't get me wrong - there are still some steps that need to be taken, but the overall experience appears to be a bit more pleasurable.
Among the announced new features of EdgeSight 4.5 are:
- Full x64 support for Presentation Servers and endpoints
- Full Vista endpoint support
- More presentation server metrics (more info on these to follow)
- Real Time and Alert dashboards to provide an at-a-glance view of the environment (Think RM, but with EdgeSight granularity and drill-down capabilities)
- My favorite - You can now peer into the logon process and see exactly how long each phase of the logon process is taking. Those of you with the two minute logons should be pretty happy about that!
Also announced along side of EdgeSight 4.5 is the new EdgeSight for Load Testing version 2.5. Originally called TLoad and made by Scotland's own thinGenius, EdgeSight for Load Testing is the newest (first?) addition to the EdgeSight grouping of products.
EdgeSight for Load Testing claims to enable single button recording of user activity, which can then be scripted against and played back to simulate load. The product simulates infrastructure conditions such as network performance and WAN connections.
Stay tuned for more info on the latest version of EdgeSight. If I learn more this week, I'll post it here. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for a write-up about EdgeSight and my experiences with it in the next few weeks.