One of the coolest things I learned at VMworld last month was that LoginVSI is planning to create a sort of monitoring tool that will be, hands-down, exactly what's we've been needing for the past 15 years. I can't wait!
You probably know LoginVSI from their namesake tool that lets you run simulated sessions on VDI or RDSH servers to test how many users you can get on a particular server. (We like the LoginVSI product so much that we named it as a finalist for the Best of VMworld 2014 awards in the desktop and EUC category.)
Their new product (unnamed that this point) will essentially let you run a LoginVSI session in simulation mode which can then report real time speed results to your monitoring tool! I LOVE this because it's not based on perfmon counter metrics, rather, it's based on how long actual real world tasks take. This is awesome because if (for example), Word is taking a long time to open a document, I don't care what my metrics say—I just care that I have a problem somewhere that I need to fix. (And the flip side to that is true too. If I have all sorts of perfmon counters in the red but my user sessions are humming along fine, I don't have a problem.)
What's cool with LoginVSI's plans is that they are NOT planning on becoming a monitoring vendor. They're just going to use LoginVSI to instrument real world session performance, and then you can roll that up to your existing monitoring and reporting tool. (System Center, Lakeside Software, Xangati, whatever...)
I talked to Jeroen van de Kamp about this last week at the show. (Actually, he told me about it and I was like, "Wait! This is amazing! Let me go find Justin and come back with the camera."
hmm... for some reason I can't get the video to embed. Here's the direct link to it: http://bcove.me/znfnu3ws
Now... what should they call this thing? Any suggestions?