If vendors had their way, there would be one management tool for every IT product sold. If IT organizations had their way, there would be one management tool to rule them all. Making a significant step in the latter direction, Xangati today unveiled an update to its management platform that adds support for both virtual and web applications alongside converged infrastructure platforms and virtual machines from Microsoft.
Xangati CTO Jagan Jagannathan says that, in general, IT organizations are clearly looking for IT infrastructure management tools that are more aware of the application environment that runs on top of them. To that end, version 12 of Xangati Product Suite XSR12 now includes support for XenApp and XenDesktop desktop virtualization software from Citrix as well as integration with Citrix Netscaler AppFlow software to provide insights into Web application performance via an XSR12 Web App Dashboard.
On the other side of the management spectrum, the latest Xangati release adds native support for Cisco Unified Computing Systems and the FlexPod variant of those systems sold by NetApp.
Finally, Xangati is adding support for Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines alongside existing support for VMware.
Jagannathan says that as the IT environment becomes more complex, IT organizations are wasting too much time in “war rooms” trying to identify the source of a particular problem. The latest release of Xangati, says Jagannathan, is designed to give IT organizations more visibility into how infrastructure issues are affecting end-user experiences with certain classes of applications.
There may never be one management tool to rule every aspect of enterprise IT. But trying to correlate IT events across multiple dashboards from different vendors to ascertain how end users are being affected by a particular infrastructure issue usually takes longer than fixing the problem once it is discovered. Gain back all the time spent discovering rather than fixing the problem and the IT organization would suddenly have a lot more time on its hands to add more meaningful value back to the business.