One of the greatest advantages of the growing influx of cloud based solutions is the opportunity to move IT to be service oriented. The ability to take advantage of consumption based models for everything from infrastructure all the way through software subscriptions frees up substantial time that would otherwise be spent with complex and expensive provisioning and management tasks. More and more IT organizations are taking advantage of various cloud services providers to make their lives easier, and this has created a wide set of different, potentially disconnected data sources that can be difficult to unify and report across. Lakeside sees this as a fantastic opportunity not only to tie together all of the various data feeds and tracking areas necessary to understand all of the service provider performance and usage, but to also expand into offering SysTrack as a service as well. This provides a simple way to generate consistent reporting using a system of record that’s been proven across millions of endpoints with the ease of a simple subscription. This is why the SysTrack Desktop Assessment (SDA) has been expanded to provide continuing collection after the assessment, allowing the use of SysTrack through the lifespan of a transformation and beyond.
The introduction of the SDA service in conjunction with VMware has been a resounding success, and so far through that offering we’ve helped with analysis and reporting across many thousands of endpoints. With all of this activity, a resounding request that we’ve received time and time again is to provide access to this data collection throughout the lifespan of a project, and I’m happy to announce that this is now available through a subscription to SysTrack Cloud Edition for vCloud Air. Basically if you want to keep your collection going to show how your end user experience evolves with the solutions you implement, and if you want to have meaningful, quantitative methods to resolve any end user problems that may arise, it’s as simple as continuing your SDA project indefinitely. There’s no need to provision heavy on premises infrastructure, you'll continue to use the interface you're familiar with, and the solution will ramp up with you as your needs evolve. We're also introducing some newer features that expand the value of SysTrack in the cloud and bridge the gap between a full on premises deployment and cloud based SysTrack.
You’ll now have access to tools like Resolve through the use of our simple SysTrack Forwarder (an easily deployed proxy service), as well as our Image Planner. That means that the full life cycle of a project can now be assessed, planned, and tracked continuously using the same toolset for fair and accurate comparison and analysis. With that it’s simple to prove that you’ve succeeded in optimizing your environment with real insight into the end user experience improvements you get with your transformation.
To see how easy it is to get started (if you haven't already), why not register today? Just head to the registration site and start a new project. It’s simple and straightforward to begin the data collection, and, if you like the depth and quality of environmental visibility you gain, now it’s simple to keep that collection going as long as you need it.
Ben Murphy is the Director of Product at Lakeside Software. At Lakeside, he's led integrations for various solutions, including Windows Virtual Desktop, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, NVIDIA GPUs, and ServiceNow ITSM augmentation. With a decade of experience in end-user computing, he's also had the opportunity to share knowledge with IT leaders at industry events, leading sessions at Microsoft Ignite, Citrix Synergy, and VMworld.