Visibility to Support Desktop Assessment & Monitoring
The Stratusphere solution comprises both Stratusphere FIT to support the assessment and design of a desktop transformation; and Stratusphere UX, to support user experience monitoring, performance validation and diagnostics. Together, these functions provide the visibility required to make a seamless move to next-generation desktops. More detailed information can be found in Stratusphere Architecture Whitepaper.
To that end, Stratusphere employs an architecture comprised of a few key elements:
- Stratusphere Hub Appliance -- delivered as a virtual appliance, this component serves as the central management, policy distribution, data collection, reporting and alerting system for Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX. The main interface is accessed through a standard web browser, and the virtual appliance also has a command line console for appliance setup and administration. In addition, the Stratusphere Hub provides a rich and extensible application programming interface (API) for use to extend metrics and information, create custom and ad hoc reporting, build analysis tools … and much, much!
- Stratusphere Database Appliance -- when scalability is needed, this component extends the storage capabilities of Stratusphere, providing a central data storage option. This appliance is used for high performance architectures whenever a larger number of desktop are deployed. The Stratusphere Hub Appliance saves all received data into the database appliance.
- Stratusphere Network Stations -- deployed as a virtual appliance to support Stratusphere UX, Stratusphere Network Stations provide for network visibility within the Stratusphere architecture. These components are typically deployed one per virtual host, where virtual desktops or multi-session application servers reside. Connected into the virtual switch and configured for passive monitoring, Stratusphere Network Stations track network latency, network application response times as well as bandwidth consumption.
- Connector ID Keys -- these small-footprint software agents are installed on physical or virtual machines to gather endpoint configuration and performance data. Used for both Stratusphere FIT and Stratusphere UX, these keys add tracking information to network connections, which enables detailed monitoring of network latency, response times and bandwidth consumption per machine and per user.
- Microsoft Active Directory and VMware vCenter Server -- while not a formal part of the Stratusphere architecture, these optional components provide imported details on user group definition and supporting infrastructure that are used by Stratusphere in reporting, alerting and filtering.