login vsi company logo login vsi company logo 250x40
  • Home
  • Blog
  • High Volume Risk: How to avoid desktop virtualization outages during peak load

High Volume Risk: How to avoid desktop virtualization outages during peak load

High Volume Risk: How to avoid desktop virtualization outages during peak load

High load testing represent a challenge to both product development teams and to IT as highlighted by last week’s outages at the NYSE, United Airlines and the WSJ. Industry best practice is to load test all software updates, and infrastructure at peak volumes to understand behavior and be certain of scalability. But in reality, this investment is typically weighed against the likelihood of an outage and is not fully committed to, or the proper time cannot be allocated to thorough, continuous, full load testing. The NYSE, United Airlines, and the WSJ are all large enterprises with significant resources to commit; so why did these public outages occur?

IT complexity

Product development teams and IT do their best with the resources they have to successfully test and deploy. Many methods are in use today, and these methods encompass the full gamut of the testing life cycle - smoke, functional, systems integration, regression, user acceptance, etc. But today’s systems are complex with an inordinate number of moving parts; parts which may be shared and whose behavior under peak load needs to be understood prior to production release. This is true for any production system, including those that are virtualized. Under duress, updates to some of these moving parts may be made outside of standard operating procedures, introducing risk to systems stability, especially under load. Peak load testing is needed to avoid the duress scenario.

Load testing

Our Login VSI product is used by 95% of Desktop Virtualization hardware and software vendors because it allows for setting up a peak load easily through virtual users and synthetic workloads, rapid test cycles and delivery of results, and provides a view into performance from the end user perspective. It’s used in the largest enterprise VDI implementations in the world to measure performance against peak loads and to continuously test the behavior and impact of software and infrastructure updates.

Production

Finally, production code and infrastructure is instrumented as a best practice to understand behavior so that proactive management of system components can occur, avoiding outages. I believe that Login PI provides the same function for production VDI. It provides an early warning system from the end user perspective and will alert you to looming performance issues so that you can proactively address these issues before the help desk lights up.

Avoid outages

I believe we can help any VDI implementation be more successful by playing a role in thorough and regular load testing, and also in providing production performance insights from the end user perspective (this blog about the VDI lifecycle explains how to guarantee the best performance in every stage of a VDI environment). Let us help you avoid an outage to your user community due to peak load.

Tags: Login VSI, Login PI, Monitoring, Load Testing

Popular Blogs

Windows Virtual Desktop - Update - December 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop Enhanced in the Latest Update

A lot has already been written about WVD in the last months. And while I had my initial concerns on this service many people are suggesting that they are willing to move to a platform like WVD in the next two years. Continue Reading
[Press Release] IGEL Expands Alliance with Login VSI; Integrates Login Enterprise into IGEL OS 11.03

[Press Release] IGEL Expands Alliance with Login VSI

Integrating Login Enterprise into IGEL OS 11.03 The combined solution enables IT organizations to leverage their IGEL infrastructure to continuously test the performance and availability of virtual and cloud workspaces. Continue Reading
Login VSI - Press Release - Login VSI Releases Login Enterprise 4.0

[Press Release] Login VSI Releases Login Enterprise 4.0

Login VSI Releases Login Enterprise 4.0 New Application Load Testing Functionality Maximizes End-User Experience Continue Reading
Login VSI and Ymor Form Partnership to Deliver Performance Improvement to Business-Critical Applications

[Press Release] Login VSI and Ymor Form Partnership to Deliver Performance Improvement to Business-Critical Applications

The partnership offers a total solution for enterprise organizations to monitor and test business-critical applications from end-to-end via VDI or in the Cloud. Ymor offers various monitoring solutions, used to test and monitor the performance of critical business chains from end-to-end. In VDI environments, Ymor can now offer the monitoring solutions of Login VSI. Continue Reading
How Using a Virtual User can Quantify the Performance of SAP and Citrix

How Using a Virtual User can Quantify the Performance of SAP and Citrix

When interacting with enterprise applications, the user experience is important. Users must be able to smoothly and efficiently interact with the application to be productive and achieve the goals of the enterprise. The applications are expected to be responsive, dependable, and consistent in their presentation. Continue Reading
Login VSI - Blog - 4 Things to Consider when Running Office 365 in the Cloud

4 Things to Consider when Running Office 365 in the Cloud

Recently a customer decided to move their entire VDI infrastructure into the cloud. The VDI environment was approximately 20,000 users. As you can imagine there are a lot of design decisions necessary to ensure the success of this migration. Continue Reading