Login PI: Real-World Performance Insights on Virtual Desktops
Login PI is an advanced VDI performance measuring system designed to help you deliver the best possible digital experience for your virtual desktop users—maximizing worker productivity while minimizing downtime and costly business interruptions. Login PI provides a new level of actionable, in-depth insights into the quality of your VDI’s digital experience that other solutions cannot match.
Use Login PI to:
- Monitor the end user digital experience, without affecting end-user productivity
- Provide early warnings on performance, before they are experienced by end users
- Generate reports on historical data to identify trends, determine uptime, and comply with SLA requirements
How does Login PI work?
Login PI gives performance insights by simulating real users and real user tasks. The virtual user logs in and launches common applications, recording how long it takes for the tasks to complete. The system then watches for any large discrepancies in the results and can generate alerts based on those discrepancies. For example, if logging on normally takes seconds, but one day takes minutes, Login PI will notify an administrator that something is not working as expected in the environment. Login PI works in any Windows-based virtualized desktop environment including VMware Horizon, Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, and Microsoft RDS.
Maximize user experience
Anyone who has worked on a desktop virtualization project can tell you: if what you deliver to the end user doesn’t work as well as the physical desktop they’re used to, they won’t use it. Login PI makes it very easy to establish a performance baseline, and validate that the performance is within the boundaries you expect it to be.
Prevent user downtime
Login PI acts as an early warning system to IT when the end user performance of your desktop virtualization system is impacted. If a gateway or broker goes down, Login PI will detect and notify IT before users start calling the help desk. Ever have that one host that is accepting connections, but only delivering a black screen with no desktop to users? Login PI will detect and notify IT of those, too. Any scenario that prevents users from getting to their desktop and apps – WAN outages, authentication servers not available, app publishing failures – Login PI can detect and alert IT – allowing work on a fix to start before helpdesk phones start ringing.
Create and meet SLAs
The data collected by Login PI allows you to see at a glance when you have outage periods or prolonged periods of unacceptable performance. This is great for IT to show stakeholders what they’re doing to enable user productivity, and for stakeholders to validate that they’re getting the uptime they’ve been promised by IT (or the uptime they’re paying for from a desktop hosting provider).
Identify performance trends
Login PI can display charts of performance of metrics like network latency over a time period, enabling IT to identify performance trends: Are there consistent times of day or days of the week when login or app response times suffer? Do you see a general trend where login time slowly increases? Login PI helps spot those trends early so you can mitigate them.
Increase ROI on your VDI products
The insights that Login PI provides allow IT to prioritize investments. Users may complain that “VDI is slow” but Login PI reveals that it’s only the boot/startup process first thing in the morning that is slow. Instead of spending budget adding hardware, IT can focus on the process of provisioning desktops – prestaging them so users aren’t waiting on them to boot up – freeing up the budget for other projects and improving user satisfaction at the same time.
Not “Yet Another Monitoring Dashboard”
We know many IT Operations teams already have central Dashboards with the data they need to monitor, so we made it as easy as possible to integrate Login PI data and alerts into the consoles already in use. Alerts and Notifications are integrated into the Windows Event Log where they can be easily picked up by other tools. Alerts can also be sent by email, where they can be sent to the incident team directly, or to a ticketing system like ServiceNow.
PI also has a very robust API - anything you can do via the management console can also be done programmatically, so you can create dashboards, create and edit jobs, and build strong PI integration into solutions like Splunk or System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).
You can use our API to easily export your performance data into Excel or your BI tool of choice for further analysis.