CitraTest VU
Performance & Load Testing for all Citrix and
Terminal Services Environments
CitraTest VU

Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) is a protocol developed by Citrix which determines a specification for exchange of data from the server to the client. Tevron’s CitraTest VU is an ideal solution for ICA load testing. CitraTest VU has a simple functionality that helps administrators identify performance bottlenecks before applications are delivered to the production environment and hence is preferred load modeling solution for ICA load testing.

For ICA load testing, CitraTest VU:

  • Generates 100% realistic load modeling scenarios with varying number of "virtual users" by using automated scripts to copy real user activity in the actual client GUI
  • Monitors and records server performance metrics
  • Measures end to end application response metrics from the real users point of view under different levels of virtual user activity
How is ICA load testing done using CitraTest VU?

Instead of the usual production server environments, CitraTest VU enables IT professionals to create and run an actual user replica. It generates multiple users load against server environment under test while actively measuring response time and system metrics. While these tests are run, no software is installed in the production environment making this a "real world" test.

CitraTest VU uses an advanced and intelligent “image recognition” tool to duplicate transactions from the real user’s perspective. It measures and reports end to end response time. This makes it an ideal tool for automating real user activity within any server-based computing client interface. CitraTest VU can intelligently and consistently generate virtual user activity in the Citrix client interfaces or Microsoft TS/RDP client interfaces with this unique “image recognition” tool. CitraTest VU is the only test automation solution for Citrix that replicates real user activity using the actual client connection GUI, without installing any software in the production environment, just like a real user. CitraTestVU is hence the preferred ICA load testing solution for most IT professionals.

CitraTest VU's image recognition logic allows intelligent "synchronization" and persistence in load test scripts. Other tools rely on time delays between each step and their scripts quickly fail as the environment is stressed and end to end response time increases.

CitraTest VU’s dynamic image recognition is automatically built into the script logic. No additional scripting is required to add image verification intelligence. It does not require that windows and images be displayed at the same location during each test playback. CitraTest APM runs on the client machine and is virtually non-intruding, adding no burden to the client connection performance.

Besides ICA load testing, CitraTest VU is also used for Citrix load testing, MetaFrame load testing, XenServer load testing, RDP load testing, Terminal Services load testing etc.