GSX Blog

How to: Measure the performance impact of Meltdown security patch

Posted by Gregoire Lecomte on Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Intel just exposed a major vulnerability in the x64 processor family. As a consequence, Microsoft will deliver a driver update in the next few days.

Today different forum experts forecast between 5 to 40% of degradation "depending on the task and processor model." Already patched Linux systems show more than 50% of degradation. The patch may have important consequences on environments and user experience.

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Tags: Office 365, Office 365 monitoring, Security, office 365 security, SysAdmin Top Issues, office 365 health, office 365 performance, fixing office 365

Top Office 365 Issues: Network Latency issues

Posted by Pavan Reddy on Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Whenever a user complains about slowness in accessing a mailbox, IT administrators often suspect it’s due to an issue with the network. Still, they don’t always have enough information to confirm this.

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Tags: Office 365, Exchange Online, Office 365 monitoring, SysAdmin Top Issues, office 365 health, office 365 performance, fixing office 365

Digital Experience Monitoring and the New Governance of the Cloud

Posted by Antoine Leboyer on Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The painting on the wall is clear: the growth of the cloud is a new driver of innovation and projects worldwide. Cloud computing started as a way to improve servers, initially used for development purposes and startups wanting to avoid unnecessary expenses. When IT departments realized the ability for cloud deployments to scale, the cloud became an attractive value proposition. This has allowed IT departments to refocus on value-added tasks, rather than spending days patching servers at data centers.

Much like Google once accelerated learning by popularizing search technology, cloud computing is now accelerating the adoption of new innovations. For example, Artificial Intelligence APIs are now ready for integration into cloud-based platforms.

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Tags: Cloud, Hybrid Monitoring, Hybrid cloud monitoring, Governance, Exchange, APM, Office 365 monitoring, End user Experience, office 365 performance, DEM, Digital experience monitoring

ExpressRoute & Office 365 performance - GSX Puts Rumors to the Test

Posted by Clementine Crozier on Fri, Dec 15, 2017

There are many contradictory rumors surrounding ExpressRoute.
Many believe that ExpressRoute can make mailboxes move significantly faster, while others think that ExpressRoute can make Microsoft Exchange Online slower since it was designed to improve security. Still others believe that ExpressRoute improves overall Office 365 performance.

So what really is ExpressRoute and what are its limitations?

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Tags: Hybrid Monitoring, Hybrid, Hybrid cloud monitoring, Office 365 monitoring, End user Experience, office 365 performance, DEM, ExpressRoute, Azure ExpressRoute

GSX’s new assessment gives clear insights into Office 365 experience

Posted by Clementine Crozier on Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Providing the best possible experience to your end-users should be the goal of any IT department. Ultimately, the user experience is what separates a productive, profitable company from a frustrated and inefficient one. At GSX, we understand the end-user experience more than anyone, and continue to build products that help IT administrators be the heroes instead of the scapegoats. 

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Tags: Hybrid cloud monitoring, Office 365, Office 365 monitoring, End user Experience, office 365 reporting, office 365 performance, Office 365 Assessment

How GSX displays and analyzes the Office 365 end-user experience

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

At GSX we spend our time trying to make your life easier. For that, we’ve developed the only technology that is able to measure the end-user experience of your Office 365 full cloud or hybrid deployment.

We’ve seen in a recent post how the GSX Robot User constantly performs actions on Office 365 services and the Microsoft on-premises server (for hybrid deployment) and then collects its performance statistics to give you clarity on the services that are really delivered.

In this post we will explain how to read the PowerBI dashboard that we build from the statistics we collect. You can access some of the dashboard we created for our customers on this page.

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Tags: hybrid cloud, Cloud, GSX Robot User, End user Experience, office 365 reporting, office 365 performance, Office 365 Hybrid, PowerBI Dashboard, PowerBI

How GSX measures the end-user experience in Office 365 hybrid deployment

Posted by Jean-Francois Piot on Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Office 365 provides the best collaborative SaaS solution on the market. Keep in mind that a Microsoft SLA is only valid within a Microsoft datacenter. Once outside it, and without the GSX Robot User User, you have no data and hence no visibility into the quality of the service delivered to the end-user.

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Tags: GSX Robot User, Hybrid Monitoring, Hybrid, Hybrid cloud monitoring, Office 365 monitoring, cloud migration, End user Experience, office 365 performance, DEM

Public Sector is accelerating transition to Hybrid Cloud

Posted by Juliette Ollagnier on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

The United States government is starting to take its own technology infrastructure more seriously, increasing its focus on security and efficiency by moving away from outdated IT systems. Next year, the federal technology budget could increase by up to $1.6 billion, to a total of $95.7 billion a year. The U.S. government plans to move agencies off of legacy IT systems that are eating up budgets, and onto more secure, cloud-based systems.

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Tags: Hybrid Monitoring, Hybrid, public cloud, Hybrid cloud monitoring, Office 365 monitoring, cloud migration, End user Experience, office 365 performance, DEM

The Truth Remains- User Experience is Everything

Posted by Juliette Ollagnier on Tue, Oct 03, 2017

Hybrid scenarios are complex, involving both on-premises and cloud components. How many people truly know about what it takes to integrate platforms, what exchange migration is, or how to even really define the cloud?

Whether or not businesses are educated in these everyday solutions, complexities will always show up and come second to improving the product sets ease of use.

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Tags: APM, Office 365 monitoring, End user Experience, office 365 performance, DEM, Office 365 Experience

Navigating User Expectations in a New Office 365 Hybrid World

Posted by Juliette Ollagnier on Tue, Sep 26, 2017


As technology changes, so does user experiences and expectations. The technology shift from computer mainframes to cloud computing brought about a host of new challenges for IT administrators to manage; and how we handle end users’ complaints must be carefully considered within the scope of how the technology has changed.

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Tags: application performance management, application performance monitoring, APM, Office 365 monitoring, End user Experience, office 365 performance, outlook slow, DEM, Office 365 Hybrid