Here's some news. Load testing on Citrix is still a pain in the ass.
Citrix is attempting to round out that chasm of product functionality with a new product called "Edgesight for Load Testing". Actually to say that it's a new product is a fat lie. Like many other products (Edgesight included) Citrix just bought up a company and slapped their logo on their product. So in addition to the name being completely lame, it's also incorrect. This product is in no way related to Edgesight. No doubt future integration is planned, but for now it has about as much to do with Edgesight as notepad does.
According to the press release found here:
"Citrix EdgeSight for Loading Testing 2.5 will be available on June 25, 2007, and suggested retail pricing starts at $7,500. Citrix EdgeSight for NetScaler is available as part of the Citrix NetScaler 8.0 Platinum Edition."
In other words, this shit ain't cheap.
Unless of course you found some way to get a license for some kind of discount.
Recently I took a class on Edgesight 4.5, specifically CTX-1800AI. It's a moderately interesting course, but the cool part is that you get a demo license for Edgesight for Load Testing. So what? Well.. the "demo" license you get is good for 2 years! 2 friggin years! What the hell were these guys thinking?
So why pay 7500 for a product when you can get the same product for around 1200 and some change? Just take the course and conduct a very extensive demo of the product. I think most people would agree that two years is adequate to make a determination as to whether or not you actually want to go forward and pay the full licensing cost.