Everyone involved in publishing applications to corporate desktops knows of at least one well-established application that’s difficult to manage within an otherwise well-ordered environment.
Here are 5 key “problem app” scenarios:
- Old 32-bit applications that don’t run natively on 64-bit OS such as Windows 7, forcing IT to roll out Windows 7 in 32-bit compatibility mode. In some cases, these conflicts halt upgrades from XP altogether;
- Existing applications that conflict with newer ones (especially where 32-bit and 64-bit apps need to coexist on a single desktop);
- Apps which must be locally installed and therefore cause issues with deployment into state-less/non-persistent VDI or the use of shared session remote desktops like XenApp;
- Web apps that are dependant upon older browser releases and their add-ons/desktop components, which then conflict with current browser configurations;
- Apps published using server-based computing, that are very expensive to deploy and/or because local integrations simply don’t work;
Most IT organisations look to Application Virtualization to address application issues in these areas, but many apps are too complex, or have too many integration points, to be successfully virtualized.
How can “problem apps” be tamed?
In Gartner’s IT Market Clock for Client Computing, 2014. (Analysis by Federica Troni and Michelle A. Brosnahan, published on 2nd September, 2014) a new category of “Cloud Application Virtualization” was created.
According to the report, “Cloud Application Virtualization offers many of the advantages of other application virtualization techniques and further improves IT agility by allowing applications to be delivered quickly or even to self-provision via application stores without installation on the device”. The authors further comment that: “Cloud Application Virtualization can decrease the time to deploy applications by reducing packaging complexity and application conflicts typically experienced using traditional Windows installer packaging.
With cloud application virtualization, secure delivery is optimised over public internet”, making the point that, for the first time, application service can be natively delivered from public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure.
The exciting news is that Cloudhouse were recognized by Gartner as providers of Cloud Application Virtualization technologies! Our technology can virtualize any Windows application, including client/server apps to enable Enterprise IT organizations to deploy any application to any desktop and manage centrally whilst also being able to run on modern operating systems and remote deployment environments, such as the Cloud.
We simply believe you should never have to install a Windows application ever again and that app conflicts should be banished forever. In fact, Cloudhouse makes publishing an application to a corporate desktop as simple as downloading an app to your phone.
Author: Donna Cooper, Cloudhouse Technologies Limited
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