Application Virtualization

Application Virtualization covers application layering and application delivery approaches like streaming applications, and local application virtualization. Infrastructure as a Service focuses upon isolating the operating system from its underlying hardware and allowing multiple instances of operating systems to share that underlying hardware. Application Virtualization focuses upon isolating application from their underlying operating systems.|This make it unnecessary to install applications into operating systems, makes it easier to update new versions of applications, and breaks the dependencies between versions of applications and the specific versions of operating systems. Popular application virtualization offerings include Microsoft App-V, VMware ThinApp, and the XenApp Plugin for Hosted and Streaming applications.

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    Winds of Change: What Does Horizon 6 Mean for Microsoft and Citrix?

    April 14, 2014
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    DesktopVirtualization

    At first glance, it looks like VMware’s recently announced Horizon 6 platform is an admission by VMware that applications, rather than desktops, do matter, and that Citrix has been on the right track all along. Certainly, XenApp has been a thorn in the side of many VMware View implementations through the years, allowing people to…

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    News: Game On! VMware Horizon 6 vs Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.5

    April 10, 2014
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    DesktopVirtualization

    VMware announced its new Horizon 6 product yesterday.  The key new aspect of this offering is the addition of published application functionality, meaning that Horizon now competes directly with Citrix XenApp in addition to XenDesktop.

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    UIAs: Whatever Happened to Them?

    April 1, 2014
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    ApplicationVirtualization

    A couple of years ago, UIAs (user-installed applications) were all the rage. AppSense had a product called StrataApps (and you can do it in Application Manager also), RES has native functionality that allows this, Unidesk can do it (admittedly in a slightly different way with its layering technology), Citrix was pushing Personal vDisk with its…

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    An Interview with Docker

    March 20, 2014
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    docker

    Last week, I interviewed Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker. I first met Solomon back in January of 2013 when I was interviewing executives in Silicon Valley. At the time, I was  researching PaaS solutions for my recently released book, Architecting the Cloud. Back then, the company had a very promising public PaaS solution…

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    Platinum Glitter: XenApp 7.5 Platinum

    March 11, 2014
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    ApplicationVirtualization

    As part of the XenApp 7.5 release, Citrix will include AppDNA with the Platinum edition. When considering the new version, some may be questioning the key benefits of XenApp 7.5 Platinum and comparing them with the package value-add that had been incorporated into XenApp 6.x Platinum.

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    Does Desktop Virtualization Contribute to the Decline in PC Sales?

    March 6, 2014
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    DesktopVirtualization

    We are constantly reminded that the PC market is contracting, crashing, fading out of existence. There are many possible reasons behind the hard statistics, ranging from global recession to the aberrational removal of the Start Menu in Windows 8. Some, however, argue that the prevalence of desktop virtualization projects is also a factor in this…

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    XenApp 7.5: Importance of Citrix Announcement

    February 5, 2014
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    DesktopVirtualization

    Last week, Citrix announced the release of XenApp 7.5, which will be available in March. Although the touted features focus on mobility and cloud integration, there’s a key underlying message within this announcement: “Long live virtualized applications and XenApp as a product!”

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    AppSense DesktopNow: Deployment without the Overheads

    January 22, 2014
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    ApplicationVirtualization

    AppSense DesktopNow remains one of the leaders in the User State Virtualization market, an important consideration for those deploying non-persistent virtualized desktops and SBC solutions. Besides the deployment of desktop settings and personalization, it also offers application management, user rights management, performance management, and a raft of other features around data and mobility.

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    Citrix Solved the vGPU Problem, So…Where Is the Parade?

    January 9, 2014
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    DesktopVirtualization

    In March 2013, Citrix announced they had GPU sharing working and available for XenApp (multi-user/RDS). In December 2013, they announced it was available for XenDesktop (multi-OS/VDI). This has been a major barrier to adoption for many companies that need the ability to deliver a high-end multimedia experience to their end users in order to gain…

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