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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A Perfect Storm in Availability and Performance Monitoring

February 25, 2011
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The right approach to monitoring a virtual or cloud based environment is to start with a clean sheet of paper, determine your requirements, and assemble a horizontally layered solution out of best of class vendor solutions that address each layer. Vendors should be evaluated on their mastery of one or more layers, their ability to…

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The Beginning of the the End of the Era of Windows?

February 16, 2011
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While we may well be on the road towards VMware becoming the layer of software that talks to the hardware in the data center - removing Microsoft from that role, this is not the end of Windows. If Windows were just an OS, it would be severely threatened VMware insertion into the data center stack.…

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Browsium Release Candidate available: time to put Internet Explorer Virtualization issues to bed?

February 4, 2011
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Application Virtualization allows users to use potentially conflicting software in the same workspace. Towards the end of 2010 there was a great deal of discussion about the complexity of using application virtualization to finally let corporations end their dealings with the recalcitrant Internet Explorer 6. In Virtualizing Internet Explorer: Microsoft takes the ball home and…

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Ericom welcomes the desktop virtualization year with new release

January 12, 2011
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Ericom has has won the race to deliver the first new product release of the "Year of Desktop Virtualization" with the launch of Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect 5.7. WebConnect (sorry Ericom, but "PowerTerm WebConnect 5.7" takes too much space on the page to type out every time) is Ericom's answer to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop, plus…

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Will Scale Out Architectures Revolutionize Virtualization and the Cloud?

January 11, 2011
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Given that vSphere provides significant benefits in terms of cost savings and business agility, those benefits are tied to and constrained by the ability of vSphere to provide backward compatibility with existing legacy enterprise systems. This backward compatibility makes it impossible for vSphere to provide infinite horizontal scalability. Moving to the same architecture as the…

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Application Virtualization or Application Deployment, which one is better? (Part V)

December 16, 2010
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Taking a look at solutions from Citrix, Endeavours Technologies, InstallFree, Microsoft, Spoon, Symantec, UniDesk and VMWare. "Is it a choice between Application Delivery vs Application Virtualization?"

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Browsium crafts lifeline for IE 6 users

December 6, 2010
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Browsium crafts lifeline for IE 6 users

Startup Browsium, is readying a lifeline for enterprise IT organizations that moving to Windows 7 but unable to escape their addiction to Internet Explorer 6. The Washington DC-based startup staffed by ex-Microsoft employees is planning to release UniBrows an add-on for Internet Explorer 8 that lets customers access IE6 dependent web apps from the now…

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Virtualizing Internet Explorer: Microsoft Takes The Ball and Goes Home

November 26, 2010
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There is great outrage to Microsoft's reluctance to play ball and support virtualization of IE. Without an alternative, the solutions offered by Microsoft are expensive, cumbersome and difficult to maintain. Virtualising the application may well allow different browser versions to co-exist - but the user-experience can be cumbersome with links to other applications not always…

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Application Virtualization or Application Deployment, which one is better? (Part IV)

November 17, 2010
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Application Deployment solutions reduce the cost of delivering applications and help you manage license use? With the end of support for Windows XP happening in 2014 many businesses are moving towards Windows 7 - ideally this inevitable cost is kept low. Application Virtualization can be used on 'traditional' desktops and laptops. Application Virtualization can be…

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