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 Rising Tide Lifts all Virtual Boats

    April 26, 2010
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    VMware, Citrix, EMC, NetApp and Intel have all reported strong earnings for Q1/2009. This suggests that virtualization is helping the technology sector lead the economy out of the recession. This trend should continue as economies improve worldwide and these vendors can start to chalk up global growth.

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    How will you pay for your virtualised applications?

    April 22, 2010
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    Does an evaluation for a virtualisation project need to be only an exercise in understanding if X hosts will on Y servers? Will you be able to to virtualize every service you deliver? Are new applications required? What are your existing service-levels and requirements across your application portfolio? In most enterprises today, IT is a…

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    Is a Partnership between VMware and Citrix Possible – or even Desirable?

    February 15, 2010
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    Let’s start this analysis with a basic question. Is there any rational reason for VMware and Citrix to make peace with each other, and develop the desktop virtualization market in concert with one another instead of in competition with each other? In other words if Citrix were to add its value to the core pieces…

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    SMBs – Desktops in the Cloud, or Symantec Endpoint Virtualization?

    February 2, 2010
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    Whilst new SMBs may be dabbling with online application suites, the bulk of the established SMB workload, however, is done in desktop applications, typically Microsoft Office, running in various flavours of Windows with a Windows Server. This is definitely not in the cloud, and there are lots of very good reasons why it won’t be,…

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    What the Numbers Tell Us About The Success of VMware

    February 1, 2010
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    On January 25th 2010 VMware reported earnings for the fourth quarter of 2009 and for the full year of 2009. While we are not a financial analysis site focused upon earnings and stock prices, there is important information contained in these earnings numbers about the success of VMware.

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    Citrix still at forefront of Mobile Device Access for VDI

    January 7, 2010
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    Citrix have released an updated version 2 of their Receiver for the iPhone, but if they are to keep ahead of the competition, is delivering VDI access to the all powerful iPhone the best device to grab a CIO's attention with?

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    VMware Buys Zimbra from Yahoo – Moves Up the Stack into Applications

    January 5, 2010
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    VMware Buys Zimbra from Yahoo – Moves Up the Stack into Applications

    If VMware buys Zimbra it will set off a a nuclear hand grenade throwing contest between Microsoft and VMware. Microsoft is trying to commoditize the layer of software where VMware makes all of its money - the hypervisor. VMware is returning the favor by using open source initiatives like SpringSource and (possibly) Zimbra to commoditize…

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    2009 In Retrospect

    December 31, 2009
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    Quite a bit has gone on in our industry in the last year. While this is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all that has occurred, we hope that we have captured the important events that have shaped virtualization and cloud computing.

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    User Installed Applications – Dream or Nightmare?

    November 20, 2009
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    A corporate desktop application installation is far from the consumer experience of adding an application to say your iPhone. What is the impact of enabling User Installed Applications in a virtualised environment - is it a compliance nightmare.

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