Ulteo has taken advantage of the Guacamole project’s Open Source RDP client technology to provide a native HTML5 client for the Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop (OVD) presentation virtualization solution for Windows and/or Linux desktops, which we recently reviewed.
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Numecent, a new application virtualisation company, sprang out stealth mode brandishing a whole new lexicon. The “end device” is the “start device”. The future of application delivery lies with “Cloudpaging”.
You’ll be regularly assailed with marketing claiming to be the new brave generation and paradigm shift in computing. Mainframe veterans smile politely at the server virtualisation guys, possibly quite rightly pointing out that they were indeed doing all this stuff before some people were born and when 640K was properly more than you could ever dream of. What this tends to result in is the standard setting for the BS meter to be “stun”.
And yet, the difficulty in having become accustomed to the wolf rarely being present is that you believe the wolf will never show up.
Never say never.
Numecent believe Cloudpaging has the potential to impact all connected devices where software needs to be delivered rapidly and securely. Is Cloudpaging just a fancy marketing term for a re-branded application virtualisation or have Numecent delivered a ground breaking new application delivery technology?
One day, perhaps, all applications may be delivered within a web browser with back end services offered in the Cloud. One day, perhaps, there will a single web standard that each and every web browser adheres to. One day, perhaps, a web browser platform will offer the rich user interface and controls that a more traditional desktop OS can provide without a raft of add-ons and controls. However, as we mentioned in our article on The Rise of Application Operations and the Role for Next Generation APM Solutions the reality is that custom developed applications have been developed in countless different ways ranging from FoxPro and dBase, to Visual Basic, C, C++, MFC, COM+.
This causes an issue for ISVs who have products developed using such technologies. How can they meet their customers’ demands to deliver the application to a wider range of devices; to charged for the application using a Software-as-a-Service model; indeed, to reduce the complexity and lead time for application delivery that is often associated with a traditional application that has to be installed locally within a client operating system. Moreover, is it possible to provide support and delivery of applications that require specific operating environment components as customers move to Windows 7 and beyond?
To attempt to resolve these requirements, Ericom Software have announced Ericom AccessCloud – a new initiative aimed at facilitating the adoption of Cloud-hosted services, including Software as a Service (SaaS), multi-tenancy, and billing and automatic provisioning solutions, by ISVs and cloud-hosting companies.
Ericom Software have announced a number of solutions to allow organisations to deliver VDI access to a wider range of devices. Ericom joined a number of other vendors such as 2x, Citrix and Quest, in offering a free mobile client – AccessToGo – which is available on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android tablets and phones. AccessToGo supports RDP and VMware View, but also Ericom’s Blaze RDP accelerator and Ericom’s own PowerTerm WebConnect client.
Perhaps more importantly, Ericom have also announced the general availability of their patent-pending HTML5 client, AccessNow. AccessNow provides web-based access to a range of RDP based virtual desktop solutions – be they hosted desktops such as VMware View or session based desktops in Microsoft’s Terminal Services/RDS.
I have to admit that it came as a bit of a surprise to see Ericom beating Citrix, VMware, et al to the punch last week by shipping the beta release of its HTML5-based RDP client, before any of the bigger vendors opened up their offerings to public scrutiny. I’ll be looking at the operation of Ericom’s HTML5 client in more depth next week, but first we need to understand why anyone would be interested in deploying a HTML5-based remote desktop client at all.