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. (Read More)

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.

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

DesktopVirtualizationVMware 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. Continue reading News: Game On! VMware Horizon 6 vs. Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp 7.5

UIAs: Whatever Happened to Them?

ApplicationVirtualizationA 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 acquisition of RingCube—the list goes on. However, the actual use of UIA functionality has been limited, to say the least, and the response to it from IT departments remains frosty at best. Despite predictions that UIA requirements would become an integral part of desktop and (to a lesser extent) server virtualization projects, they seem to have quietly faded away. What happened to the UIAs?  Continue reading UIAs: Whatever Happened to Them?

An Interview with Docker

dockerLast 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 called dotCloud (the former name of the company). Private PaaS solutions were just starting to become a hot topic within the enterprise. During my interview with Solomon, I asked if they had any plans on their roadmap for addressing private PaaS requirements. Solomon answered that the demand from his customers was not yet pushing them in that direction, but that making dotCloud a private or hybrid PaaS would not be a major architectural challenge. He then described how they use containers internally and invited me to a demo the next time I was in town.

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Does Desktop Virtualization Contribute to the Decline in PC Sales?

DesktopVirtualizationWe 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 continuing decline. Could this actually be true?

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XenApp 7.5: Importance of Citrix Announcement

DesktopVirtualizationLast 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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