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Application Virtualization – The Building Block For New Desktop Delivery Models

by Chris Maher

As the industry moves from the PC era to a Cloud era, desktop virtualization is growing rapidly in popularity, accelerated further by the proliferation of new and unique consumer devices and user demands for mobility.  Changing the desktop model to a virtualized and separated set of resources (operating system, applications, and user data and settings) provides the benefit of independently managing each layer and applying it, where needed and as needed, across many technologies.  Organizations want Windows 7, virtual desktops, and session-based solutions, but they often lack the knowledge to transform their application portfolio into solutions that meet the needs of a constantly changing IT landscape. 

This is where application virtualization becomes a building block of the new desktop model.  Today IT is changing the desktop computing model, combining new operating system deployment, and enhancing with the addition of virtualization technologies. Application virtualization enables accelerated deployment, improved support, and increased flexibility, reducing the effort of implementing new technologies.  Applications are the essential resource that each user needs to be productive. 

Today IT departments are deploying Windows 7 (including 64 bit, and browser updates), building VDI infrastructures, and enhancing their session virtualization solutions.  However, these solutions all require applications that are tested, remediated, and optimized for each technology.  Application virtualization provides a solution that enables these scenarios, but with a few caveats.  These new formats have separate tools for creating packages, but they still require a deep, application-level knowledge and since existing applications are not in a virtualized format, they require the packaging of each application into a new format.  So, the problem becomes, how to take hundreds or even thousands of applications in various formats and standardize them in a common application format.

Consider Automating Application Virtualization

Application virtualization projects should focus on shifting the current application management from reactive to proactive.  The goal of automated application readiness is to take in software from any source and produce consistent packages in various formats for delivery to any device.  .  Automating application virtualization enables organizations to move towards completion of Windows 7 deployment projects, adopt VDI and session virtualization, and deliver applications in a user-centric solution. 

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