Application Virtualization Software
Application Virtualization Overview
What is Application Virtualization Software?
The concept of virtualization generally refers to separating the logical from the physical, and that is at the heart of application virtualization too. Application virtualization means running an application on a machine, which does not actually have the application, installed. Instead, the application resides on a virtual machine on a server in a different location and using the operating system of that remote server. Access to the application by the end user is over a LAN or WAN.
The advantages of this approach to accessing application software are that any incompatibility problems between the local machine’s operating system and the application are irrelevant, since the user’s machine is not actually using it’s own operating system.
Application virtualization, by decoupling the applications from the hardware on which they run has many advantages such as maintaining a standard cost-effective operating system configuration across multiple machines by isolating applications from their local operating systems. There are additional cost advantages like saving on license costs, and greatly reducing the need for support services to maintain a healthy computing environment.
This concept is similar but not identical to cloud computing which has some additional features like automatic capacity provisioning.
Application Virtualization Features & CapabilitiesAmong the most important application virtualization features are:
- Support for a wide range of applications and application types
- Capable of delivering to a wide variety of endpoints with few restrictions such as driver management, etc.
- Ease of deployment
- Ease of packaging applications into a single executable
- Access control through authentication, IP address etc.
Application Virtualization Products
XenApp from Citrix is software for application virtualization, specifically for deploying needed WIndows apps across a host of devices, providing compatibility and mobile accessibility to a team of users.
Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS, formerly 2X RAS), is application virtualization technology, billed as a solution to extend the life of legacy OS (like Windows XP) with its virtual desktop for any device. Maltese company 2X Software developed the technology, but was acquired by...
VMware ThinApp is application virtualization software allowing legacy web applications to run on newer OSs, post-migration, also for running apps across a variety of devices (e.g. flash drives, locked-down computers, etc.) for accessibility and security.
Microsoft App-V supports the virtualization of applications, making them available to end users without an installation.
CeedoClient from Israeli software company Ceedo supports application virtualization for enterprises or personal use, essentially allowing apps to run without installation.
HyperService Platform from San Francisco based company NextAxiom is software for application virtualization.
DxEnterprise is container management and clustering software for Microsoft SQL Server.
Micro Focus offers Desktop Containers (formerly Novell Application Virtualization which was acquired by Micro Focus in April 2015), which is dedicated to deploying Windows applications in a secure, conflict-free containerized fashion. The application is available as a standalone solution or as part...
Evalaze is an application virtualization offering from German company Dögel.
Symantec Workspace Streaming is part of the Symantec Endpoint Management family of products, for virtualization of applications and cross-platform support, as well as license and application upgrade management.
Inuvika OVD Enterprise is a virtualized application delivery platform. It delivers Windows and Linux apps in a single user interface. Users can access their apps through OVD native clients on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android and Chromebook devices, or devices that support HTML5 browsers. The...
NComputing vSpace is virtual desktop and application virtualization technology from global company nComputing.
PACE Suite is an application packaging and virtualization tool for: Creating MSI packages, patches, transforms, App-V and ThinApp packages, Universal Windows Platform app packages.Package authoring for managing custom actions, integrating scripts, managing permission settings for file system and...
Canadian company Sphere 3D offers Glassware, a tool which provides a container-based approach to application virtualization.