Application Virtualization Software

Application Virtualization Software Overview

What is Application Virtualization Software?

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.

Application Virtualization Features & Capabilities

Among 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.

The concept of virtualization generally refers to separating the logical from the physical, and that is at the heart of application virtualization too. 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; The user’s machine is not actually using its own operating system.

Advantages of Application Virtualization

Application virtualization, by decoupling the applications from the hardware on which they run has many advantages. One advantage is 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 Products

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Parallels Remote Application Server

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…

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and application virtualization solution from Citrix.

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) 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.

Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktops are available through Azure, a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud.

Micro Focus Desktop Containers (formerly Novell Application Virtualization)

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…

VMware ThinApp

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 Application Virtualization (App-V)

Microsoft App-V supports the virtualization of applications, making them available to end users without an installation.

VMware Horizon Apps (with Mobile Client)

Horizon Apps is part of the VMware Horizon family of desktop and application virtualization solutions that gives end users access to all of their published apps, SaaS apps, and mobile apps through a single, secure unified workspace. Horizon Apps allows users to radically transform…


CeedoClient from Israeli software company Ceedo supports application virtualization for enterprises or personal use, essentially allowing apps to run without installation.

Ericom Connect

Ericom Connect, Enterprise and Professional, from Ericom Software in New Jersey, is an enterprise-level, cross-platform remote administration solution for issuing support across a very large network, from any device, via a unified management console. Ericom also offers an SMB targeted…

hyperService Platform

HyperService Platform from San Francisco based company NextAxiom is software for application virtualization.


DxEnterprise is multi-platform Smart Availability software built on patented technology that achieves the highest levels of availability for SQL Server instances, Availability Groups, containers, and apps across both Windows and Linux environments. It can be used to manage a variety…


Evalaze is an application virtualization offering from German company Dögel.

Inuvika OVD Enterprise

Inuvika OVD Enterprise is a virtualized application delivery platform. It delivers Windows and Linux apps and shared desktops to any device. Users can access their apps through OVD native clients on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Chromebook, and Raspberry Pi-based devices, and…

Symantec Workspace Streaming (discontinued)

Symantec Workspace Streaming was an application designed to allow organizations to make it easier for their workforce to be productive no matter where they are working by enabling on-demand application provisioning, real-time software license management, and off-line access for…


Canadian company Sphere 3D offers Glassware, a tool which provides a container-based approach to application virtualization.

Ormuco Edge PaaS & Decentralization

Ormuco Edge is a PaaS and decentralization solution for fog computing, edge computing and decentralization needs.According to the vendor key business benefits and features include:Ready for 5G networksReady for roaming (users in motion)Compatible w/ any edge equipmentOffering on-…

Workspot Cloud Desktops

Workspot cloud desktops offer an enterprise-class, SaaS platform designed to deliver high performance Windows 10 desktops from Azure. Workspot’s turnkey platform gives IT the ability to provision and deliver the perfect desktop, workstation or application for employees around the…


AppsAnywhere is a software delivery platform that gives students and staff access to the software they need to get their work done wherever they are, both on and off campus. Boasting more than 2 million students at over 200 universities and colleges worldwide, the vendor states…

Apptimized Workspace

What is Apptimized Workspace? A cloud-based packaging self-service solution designed to simplify and partially automate daily packager’s routine so users can concentrate on more complex tasks. Workspace is an application packaging environment that can be implemented for generating…

PACE Suite

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…

NComputing vSpace

NComputing vSpace is virtual desktop and application virtualization technology from global company nComputing.


The NVIDIA GRID vAPPS option supplies virtualization to supply additional functionality to GPU intense apps.


CloudShare's virtual IT lab technology enables organizations, large and small, to leverage data centers for building replicas of their current production environments in the cloud for a number of use cases. Training: Companies training employees, customers, or partners to use their…