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What are main application virtualization software suites

Posted In Application Virtualization, Virtualization - By admin On Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 With 0 Comments
Application Virtualization is a virtualization technology which lets you “prepare and isolate” an application so it can run on its own, without writing any files or registry entries to the underlying operating system. Application virtualization is different from Server Virtualization or Desktop Virtualization. A virtualized application is typically a single executable whose purpose is to provide portability and compatibility, a very popular example of virtualized application is portable apps, which can be carried on a removable media such as a USB thumb drive and can be taken to any suitable machine and there can be run without any installation.  In this article we will discuss all the major players that offer virtualization software, which can be used to virtualize applications. Application Virtualization is not a new technology, most of the big players in today’s virtualization arena have a software offering that deals in particular with application virtualization.

Main Application Virtualization Software

The first big vendor to introduce an application virtualization product was VMWare, the name of its product was VMWare ThinApp. ThinApp was actually an earlier technology bought from another vendor called Thinstall. VMWare ThinApp will let you virtualize a complete application down to a singe executable.  It’s advantage lies in the fact that you do not need to install any software (remote agent) on the target machine for updating or installing the virtualized application. If you want to know more about VMWare ThinApp, here is a step by step article on What is VMWare ThinApp

Microsoft’s Application Virtualization technology is called App-V , named in tandem with its main Virtualization offering Hyper-V. App-V in recent times has been gaining a bigger market share in application virtualization because with the right deployment and combination of software install techniques using Active Directory, software (application) updates can be a breeze.  In Microsoft based environments, it takes the edge although it does involve installing a remote agent on the target machines.

Citrix, also offers Application Virtualization via its product called Citrix XenApp, named in tandem with its Virtualization Suite called XenDesktop. XenApp was formerly developed as an application hosting solution. One of the advantages of Citrix Xenapp is that it offers a web based interface for connecting to the particular application, which a user with right privileges can connect from anywhere. The drawback again is that you need to install the Citrix ICA client for connecting via the web interface.

There are other Application Virtualization Suites available from other vendors, such as Symantec Software Virtualization Solution from Symantec etc, but the above mentioned three vendors, VMWare, Microsoft and Citrix have the majority of a market share in Application Virtualization. If you use another product or have some feedback, please do share with us.

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