Today, organizations are focusing on the importance of having a holistic End-User Computing model by combining operating system solutions with virtualization technologies that enhance the User-Endpoint infrastructure. Along with the traditional PC solution, there is a very real and needed trend to address end user-centric computing, desktop virtualization, and cloud solutions. These solutions are growing in popularity because of the acceleration and adoption of new and unique consumer devices (think Tablets and Smartphones,) and the user’s demands for mobility.
Enter application virtualization….Changing the desktop model to be a virtualized set of resources (OS, applications, and user data with personal settings) provides the benefit of independently managing the layers, and applying them where/as needed across many endpoints. As organizations move to Windows 7, VDI, and session-based solutions, there is often a lack the resources and skill sets required to transform applications into solutions that meet the needs of a fluid business landscape. This is where application virtualization becomes a building block of the new endpoint model.
Application virtualization was initially designed to deal with application conflicts; but then it continued to grow because IT operations realized it was a viable alternative software deployment solution. IT managers liked it because application delivery evolved into a strategic role by offering a low-cost and efficient way to deploy software to users without installing and maintaining the applications on the client endpoint. This saves time and resources (money), and also provides additional security and control. Alternatively, developers like it because they no longer need to struggle with the challenges of writing new applications that don’t conflict with the applications currently installed.
It is no secret that applications are the critical resource that each user needs in order to be productive. By adopting application virtualization, an organization experiences accelerated deployment, improved support, and flexibility, while reducing the effort of implementing new technologies. The ever changing conundrum for IT is how to take hundreds of applications in various formats and standardize them in a common format. Application virtualization provides a solution, however the resources and time needed to convert applications into new formats can be a challenge. So, always remember to:
• Start with a Plan
• Produce Reliable Virtualized Applications
• Package Once, Deploy Everywhere
• Cater to Your Mobile Workforce
The new End User Computing model is happening now.