Application Virtualization Clients: Microsoft App-V and 2X RAS

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What is an Application Virtualization Client?

An Application Virtualization Client can make applications available to end user computers without having to install the applications directly on those computers. This is made possible through a process known as application

Application Virtualization Client

virtualization, which enables each application to run in its own self-contained virtual environment on the client computer. The virtual applications are isolated from each other, which eliminates application conflicts while allowing the applications to interact with the client computer.

The Application Virtualization Client manages the virtual environment in which the virtualized applications run on each computer. After the client has been installed on a computer, the applications are made available to the computer through a process known as publishing, which enables the end user to run the virtual applications.

Application Virtualization Client: MS App-V

Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop Client or MS App-V allows applications to be deployed to the client from a virtual application server. It removes the need for traditional local installation of applications. MS App-V supports the virtualization and streaming of an application. With a streaming-based implementation, data are stored on the virtual server and streamed to the client while the application runs locally; this does not completely solve the issue of conflicting applications running on the same machine.

Application Virtualization Client: 2X RAS

2X RAS allow publication of virtual applications directly from Windows Server 2012 using remote desktop services. The complexity of publishing an application is practically reduced to zero: to deliver a virtual application, the IT manager simply picks any application installed on the servers and delivers it to end users in a couple of clicks.

2X RDP clients are available for any platform – mobile or traditional desktop – allowing companies to virtualize their applications and make them available on Linux, Mac, Windows XP, 7, 8 & 8.1, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Chrome.

Application virtualization with 2X RAS enables IT administrators to significantly reduce the cost and complexity associated with development, setup, configuration, deployment and maintenance of software applications. 2X RAS delivers flexibility, cost savings and security to your company.

Application Virtualization Clients: Conclusion

It is very clear that application virtualization is essential for competitive companies, considering its enormous advantages in terms of time, reduced administration, increase in productivity and enhanced business continuity. MS App-V offers the possibility of application streaming on top of application virtualization, but streaming may be regarded as an incomplete solution because it still relies on local installation. To gain maximum benefit from Application Virtualization Clients, companies need to embrace full application virtualization. 2X RAS offers the possibility of simplifying the process and speeding up adoption of this technology. Its setup wizard reduces to minutes what would take you hours to do with other solutions.

References
 
Application Virtualization Clients: app virtualization (application virtualization) http://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/definition/app-virtualization
 
Application Virtualization Clients: Application virtualization http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application_virtualization
 
Application Virtualization Clients: Applications Virtualization http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/virtualization/application/default.aspx

Giorgio Bonuccelli is a Marketing and Communications Director at Parallels. Giorgio has extensive experience in cloud computing and virtualization, with a background of many years in multinational corporations (Dell, EMC and McAfee). In his career he has filled different roles, from sales to training and marketing. This wide-ranging experience and flexibility helps him simplify concepts and write content that is easy to read and understandable even by newcomers to the subject. As a blogger and technical writer he has published more than 1000 papers.