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Virtualize All Windows Apps

While legacy solutions like Microsoft App-V (read the App-V team blog) can struggle to deploy all the Windows apps a university needs to provide its students, we're able to virtualize 100% of Windows applications.

Universities use a wide range of software; some of it can be cutting edge whilst some important software apps are still written in DOS!

Question.

What can we help you virtualize?

Answer.

We can help you virtualize 100% of Windows applications. All Windows applications. Any Windows application. However we say it, there's no Windows app we can't virtualize.

This includes virtualizing:

  • ArcGIS
  • MATLAB
  • SPSS
  • SAS
  • NVivo
  • Adobe CC
  • SAP

... and any other difficult-to-virtualize apps used by universities and community colleges.

When you implement AppsAnywhere you'll also have free access to S2 Library, which is full of all the packaging recipes you need to get going, tried and tested by our university community. Easy as pie.

Why are some applications difficult to virtualize?

It's quite a bold claim to make, being able to virtualize and deploy 100% of Windows applications. Many universities have tried this with legacy virtualization technologies like App-V or ThinApp, and found the packaging process a pain (a dark art) with success limited to around 60% of your software estate.

So what makes us different?

The answer comes down to how the technology virtualizes the applications. Legacy application virtualization technologies use a concept familiar to most of us known as a sandbox. The applications are effectively encapsulated outside of the Operating System (OS) and interaction with the OS is very limited. It also means anything locally installed has limited or no access to the apps within the Sandbox.

The immediate upshot of this approach is that any complicated app that needs access to OS resources, drivers, Windows services, and so on, are unable to be packaged. In the STEM world (science, technology, engineering and maths) this is a huge proportion of the apps used in Education. Furthermore, items such as plug-ins or add-ons that are locally installed will just not work with the virtualized application.

So how can you virtualize difficult Windows apps more effectively?

With Cloudpaging technology, the virtualization world is seen in a different way. Using a unique layering approach, virtualized apps can be made to be fully integrated with the operating system, have access to all system processes, and vice versa. This means that although the application resides with a virtual file system and registry, it behaves like it's locally installed. Coupled with a “Sandbox” layer, which any file/folder/regkey can take advantage of, all the benefits of legacy application virtualization technologies can still be realized too.

This layered approach provides two distinct advantages:

  1. The obvious benefit of being able to virtualize 100% of windows apps
  2. The speed and success of being able to package

Our customers estimate they can save between 50-75% of the time required to package apps using our solution.

Learn how our customers virtualize apps...