Cloudpaging is a next-generation application virtualization and delivery tool. Cloudpaging lets you package and virtualize any Windows software, even big 'tricky' apps that legacy technologies like App-V and ThinApp can't handle.
Numecent's Cloudpaging technology represents the only practical way for universities to deliver 100% of Windows apps to any device, anywhere. This is really important for those universities trying to deploy heavy-weight software such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, SPSS and NVivo, to demanding students.
Microsoft's App-V and VMware's ThinApp work for some stuff. We don't have some stuff. We have all stuff.
David Blezard, University of New Hampshire
And for users, the virtualized apps look, act and feel as though they're locally installed, all delivered without the hassle of installation and updates.
What is Cloudpaging and application virtualization?
Our short animated video below explains the world of application virtualization, the technologies available when it comes to virtualizing your Windows software, and how Cloudpaging from Numecent is different:
How does Cloudpaging work?
3 simple steps to packaging and virtualizing any Windows software with Cloudpaging:
- Package and 'Cloudify' all your Windows apps
- Use AppsAnywhere to deliver packaged apps to your students
- Execute and run apps at native speed (as if installed!)
1. Package and 'Cloudify' apps
First you create virtualized application sets from an original installer (or MSI), and set controls for the delivery of those apps to the clients, on demand.
This includes the minimum streamable blocks required to load the app on the client during activation stages, to accelerate the distribution of software; plus the remaining blocks containing all other app functionality.
2. Deliver packaged apps with AppsAnywhere
AppsAnywhere presents Cloudpaged apps to the student, and we provide a number of services that control and monitor those on-demand apps. Our unique portal can be customized for specific environments, it creates a secondary validation and attaches a license token to the application request, which is then passed to the streaming service. This, combined with the web and database services, enforces license management and tracking across all streamed apps.
Read more: About AppsAnywhere >
3. Run apps as if locally installed
One of the main benefits of Cloudpaging is that apps behave dynamically and as the user expects. Virtualized apps interact with locally-installed apps, with no interoperability issues (such as a virtualized app working with the local Java or .Net dependency). Other solutions on the market prevent interaction between virtualized and native apps, because of the way they virtualize the software using isolation.
Read more: Execute and run apps as if installed >
Benefits of virtualizing apps using Cloudpaging...
With Cloudpaging and application virtualization you separate the apps from the OS, so you can massively reduce the size of your image.
With Cloudpaging you can virtualize ANY Windows app, including the 'tricky' apps like SPSS, Abobe, SAS, NVivo, AutoCAD and ArcGIS.
Application virtualization separates apps from the OS and uses the power of the end device, so the infrastructure is a fraction of the cost of VDI!
Virtualized apps behave as if locally installed, with no compromise on performance. That includes 3D graphics, HD content and CPU-intensive apps. Yep, it's awesome for students (and staff)!
Apps run exactly as if they're installed on the user's computer, but need zero installation. So there's no hassle and no waiting for downloads and installs – just instant access to apps. Magic.
Even if your users lose connection to the server, your apps will still be available, and without the loss of licence control! Power cut at exam time and the labs go down? It could happen...
Cloudpaging Tech Specs
Virtualized apps intergrate fully with the OS.
Virtualized apps work in exactly the same way as if they were actually installed on the computer. That means that whilst they're virtualized they'll appear in the Start Menu, have access to native files, can save locally, interact with context menus, and use all the usual peripheral devices.
Choose how much to virtualize. No conflicts.
Integrate or isolate as much of the app as you need to, right down to a file or registry key level. Easily deliver isolated application dependencies and avoid conflicts with existing installations.
OS and VDI compatibility.
Cloudpaging is compatible with all Windows apps (32-bit and 64-bit) and with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. It can be used alongside existing VDI, and is compatible with VMware Horizon View, Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Hyper-V with RemoteFX.
Independent Industry Comparison
Download the PQR Application Virtualization whitepaper
To find out more about Cloudpaging, and for an independent market comparison, download PQR's full Application Virtualization Smackdown whitepaper. Written by virtualization experts Ruben Spruijt, Jurjen van Leeuwen and Rory Monaghan, this whitepaper compares application virtualization technologies including Numecent's Cloudpaging, VMWare's ThinApp, Microsoft's App-V and Symantec's Workspace Virtualization (now end of life).
Application Virtualization Independent Smackdown
(2.07 MB, PDF)
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Learn more about AppsAnywhere...
91% of students expect their institution to provide an "app store" to access their university software. So, in collaboration with our customers, we've developed AppsAnywhere, a beautiful web interface that gives students access to all the software they need, from a customizable portal.
With AppsAnywhere's admin section, you have full control over how the university delivers apps to students, including full licensing controls, provisioning and app delivery methods.
With Parallels RAS (Remote Application Server) university IT can securely deploy Windows apps to any device, including macOS, iOS, Android and Chromebooks.
S2 Dashboard is the extensive reporting suite behind AppsAnywhere, detailing app usage, licensing data and BYOD statistics.