Automating Application Virtualization with AdminStudio Suite from Flexera Software White Paper
As the industry moves from the traditional PC to user-centric computing, desktop virtualization and cloud technologies are growing in popularity, based on the benefits of independently managing applications, user environment, and operating system layers. Separating the layers utilizing desktop virtualization technologies enables organizations to transition towards user-centric computing, enabling scenarios for users to work from anywhere and on any device. This transition requires organizations to evaluate and often change their current process to separate the desktop into independent layers of management. This whitepaper focuses on transitioning applications into the formats required for user-centric and cloud computing models.
Since organizations have hundreds to thousands of applications, transitioning the application catalog into one enabled for user-centric computing and desktop virtualization technologies presents a large task. Application virtualization provides a solution, however the resources and time needed to convert applications into new formats prohibits many organizations. Application virtualization technologies capture applications into packages or resources for delivery to traditional desktops, VDI infrastructures, session, and cloud-based solutions. However, each application virtualization technology has unique tools for creating packages, requiring deep application-level knowledge and the entire application catalog must be evaluated for application virtualization and packaged into these new formats. This requires that packaging staff learn additional tools and often perform parallel processes of traditional and virtual packaging. Since a typical catalog sees changes of 30 percent per year, this duplication of effort decreases productivity critical to maintaining an application catalog. Organizations need a more effective way to transition to application virtualization that decreases the timeline and costs.
AdminStudio® Suite improves application lifecycle management with application virtualization, enabling organizations to remove blockers and transition to user-centric and cloud computing faster and with more consistent results. Application virtualization provides two features that improve application management across delivery systems. Virtualization enables packaged applications to run on a desktop, Citrix™ XenApp®, VDI desktop, or in the cloud without installation, and isolates applications from each other thus removing conflicts. The resulting benefits of application virtualization include but are not limited to, elimination of regression testing, on-demand delivery, decreased support costs, and enabling multiple versions of the same software to execute on the same system. These benefits translate into accelerated deployment times, reduction of support costs, and server consolidation for session-based solutions like Remote Desktop Services or Citrix XenApp.