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Softricity® Extends Application On-Demand Virtualization Platform with Launch of Softricity ZeroTouch™


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Softricity® Extends Application On-Demand Virtualization Platform with Launch of Softricity ZeroTouch™
Delivers Secure Applications Regardless of Location for Superior Productivity and End-user Experience

( Boston, MA) September 19, 2005 — Softricity® today announced the immediate availability of Softricity ZeroTouch™ which, together with the company’s SoftGrid® application virtualization platform, creates the Softricity Desktop™, the most advanced application deployment and management environment on the market. By combining Softricity’s patented application virtualization and on-demand delivery technologies with ZeroTouch, large and medium-sized enterprises, hospitals, government agencies and universities now have an end-to-end solution that provides:

  • Instant availability to all their applications from anywhere in the world via a browser;
  • Intelligent application deployment – determining in real-time if applications should process on a desktop or server based on users’ current situations;
  • Safe self-service provisioning of new applications by end users – the moment they need them; and
  • Business unit self-service reporting about application usage

Securing the Mobile Workforce

The launch of ZeroTouch comes as enterprises are increasingly supporting mobile and far-flung employees who move from one computer to another (office to home to kiosk to mobile device and beyond) to get their work done. This makes it exceedingly hard for IT to securely deploy and support the applications users need – the moment they need them. ZeroTouch is the only industry solution delivering instant availability to applications while meeting these mobility and security needs. Moreover, it empowers end-users to self-provision applications and business units to generate their own reports about software usage, while leaving IT to focus on more strategic projects, a critical advantage in today’s fast-moving business environment.

Softricity’s goal has always been to make applications as easy to get as electricity. With ZeroTouch, we are delivering on our vision for a new kind of enterprise desktop – The Softricity Desktop – that follows users no matter which computer they log onto,” said Harry Ruda, Softricity’s chief executive officer. “It is now as easy to get to applications as it is to get to a web page. With this environment, which can be securely deployed, managed and immediately available anywhere in the world at a fraction of traditional costs, Softricity is helping enterprises dramatically improve business agility and deliver a superior end-user computing experience.”

To witness Softricity’s vision in action and see how it will change the future of software, go to: www.softricity.com/thesoftgrid

About ZeroTouch

ZeroTouch is a dramatic departure from the traditional enterprise computing experience, with its legacy of IT professionals loading applications onto desktops and users linked to the network. Instead, with a few swift keystrokes, users now have the applications they have the right to use on their desktop, enabling them to work remotely without having IT involved and without linking to the enterprise server. This is particularly important in an age when remote network access can result in security breaches that threaten the entire network infrastructure.

ZeroTouch’s key features include:

  • Global Application Availability: For the first time, users can get to their specific applications from any computer, regardless of location, aggregated on a single web page and/or within a Windows desktop – and can still run the applications if they’re disconnected from the network.
  • Real-time Intelligent Application Deployment: Based on real-time information about a user’s network, application and device, ZeroTouch determines the best way to deploy an application to a user – either delivering it directly to the device or processing it at the datacenter on a Terminal Server and screen-scraping the graphics to the desktop.  
  • End-user Self-service Provisioning: This is a complete change from the conventional experience, where users were reliant on IT professionals for provisioning. Now, end-users can either self-service new applications the moment they need them, or, using ZeroTouch’s automated workflow system, put in a request to business unit managers who can, with one click, both authorize and enable instant availability to the new application for the end user. Because the applications are virtualized, they do not affect the operating system or conflict with—and break—any other application, making self-service safe for the enterprise.  
  • Business-unit Software Usage Reporting: Business managers can get real-time, detailed reports of application usage without relying on IT by running reports themselves within ZeroTouch.



ZeroTouch is available today through Softricity and its partners.

About Softricity:

Softricity enables software to be as instantly available and as easy to use as electricity by transforming applications into network services that no longer need to be installed. The Softricity Desktop provides a software environment that can be securely deployed, managed and immediately available anywhere in the world at a fraction of traditional IT investments – while dramatically improving business agility and delivering a superior end-user experience. Powered by the SoftGrid ® Platform & Softricity ZeroTouch, The Softricity Desktop employs the company’s patented application virtualization, intelligent on-demand delivery and policy-based management technologies to save enterprises over 80% in application management costs, 30% in help desk costs and realize a four-fold increase in user up-time. Global customers include AIG, Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City, Northeastern University, Prudential, Raytheon, sanofi-aventis and Suncor Energy. Softricity is a partner with Microsoft (Gold Certified), IBM, HP and VMware. For more information visit http://www.softricity.com.


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