In a typical PC environment, applications (such as Microsoft Office) are installed directly onto a PC. Application virtualization makes apps available to users virtually without having to install them on the PC. The two main types of application virtualization are:
- Remote Applications: Remote apps run on a server and can be integrated with a user’s desktop so that, from the user’s perspective, they are indistinguishable from applications installed directly on the computer. Remote applications can be utilized in both Terminal Services desktop and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. Remote apps require a constant network connection to run.
- Streaming Applications: In a streaming applications situation, components of the app are downloaded to the local computer on demand. While certain parts of the app are essential in order to launch the program, other parts of the application can be downloaded in the background as needed. Unlike remote applications, streaming apps can function without a network connection once all parts of the application have completely downloaded. The apps can be completely removed when closed, and streaming applications won’t interfere with other apps (as long as the right mechanisms are in place).
Benefits of Application Virtualization
Since apps are not installed on the end-user’s PC, they are easier to manage: IT administrators can monitor and manage all applications from a single dashboard.
Scalability and Agility
Application virtualization allows for the rapid deployment of applications and enables businesses to update software quickly as needed.
Like many virtualization services, application virtualization reduces reliance on physical services and other data center resources, helping businesses slash IT costs.
Greater Compatibility and Flexibility
Virtualized applications are compatible with multiple operating systems and enable the use of the same PCs for multi-tasking purposes. The apps are also device-independent, providing greater flexibility.
Contact CyberlinkASP to learn more about application virtualization and how desktop virtualization can reduce your IT costs. Our services are ideal for a range of industries, including healthcare, legal services, and pharmaceuticals.