Virtualising the client is not just about the desktop. It is also about application virtualisation. “Half of large organisations with more than 5,000 PCs have already adopted application virtualisation,” says Gartner analyst Terry Cosgrove. That compares with perhaps one per cent worldwide that have adopted a virtual hosted …
Ahh IE6 will you never die?
There's a whole posting just about the persistence of IE6 in the enterprise, and why it will probably never die entirely over at the 360 blog:
Remember kids, when you create a non-portable in-house web application, don't trust Microsoft (or anyone else) to continue supporting you any longer than _they_ want to.
One long-standing variant is where the application runs on the server but the user interacts with an image of the application window. Microsoft’s RemoteApp works like this, and so does Citrix XenApp in its session virtualisation mode.
Why an image? X-Windows applications can draw their windows on remote systems out of the box. So it would seam that Microsoft is once again reinventing the wheel, badly.
X also allows you to seamlessly access remote applications running on different servers with different operating systems and your local system all on the same desktop, and do useful things like cut and paste between them.
Oh well, Microsoft innovation will come to the rescue again.
Non web Remote apps?
Are there really that many big end user apps that are not just straight web / web browser based?
Sure there are niche areas for desktop apps but not for that 1000 user customer service type centre.
How about Virtual users as well ?
They can load balanced across nodes.
Some consideration required...
I work for a company called ChangeBASE and we deal with lots of clients who are looking to use VDI. In many cases it does make a lot of sense for these clients to use virtualised applications on VDI for the reasons outlined in this article. However we find that in cases where an application contains a plugin for software installed on the base build (IE, Office etc) then it may be difficult virtualising the plugin, as the app installed on the base build won't necessarily "see" the virtualised plugin. You also have to consider the limitations of the virtualisation technology. Eg. If you are using Microsoft's App-V and you application uses DCOM or COM+ then it probably won't work.
There are other technologies out there
Just as an FYI there are some other specialist encapulation technologies out there. Instafree for example is now really focussing on virtualising IE.
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