Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Comparing App-V, ThinApp and XenApp and then some SWS

As I was trawling through my numerous RSS and update feeds I came across an interesting article on the differences between some of the primary virtualisation technologies from Microsoft, Citrix and VMWare. You can read the article here:

The are some interesting comparisons between the three technologies that includes the following:
VMware ThinApp,  XenApp and App-V.

Where ThinApp delivers the following benefits
  • ThinApp from VMWare offer the following benefits;
  • ThinApp can deliver offline applications (XenApp can't, and App-V sometimes can)
  • No drivers or software required to configure the ThinApp environment
  • Minimal Admin rights requirements for remote installations
  • Most portable of these three virtualisation technologies
Citrix's XenApp compares well other virtualization technologies and also offers a distribution and streaming functionality in addition to the following benefits;
  • Not just a virtualisation technology for a complete distribution and streaming suite
  • XenApp works well with Microsoft's App-V
  • XenApp 6.5 offers a mobility pack that speeds application delivery to mobile devices
  • XenApp supports new and old (legacy) application streaming and virtualization

Microsoft App-V, the desktop virtualization offering from Microsoft (note that I did not mention the sever virtualisation offering) delivers the following key benefits;
  • App-V delivers a centrally managed administration and virtualisation environment
  • Offers a deployment and tracking web-based alternative through Silverlight
  • Microsoft's DirectAccess offers App-V packages over limited WAN environments
  • App-V now integrates with Windows to Go
There are plenty other virtualization tools out there (I like Spoon) and don't forget Symantec's SWVS  platform which offers the following benefits;
  • On-demand application streaming 
  • Dynamic license management 
  • Single-click application upgrades
  • Disconnected Usage Capability
If you are looking for a good backgrounder on desktop and server virtualization, you check out TechTarget's Virtualisation overview here:

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