There’s been quite a resurgence in application virtualization recently, so we decided to list some of the reasons and also explore what impact Citrix is having on the uplift in interest.
- Companies have realised that Windows 7 migrations can be accelerated up by using application virtualization
- Anyone who recently completed an overhaul to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 is now ready to virtualize their applications
- Microsoft has been busy reworking App-V to make it easier to use and users of version 4.x are now starting to migrate to 5.x
A fine romance?
Then there’s the fact that late last year Citrix finally said goodbye to it’s own ‘Application Streaming’ technology in release 7 of XenDesktop and further strengthened it’s integration with App-V making it Citrix’ primary application virtualization solution of choice.
Whilst moving current implementations of Citrix applications to App-V appears to be simple, the reality is that it can be quite resource intensive, making the migration a time consuming exercise and therefore costly.
Citrix say that since you’re getting Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access Licenses to use XenApp you should be able to use App-V when it’s used on an RDS/XenApp server without any additional costs. That’s not strictly true for two reasons:
- There doesn’t seem to be a migration path from Citrix Application Streaming to App-V, so all applications need to be sequenced
- If you need to stream applications to Windows OS then you need a Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack (MDOP) license
Despite these difficulties organisations are learning to overcome the hurdles to application virtualization and charging ahead with application streaming with MS App-V because of real benefits it delivers.
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