The adoption of Application Virtualization, Server-hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and the availability of Microsoft Windows 7 creates a lot of interesting and useful possibilities in the area of Application and Desktop Delivery (ADD). Multiple organizations are wondering what their new ‘workspace’ should look like. End users are demanding more functionality such as flexibility, freedom, roaming, hoteling, device and platform independent access to Windows and web-architected applications. IT staff demands cost reduction, manageability, availability and compliance. Irrespective of which Application- and Desktop delivery concepts, solutions, and products you prefer, I am convinced that 2010 will be THE year of choices!
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More and more organization are confused with all the ADD vendors, solutions and products. It's a booming market for sure! Maybe this overview will help you understand the Application and Desktop Delivery landscape.
With the upcoming release of Microsoft App-V 4.5 SP1 (soon!) and updates from all the AppVirt vendors on the horizon, the Application Virtualization Solutions Overview and feature comparison document will be updated as soon as possible. The document "A Complete Application Virtualization Solutions Overview and Feature Compare matrix" can be found here. Microsoft is fully aware of the powerful App-V solution they have in their portfolio. It’s a key component in optimizing the (Virtual!) desktop. The document ‘Microsoft Application Virtualization Cost Reduction’ gives a clear view of optimizing the desktop with Application Virtualization in general and App-V specific and is an article worth reading. I noticed that not so much people are aware of this document therefor the direct link here
I'm sure that Application Virtualization is key (essential!) in local and centralized Desktop Virtualization. The statement: “Without Application Virtualization no stateless Virtual Desktops” could be mine.
What do you think: Is 2010 the year of mainstream adoption of (server-hosted/client-side) Desktop Virtualization?! Is Application Virtualization a key component in Desktop Virtualization!?