Application Virtualization | What Is It and Why Does Your Organization Need It?

Application Virtualization: What is It?

Application VirtualizationApplication virtualization is a technology that encapsulates an application from the underlying operating system on which it is executed. It enables access to an application without needing to install it on the target device.

From the user’s perspective, the application works and interacts like it’s native on the device. The user can resize, move or minimize the application window, as well as using familiar keyboard and mouse operations. There might be subtle differences at times, but for the most part, the user has a seamless experience.

Benefits of Application Virtualization

From the organization’s point of view, application virtualization can be an effective way to implement and maintain their published applications. The major benefit is that IT administrators install an application once to a server, rather than multiple desktops, making it easier to update applications and apply patches centrally.

In addition, admins can effectively control application access. For example, if a user should be denied access to an application, the administrator can modify access permissions to the application without altering anything at the user’s desktop.

Another powerful advantage is portability. Users can access virtualized applications from thin clients or non-Windows devices, such as Android or iOS. The applications are available, without waiting for time-consuming installations or load operations. If a device is lost or stolen, application data stays on the server and does not get compromised.

How many of your employees wish they could work from home during rush hour to avoid spending hours in traffic and then commute in more convenient hours without having to change their working hour schedule?

Application virtualization solves many user requirements issues, such as:

Drawbacks of Application Virtualization

Application virtualization comes with challenges as well. Not all applications are suited to virtualization. For example, graphics-intensive applications can slow down (lag) during the rendering process. In addition, a steady and reliable connection to the server is required to provide users with a solid UX with the applications.

Some applications require device drivers and 16-bit applications running in the memory. Some applications, such as anti-virus programs, must integrate with the local OS, as they require continuous access to local data. Use of peripheral devices, like printers, can get more complicated with app virtualization. System monitoring tools can have trouble with virtualized applications, making it tricky to troubleshoot and isolate performance concerns.

Application Virtualization with Parallels RAS

Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) assists organizations with application and desktop virtualization. Thousands of organizations have already implemented Parallels RAS on their infrastructure, allowing them to publish, manage and update their applications centrally. In addition, some have opted to go for thin clients and enabled employees to work remotely, cutting down the total cost of ownership (TCO) and increasing productivity.

Download your 30-day evaluation period of Parallels RAS and enjoy the benefits of application and desktop virtualization today!


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