Posts Tagged ‘ThinApp’
Unidesk is a PC Lifecycle Management company planning to provide
- Virtual Desktop Management
- Storage reduction
with no agent on the desktop.
Supports VMware ESX today. Intends to support Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, Citrix XenClient. and application virtualization technologies such as, VMware ThinApp, Microsoft App-V, etc.
CacheCloud: is a content delivery network (think Akamai) for pushing out VDI gold images to different data centers, laptops/desktops in branch offices or machines that connect intermittently. Cloud consists of a large number of virtual appliances, called CachePoints, running one per blade or laptop. Each CachePoint stores user personalization locally as well as replicates it out. CachePoint appliances are made of Linux, have virtualized storage that supports
- thin provisioning
Windows and app code is shared, user personalization is unique. This makes scanning for AV really fast since there is only image of code
Block-level replication of deltas, file-level replication for compositing. Personalization data can be written from several individual CachePoints to a NAS/SAN in the data center which enables legal discovery of changes to data, which was not possible until today.
Composite Virtualization understands the abstract layers, Windows’, apps and user data and knows how to merge them together (composite) in real time to create a bootable C: device and provide a rich desktop experience. Virtualizes each desktop into layers
- exe, com objects and dlls are apps
- Registry – configuration
- everything else is data
It will support encryption in the future: Shared keys for windows and apps code, personal keys for private data
Composting engine sits on top of the device driver and form the individual layers by merging individual IO streams with the namespace knowledge it maintains.
A virtualization storage layer implemented as a NTFS file system filter driver provides a high performance block IO device that talks to the CacheCloud. It loads early in the boot cycle. Once it is loaded, it loads a vmdk disk image which contains Just Enough Windows pre-composited to provide a bootable C drive. The latter can be served from the Cache Cloud.
It Snapshots the system automatically by auto detecting application installs/uninstalls, ActiveX control downloads. An admin can get a timeline view of user-installed software to reconstruct a hosed machine easily from the CacheCloud. Lets you recover system state while retaining your data.
Currently in Beta with 22 customers spanning Financial Institutions, Higher Ed and the Government.
Distribution through a channel strategy, working with Top Channel providers for VMware, Citrix, Microsoft. Can replace WAN acceleration, Backup and DR and Persistent Personalization products.
The compelling aspect of Application Virtualization is that it lets applications be delivered dynamically as services that can be added or removed without installation. In trying to understand the underpinnings of this technology, I found two interesting chalk talks by John Sheehan, the architect of Softricity’s SoftGrid, which was rebranded as App-V, after it was acquired by Microsoft: