Guess what? Virtualization works for your applications too

 So you’re sold on virtualization being the answer to controlling hardware costs in your organization’s long-awaited great Windows 7 implementation. But, you may be wondering, what about all my apps? In other words, you’ve found a resource-friendly way to implement Windows 7 but you worry that won’t amount to a hill of beans for users if your current applications aren’t supported by the new OS. And the time and cost associated with updating all those apps to make them compatible with Windows 7 just isn’t in the cards.

 Well, not to sound like a broken record, but virtualization can help here too.

 How? It’s quite simple. Once your operating system is virtualized – residing on servers in your new data center – it’s able to work independently of your applications and vice versa. That means with virtualization you can take applications that, say, once only ran on your old Windows XP operating system, place them on a centralized server and deliver them to Windows 7 machines – all the while having them remain completely independent of those machines.

 Now that those applications are virtualized, they can be centrally managed and updated quickly and easily. Plus they can be accessed not just from Windows 7 machines in your office environment but from a multitude of devices that have access to your data center. For instance, employees with non-company-issued bring-your-own-devices like iPads or laptops can connect to your centralized environment from wherever they happen to be and call up apps as needed, completely seamlessly. What’s really going on is a little trick where the device is really getting keystrokes and screenshots so it looks like applications are running locally on the machine – but in reality they’re running virtually from the data center.

 Application virtualization doesn’t just keep costs down and make IT resourcing easier. It can improve security by isolating apps from the OS and it also makes it easier to track and control costs on application license usage. Virtualization can also, of course, have huge implications when it comes to workforce productivity, enabling employees to work whenever, wherever and from whichever device they’re using.

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About Jonathan White

Jonathan is a solutions architect within the Enterprise Architect Group at Softchoice. His main focus is to help customers define and design virtualization solutions.