Our category consultant (Application Layering / Application Virtualization) Rory Monaghan, has recently updated the application layering matrix and highlights various new features for the published solution.

Cloud Integration, SMB Caching, User Layers

Liquidware added new capabilities around FlexApp cloud caching (including SMBs caching). The cloud storage support that was added in the last update to the Matrix has also been enhanced, such as the ability to DR to multiple cloud vendors including Amazon S3, Google, and Microsoft Azure.

VMware App Volumes introduces many fixed in the last couple of versions but by far the biggest facet to the product with v2.15 is the VMware Cloud on AWS support.

Citrix App Layering has introduced User Layers for the Desktop OS and has had significant performance improvements for various different support hypervisors. 

Application Layering Concept

Hybrid Use Cases

The use cases for application layering differ across organizations but the main ones are stopping image sprawl and delivering applications in a hybrid desktop world. Windows desktop delivery strategies are more diverse than ever – physical, virtual, cloud, DaaS. With new market entrants such as Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktops, a hybrid desktop approach has become the standard for most organizations.

But with that hybridity comes challenges, such as how are applications installed, managed and delivered to users? What about platform and application compatibility and/or application performance? Are multiple Windows OS version accounted for or do you need to repackage applications for every variance? Application layering can solve many of these issues by delivering apps “just-in-time” and reducing the size (and management overhead) of gold images.

Application Layering – Compatibility Benefits

Application layering can lead to a much higher rate of compatibility than earlier technologies, which used application isolation to virtualize applications. Once applications have been packaged for layering, they are containerized on virtual hard disks (VHDs) or virtual machine disk files (VMDKs) and can be centrally assigned to users on a machine-level or context-aware basis.  

So, take a look at the updated Application Layering comparison and explore how these technologies might fit into your overall desktop/application delivery strategy and what product suite is the best one for your needs! 

For more information around Application Virtualization, visit the independent comparison, see related articles and don’t forget to visit rorymon.com.

Jane Rimmer, WhatMatrix Community Board (Rimmergram.com)

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