InstallAware Virtualization, an application virtualization tool, is based on an agentless architecture.
Software development company InstallAware Marketing announced
the release of InstallAware Virtualization, an application
virtualization tool for ISVs and enterprises deploying and re-packaging
software products on Microsoft Windows. InstallAware Virtualization
creates virtualized applications that run inside a secure sandbox on
users' systems, providing access to the original application
dependencies such as ActiveX controls and dynamic libraries, powered by
a virtual file system and registry. The solution is the result of
collaborative effort between InstallAware and Softanics.
InstallAware Virtualization is also based on an agentless architecture,
which eliminates the need to preinstall agent code on target devices;
all that is necessary to run is the single portable executable file.The
solution is licensed royalty-free, without requiring separate client
access licenses for each user.
All companies require is one license per developer who will be using
the toolkit to create virtualized applications. Virtualization also
includes PackageAware, a wizard that converts any application to a
virtualized application based on a working setup file for the
application. The original sources of the application are not required,
and the application virtualization project created by PackageAware may
be further modified in the main InstallAware Virtualization IDE, using
common GUI development metaphors.
"In the good InstallAware tradition, InstallAware Virtualization brings
to market several innovations--both in terms of cost and technical
merit," says Sinan Karaca, founder of InstallAware. "Unlike VMware
ThinApp and Microsoft App-V, InstallAware Virtualization packages do
not pre-extract anything on the computer they are running on. They run
immediately from a single, truly portable executable file instead,
which could reside on a network location, a USB drive or a physical
The solution is available for $999, and a time-limited fully functional
trial download is available via the company's Website. Like other
InstallAware products, virtualization purchases are backed by the
company's 30-day money back guarantee, which also includes a go-live
license that enables developers to put their virtualized applications
into real-world use.
"We are excited to be working with InstallAware in growing the adoption
of our BoxedApp application virtualization technology," adds Artem
Razin, CEO of Softanics. Razin explained application virtualization
technology enables users without administrator rights to run software
on their systems that would ordinarily require those rights. Even if an
application requires access to protected system locations, once
virtualized, those requests are seamlessly redirected to the secure
sandbox. This fulfills application requirements and maintains security
on the target computer at the same time, he said.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.