Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization does a good job of virtualizing software on Microsoft Windows desktop PCs. It is also a worthy competitor in a highly competitive field that includes Symantec Altiris SVS, Microsoft Application Virtualization and VMware ThinApp 4.
ZENworks Application Virtualization makes short work of eliminating application
conflicts on Windows desktops by isolating programs from the underlying operating
ZAV still allows applications to interact with each other to enhance user
productivity, and the product is a worthy addition to Novell's virtualization
portfolio. IT managers who are looking to take the next step in reducing
application deployment and operational costs should put ZAV on the list of
application virtualization products to consider.
However, this is far from being an empty playing field, and IT managers
shouldn't shy away from playing vendors off one another to get the best deal.
Symantec Altiris SVS (Software Virtualization Solution), Microsoft Application
Virtualization and VMware ThinApp 4 are all vying for attention.
tool has been around for several years and has a small but active end-user
community called Juice that is a good resource for SVS users. Microsoft Applica??Ãtion
Virtualization is based on what used to be SoftGrid from Softric??Ãity, and based
on my recent test, IT managers will be tasked with significant packaging and
setup burdens to make App-V 4.5 work correctly. VMware ThinApp hit some snags
during my testing as well, but it has a neat method for keeping remotely
deployed virtual??Ãized apps up to date.
this category of prod??Ãucts is called "application virtual??Ãization," it might be
more apt to call it OS virtualization, because Novell's ZAV-like its competi??Ãtors-creates
a sandbox of sorts on the desktop or laptop and isolates the application's
changes to files and registry from the operating system. This effectively
separates applications from each other as well, essentially eliminating com??Ãpatibility
testing from the applica??Ãtion deployment test plan.