Windows Access Goes Mobile
Softricity's SoftGrid 3.0 lets offline users access Windows applications.Softricity Inc. is extending the reach of its application virtualization technology to mobile and offline users. The Boston-based company last week rolled out SoftGrid 3.0, a platform that officials said enables IT administrators to bring the benefits of utility computingflexible deployment of resources, reduced IT costs, on-demand computing and increased management capabilitiesto the application level. SoftGrid 3.0 lets users who are not on the network gain access to Windows applications, a key feature given the increasing mobility of workers, said Softricity CEO Harry Ruda. Application code can be delivered and cached as a service to a laptop, Ruda said. License compliance is maintained even when a user is disconnected from the network by setting a time limit after which the application stops working.
Softricity uses a sequencer that virtualizes the application within a SoftGrid server. Then using SoftGrid Management Console, IT administrators can send portions of application code as a service to users who order them. From the console, administrators can determine who gets what level of access to which applications. In addition, when applications are replaced or updated, they need to be dealt with only once and then distributed to users.