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Altiris gets Wise to virtualisation

Quoting from TechWorld

Altiris has added application virtualisation to its Wise software packager, in a move that the company claimed could save corporate users both time and money when repackaging applications for internal distribution.

The Altiris SVS virtualisation technology installs and runs each application on its own software layer which sits on top of Windows, and does not install anything to Windows itself. This should prevent applications from conflicting with each other and with Windows, the company said.

With the release of Wise Package Studio version 7, applications can be packaged to install as SVS layers, said Altiris regional manager Peter Thomson. He added that as well as reducing conflicts, virtualisation reduces the time taken to package new versions of an application, because it removes much of the need to test for conflicts.


The Altiris approach is very different from the application streaming technologies offered by Citrix and Softricity, Thomson said. Those rely on a server and network infrastructure to deliver virtualised applications to the desktop, he explained, whereas Wise Package Studio simply installs the app to the PC, albeit to a virtual software layer. (Both Citrix and Softricity do also support local installs though, for offline use.)


It is not yet possible to apply patches to a virtualised app - instead, a new distribution would have to be created containing the required patches. However, the virtualisation still means that those patches cannot adversely affect apps in other layers, so once again, less testing should be needed.

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Published Friday, June 23, 2006 6:30 AM by David Marshall
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