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Whitepaper - Comparison between Liquidware Labs FlexApp and VMware AppVolumes

Marius Sandbu, a Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTA, author, virtualization consultant and speaker, has recently published a new paper comparing Liquidware Labs FlexApp and VMware AppVolumes.

Marius has been working on this paper for some time.  The idea for the paper came to him after he had completed a presentation about application layering a couple of months back at an NIC conference and at a Citrix User Group which took place in Norway.

He noted there are quite a few products/vendors in this space, but he wanted to focus his attention on two of the leading candidates, VMware and Liquidware Labs.  This would allow him to go into more detail on their application layering technology and describe their architecture, strengths / weaknesses, and give a feature comparison followed by his initial conclusions from each product.  

He writes:

"Dealing with application lifecycle management has always been a time-consuming task. We have been required to centrally manage updates to applications, dealing with application compatibility issues and with application conflicts. In addition, with the way that Microsoft manages applications using the MSI file package format, it has its challenges with bloating the operating system adding numerous registry changes, file systems and different dependencies that the application needs. This is also up to each vendor how it has created its own installation package.  

In larger organizations and in VDI implementations where we have hundreds or thousands of virtual machines or endpoints, we often have a one or more centralized application management and delivery solutions which can make this application lifecycle management process a lot more efficient on persistent virtual machines.

Different types of software can be used to manage the application catalog, pushing out applications and application updates to an endpoint or a collection of virtual machines. 

These types of management platforms, will typically allow you to import an MSI file and then allow you to specify a MSIEXEC with different attributes to do a silent installation along with some additional properties which will then be pushed to an endpoint to be run with the installation. These types of solutions also have different detection methods to determine if an existing version of a product is installed may also determine the OS type before pushing the right version of the application.

However, this type of application deployment and application installation presents some challenges in a VDI environment."

You can download the whitepaper here:

Published Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:38 AM by David Marshall
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