Six Steps for Automating Application Virtualization
Application virtualization is a good way to lower computing and energy costs and become more nimble, but converting to virtual formats and preparing for deployment can be a time-consuming, manual task. Quality and consistency are hard to come by; even knowing which applications are suitable for virtualization can be guesswork, and deploying poorly prepared packages can crash mission-critical applications and overwhelm the help desk. The diversity of the underlying technologies and the complexity of final implementation, along with a high turnover rate for apps and pressure to virtualize while also moving to the Windows 7 platform, all add to the degree of difficulty. A methodical approach to making applications ready for popular virtualization platforms begins with assessing your requirements. That’s where automated packaging comes in, says Maureen Polte, senior director of product management at Flexera Software. Advances in automated packaging technology make it possible to prepare applications for virtualization with minimal expense and substantial time savings.