Symantec SWV: Too little too late?
I thought I'd start the discussion point.
I've been the biggest fan of SWV since it was Juice. I've proposed Symantec's applicaiton virtualization technologies to many customers over the years. I think Symantec does app virtualization right compared to Microsoft and VMware.
Despite my love for SWC's philosophy of a true application management approach to application virtualization I have to be honest with myself and my customers. Considering Symantec's lack of focus on development of this (and other virtualization) technologies, I'm not sure I feel comfortable recommending it to customers any more. Case in point: Why has it taken this long to develop a 64-bit version of SWC? Even VMware -- who was formerly the loss leader in app virtualization product development -- has a 64-bit capable version of ThinApp. Another point: I'm currently testing SP6 and the experience has been less than I hoped from a supposedly RC product.
I don't even know if Symantec has a chance to sway the market at this point. Most of my customers have already decided on AppV and find it a reasonable solution despite the heavy toll of Software Assurance. I just with Symantec had gotten their stuff together so customers might have seen what was really possible.
Rationaly discussion please. Flaming me is not going to sway anybody or make the lack of a 64-bit version go away.