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Brad | 06 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Greetings All -

Sunday marked the opening day of HIMSS 2009 in Chicago. This show included a special milestone for the Endpoint Virtualization team, having the opportunity to demo from the Dell booth as part of Dell's new Mobile Clinical Computing solution, which was announced in a press release earlier this morning.

Brian Lynah wowed the audience showing the use case of clinical staff roaming across multiple Dell device types in mid-keystroke, instantly switching from station to station using an identity card. The demo showed SSO, application auto launch, and mid-keystroke roaming maintaining state across several thin clients, laptops and a PC. The back-end desktop can be any infrastructure model, from a virtual hosted desktop to terminal services based desktops...

Brad | 02 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Hi Endpoint Virtualization fans. Check out this professionally filmed, 10 minute video from Intel. It’s available on YouTube and even has a HQ viewing option to see Brian Duckering in high def. At SEV we give you more Duckering videos, with more viewing options, at higher resolutions.

The demo covers the 6.1 streaming solution as well as a preview of some cool new 6.1 SP1 features that more extensively leverage Intel’s AMT technology.

This link will taek you to the YouTube video: Symantec Workspace Streaming Demo with Notebook PCs and Intel vPro Technology

Enjoy!
Brad

Scott Jones | 26 Sep 2007 | 5 comments

Q:
Kevin asked, "I understand that Windows Vista is capable of virtualization. What's the difference between Vista Virtualization and SVS?"

A:
Timely question, Kevin. See if this helps.

The SVS virtualization technology is based on file system and registry redirection. This snippet from my blog explains:

Redirection can occur at the file-by-file level (like with SVS), at the directory level (e.g., UnionFS) or at the volume level (like the old DOS SUBST command). So it's nothing new and it certainly is not specific to Altiris. In fact, Microsoft is doing file system redirection in Vista to better support legacy applications that want to write to protected system areas; see...

Admin | 12 Sep 2007 | 2 comments

The editors at Redmondmag.com took a long look under the hood of SVS ... and another virtualization technology. Guess which one got higher scores?

Here's an excerpt:

The results are impressive once you've set up your system and installed the software layers and packages. As an ultimate compatibility test, I installed Office 2003 and Office 2007 on the same computer, and ran them both at the same time. There were no conflicts, and I could copy data back and forth between the two.

Read the full review here.

Admin | 12 Sep 2007 | 2 comments

ITPro's Ian Murphy just finished running the new 2.1 release of SVS through the paces and he likes what he sees. According to Murphy, "Operations teams who spend a lot of time deploying and fixing applications can now concentrate on application maintenance rather than application conflict."

Here's an excerpt:

So just how easy was it to capture an application? Frighteningly easy! There are just 10 steps to capturing an application although the time taken to install the application still has to be factored in. You can keep the capture file running so that any configuration that needs to be done to the application, even if that means running the application, can be captured. This makes these settings inviolate as they are stored read-only. If you want to give the users control over how they configure their application let...

Scott Jones | 12 Jun 2007 | 0 comments

CIO Insight recently published an overview of how various virtualization technologies can be applied to increase the manageability (and reduce the cost) of Windows clients. The article includes comments from Altiris SVS customer Scott Butcher, vice president and application integration manager of Bank of America Corp.'s Global Trading Infrastructure Trading Desktop Support group.

"At Bank of America, Butcher isn't blind to the savings that can accrue from virtualization, but he sees that in the context of bigger-picture requirements to improve SLAs for critical applications and keep operations running in the event of a disaster. Virtualizing applications using Altiris SVS (recently acquired by Symantec Corp.), and streaming them to the desktop using AppStream, addresses the issues, he says."

Read the complete article...

mmakaron | 11 Feb 2007 | 5 comments

Q:
Mike comments: Microsoft SoftGrid does not seem to have the ability for virtualized applications to talk to one another. The company I work for does a lot of in-house .NET development, and these apps are very highly integrated with one another.

After reading up on the concept of SVS's application layers, it seems that SVS may support virtualized apps using resources of other virtualized apps (calling DLLs, reading registry values) but I couldn't find any documentation that explicitly says that this is supported.

A:
Thanks for bringing this up, Mike. You've hit on the key difference between Altiris SVS and all of the user-space application virtualization products from other vendors (including SoftGrid). Yes, applications virtualized with SVS do...

Admin | 05 Feb 2007 | 5 comments

Listen in as SVS PM Scott Jones chats with InfoWorld about the virtues of software virtualization.

This podcast is a companion to InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum.

To hear the podcast, tune in here.

To learn more about InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum, click on over.

Admin | 13 Mar 2006 | 0 comments

Q:
Software virtualization -- I understand it helps with capacity, systems stability, and security -- but won't it add to a system's complexity?

A:
How does SVS stack up to effectively model the simplicity criterion? Let me count the ways.

  1. The purpose of virtualization is to simplify the view into your systems by regrouping IT assets into more logical units, thereby simplifying management of those assets. So, no, it won't add to a system's complexity—simplification is the goal.
  2. Previously, all software deployed to a box got thrown into one big, chaotic bucket. Businesses expend massive dollars and man hours every day reactively dealing with the result of that chaos – failed installations and uninstallations, apps breaking each other, users and malware breaking apps too easily because the legacy model is too complex and fragile. SVS is proactive simplification – it...
Admin | 07 Feb 2006 | 0 comments

Q:
Al asked, "I have a definitive interest in my PC's best performance. Too much has gone wrong upon installing a new hard drive and few programs. Can SVS help?"

A:
Al, thanks for downloading SVS. Performance improvement is not one of the core value propositions that we are talking about. But SVS could help in at least one regard, by eliminating "registry rot" and "DLL hell". One of the contributors to performance degradation over time is the repeated installing and uninstalling of software, when leaves behind all manner of potential problems.

Especially for the tinkerer who likes to collect and install every interesting-sounding piece of software they can find. ;) That would be me. I used to re-install Windows every six to nine months just to get back to a baseline. But with SVS, by installing everything into layers, you keep the baseline intact. Want to try Cool Software X? No problem. Install it into...