Workspace Virtualization solves the following common application management problems:
Provisioning and deprovisioning applications is disruptive to the user and is time consuming
With Software Virtualization Solution, you can easily deploy virtualized applications without running an application install or uninstall on client computers. Application availability is instantaneous - you can easily and immediately activate or deactivate your applications by sending a single command to the client computer. The user is not required to have system rights to run an installation. You don't have to worry about restarting when you activate or deactivate an application. The solution can also register any services that the application installs through the Windows Service Control Manager. The solution then loads the services so that the application is fully functional.
Recovering a damaged application is time consuming
Rather than repairing or recovering a damaged application, you can reset it to the original deployed condition. Application resets can be performed instantly or on a schedule. An application can be reset whether the client computer is connected to the network or not. Resetting a virtual application does not damage other applications that are installed on the computer.
Conflicting applications are difficult or impossible to manage
Workspace Virtualization ensures applications use the correct files and registry settings without modifying the operating system and interfering with other applications. It provides numerous benefits, including improved reliability and flexibility. Example: When you install new software or application updates, administrators might inadvertently replace newer .DLLs with older .DLLs, which can cause immediate problems between applications sharing those .DLLs, causing application failure, or reintroducing holes in security that were previously patched. Other benefits include allowing different versions of the same application to co-exist on the same computer.
Migrating to new application versions requires significant testing and planning; takes a long time to execute and rollback is difficult
Rolling out new versions of an application requires significant time to test for conflicts and reprovisioning lab testing computers. Workspace Virtualization simplifies predeployment testing, accelerates the deployment cycle, and reduces post-deployment support costs. With Workspace Virtualization, you can host multiple versions of an application on the same system without conflicts between older and newer files. Even phased rollouts are greatly accelerated because rollback can occur immediately at any time. Once the transition from an older application to a newer application is complete, deactivate and remove the older version.