Application Management Containers
While most VMware shops enjoy the flexibility of provisioning virtual resources with the click of a button, it’s been somewhat of a trickier hurdle to bring that same level of agility to desktop application delivery. Spinning up a new virtual machine with enough power to smoothly run Adobe Creative Suite is easy, but actually getting Creative Suite onto the VM can be a chore.
Enter App Volumes, which just started shipping today! (Read more about the GA here.)
“We are in 2014, and managing applications is still a mess,” said Matt Suiche, one of the creators of App Volumes (formerly Cloud Volumes). “Complex applications are not supported by existing solutions and delivering them is too slow. Those are the main challenges App Volumes is addressing.”
App Volumes is one of the first solutions to enable the provisioning of applications at scale by leveraging virtual disks as containers. A virtual disk can attach to multiple machines or groups in read-only mode via the hypervisor API. Since nothing is being copied to the target machine, the application will appear as a local installation to the end-user in seconds. Removing the app is simply a matter of detaching the virtual disk.
“The main idea behind App Volumes is to provide more agility, simplicity, flexibility and efficiency to our customers,” Suiche said. “This can be translated as managing applications based on business needs in corresponding containers, deliverable in seconds.”
Deployment speed is only part of the equation. App Volumes is the first tool to efficiently and cost-effectively enable the delivery of applications across diverse desktop environments.
Rather than creating multiple instances of an application, App Volumes can provision a single copy to multiple desktops, while allowing individual users to retain their data and settings. This mitigates not just the management burden, but the costs too. Applications can also be managed in volumes, which reduces storage capacity requirements.
A single solution to manage all applications might sound like the wishful thinking of an IT administrator, but it’s precisely what App Volumes is designed to provide—all you need to do is use it.