Chapter 4. Application Virtualization

Why Virtualize Applications?

Application virtualization as a technology has been around for some time. It was originally developed to enhance Server-Based Computing (SBC) environments. In SBC environments, it was quite common to run into application incompatibility issues. For example, if you have two terminal servers that both run Applications A, B, and C, and you have 50 user sessions running on each, you have a pretty even distribution and resource utilization. What happens, however, if you get a request to load Application D also, and Application D is incompatible with one of the applications? You then have to introduce a third server to run Application D. Adding this server leads to an unequal distribution ...

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