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Virtualisation for the masses

On-demand application virtualisation company Softricity has released SoftGrid 4.0,  which the company says has been designed to make virtual applications easy to create, deploy, manage and use.
 
With SoftGrid 4.0, Softricity believes that enterprises can virtualise any Windows application and make it available to computers worldwide within minutes, while supporting end-users with new remote help features that further reduce application management costs.

Softricity boasts that the advances in SoftGrid 4.0 are based on thousands of hours of development, combined with feedback from hundreds of customers and partners who have been using Softricity since 2001 to virtualise over 25,000 applications and deploy to hundreds of thousands of end-users.

SoftGrid 4.0 turns locally installed Windows applications into virtual network services that are centrally managed and deployed on-demand - without any recoding - to any desktop, server, laptop or virtual machine. With the new version, Softricity says that its virtualisation technology more easily enables applications to run in a protected "sandbox" environment without installation or alteration to the host operating system, and without conflicting with any other applications.

This is combined with Softricity's streaming technology, which sends only the minimum code needed (the company says often less than 15%) to run applications on the client machine. The result, says the software's author, is the transformation of installed software into on-demand, available-anywhere services that solve a wide range of previously debilitating IT challenges inherent in application deployments, testing, security, help-desk support and business continuity.

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