New InstallAware Virtualization Creates Royalty-Free Portable Applications

Company: InstallAware Marketing Corporation
Published: 12 October, 2010
InstallAware Marketing Corporation has released InstallAware Virtualization, an application virtualization tool for ISVs and enterprises deploying and re-packaging software products on Microsoft Windows. InstallAware Virtualization creates virtualized applications which run inside a secure sandbox on end-user systems, providing full access to all original application dependencies such as ActiveX controls and dynamic libraries, powered by a virtual file system and registry. InstallAware Virtualization is the result of collaborative effort between InstallAware and Softanics, Inc.

"In the good InstallAware tradition, InstallAware Virtualization brings to market several innovations - both in terms of cost and technical merit," says Sinan Karaca, founder of InstallAware. Unlike VMware ThinApp and Microsoft App-V, InstallAware Virtualization packages do not pre-extract anything on the computer they are running on. They run immediately from a single, truly portable executable file instead, which could reside on a network location, a USB drive, or a physical hard disk.

InstallAware Virtualization is also based on an agentless architecture, which eliminates the need to pre-install agent code on target devices - all that is necessary to run is the single portable executable file.

Again unlike VMware or Microsoft offerings, InstallAware Virtualization is licensed royalty-free, without requiring separate client access licenses for each user. All companies need is one license per developer who will be using the toolkit to create virtualized applications. InstallAware Virtualization also includes PackageAware, a wizard which converts any application to a virtualized application based on a working setup file for the application. The original sources of the application are not required, and the application virtualization project created by PackageAware may be further modified in the main InstallAware Virtualization IDE, using common GUI development metaphors.

"We are excited to be working with InstallAware in growing the adoption of our BoxedApp application virtualization technology," adds Artem Razin, CEO of Softanics. Application virtualization technology enables users without administrator rights to run software on their systems which would ordinarily require those rights. Even if an application requires access to protected system locations, once virtualized, those requests are seamlessly redirected to the secure sandbox. This fulfills application requirements and maintains security on the target computer at the same time.

Application virtualization technology also eliminates conflicts between applications, and enables different versions of the same application to reside on the same computer - even if ordinarily they would be incompatible. The sandbox eliminates all shared resource conflicts, as well as side-stepping all possible errors in deployment and installation.