I was speaking with Coby Gurr and Dan Cook of LANDesk yesterday about the LANDesk Application Virtualization technology. Thanks guys!They were glad to explain that LANDesk's technology doesn't require agent technology. As usual in such situations, my warped and fertile imagination went to work. I could swear that Maxwell Smart was in the room with me, with a saddened look on his face, mumbling something about out of work agents. I just barely prevented myself from requesting that the rest of our discussion be held in the cone of silence. Knowing that a meeting held that way wouldn't be very productive, I kept the comment to myself. I know my friends would be astounded by that.
LANDesk's application virtualization appears to capture and encapsulate a Windows application and its entire supporting environment. This capsule is then compressed and stored in a standard, user mode Windows executable. This compressed executable can then be stored on a USB thumb drive.This would mean a traveling businessperson would be able to take along a presentation, an order database, data sheets on products or services, and still fit everything into a very small overnight bag.
I'm going to learn more about this technology and report on it in a future post.
Would you be willing to leave your laptop behind and travel with only a thumb drive knowing that Windows PCs would be easy to find at your destination? In my case, I'd have trouble with this. How would I play FreeCell on the plane?