Spoon (formally known as Xenocode) recently launched an application virtualization and streaming product set designed to deliver applications without the need for a traditional download and installation process. This means it would be possible for an individual to visit a website, review available Windows-based applications, click on an application and start using it nearly immediately.
Spoon has developed technology delivers applications using the hypertext transfer protocol (http) that can work on the Worldwide Web or an organization's own in-house network. Due to how the application is encapsulated and delivered, the company is claiming "Unprecedented streaming performance." This technology also results in a single server being able to support over 10,000 users.
Here's how Spoon describes their products:
- Spoon Server – Allows enterprises and software developers to stream apps to the Web and desktops with a single click – over 5 to 20 times faster than traditional downloads, with zero installs.
- Spoon Studio – Virtualizes existing apps for deployment within the Spoon ecosystem.
- Spoon.net – An online app library powered by Spoon Server offering a live demo of Spoon technology plus hundreds of popular applications pre-streamed for customer use.
Once implemented, it is likely that this approach could reduce administrative costs by making downloads and installations self-service rather than requiring a member of the IT staff manage the process. This approach should also make distributing application updates easy too. The Spoon server supports most versions of Microsoft's Windows Server and both 32- and 64-bit environments. The company is offering a number of pricing plane (per server and per application) making it possible many organizations' business requirements to be addressed.
This appears to not only be a wonderful opportunity to use spoon-based puns, it also appears to be an interesting way to address the complexity application installation and maintenance creates. If you'd like to try it out yourself, why don't you wander over to spoon.net?