Endeavors Technologies is one of the proponents of one of the important segments of application virtualization, application encapsulation and streaming. The company recently launched a free version of the AppExpress software and made it available on the Internet so that interested parties could try it out before signing on any dotted line.
AppExpress Lite offers all the functionality of AppExpress, allowing administrators, ISVs and the "geeky home user” to discover how easy it is to create streamable versions of existing applications, benefit from license management and quickly deploy applications. The product requires an xDSL connection or better, and two or more Windows PCs on a local area network. Unlike most other application virtualization technologies, AppExpress Lite allows users' virtualized applications to interact with existing installed applications on an ad hoc basis.
"AppExpress Lite allows anyone who is curious about application streaming and virtualization to try it for free,” said Peter Bondar, CEO at Endeavors Technologies. "AppExpress Lite is aimed at those 'geeks' who typically are IT savvy and love playing with new technologies. We're confident they'll realize how application streaming improves their ability to quickly provide users access to applications, on-demand, without waiting for a conventional installation.”
AppExpress Lite and TryItNow include applications that are ready to stream, providing a quick look at application streaming. The application publisher component of AppExpress Lite allows anyone interested in taking a deeper look to convert existing applications into streamable applications.
Next quarter Endeavors' will release Application Jukebox, the next generation application virtualization and streaming product line. Application Jukebox will initially be offered in Lite, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Enterprise editions.
To experience application virtualization and try AppExpress Lite, visit http://TryItNow.endeavors.com.
Other suppliers, such as VMware, XenSource and Virtual Iron have offered free versions of their software. This approach, by the way, is not limited to virtualization technology. Red Hat offers Fedora, an open source subset of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux. SUSE Linux is offering OpenSUSE for the very same reason.
As other suppliers pick up this technology and built application environments upon them, a strong ecosystem emerges. This approach has helped move the technology into the hands of organizations much more rapidly than the orginal supplier could do all on its own. Endeavors clearly is hoping for the same to happen with their technology.
It is also clear that Endeavors hopes to develop a broad portfolio of encapsulated applications prior to the release of its Application Jukebox. (I posted something about this product here) with the hopes of building upon a pervasive base. I bet this approach will win new friends for the company.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. I plan to do the same.