This week's vendorwagggie continues a new theme which is all about application virtualization, and topic that received some traction after I aim a broadside at Microsoft’s policy on not-supporting the virtualization of IE6.
My vendorwaggie is Lee Murphy of Spoon (formerly Xenocode) – Lee Murphy is a Partner Integration Engineer at Spoon. He helps organizations like Autodesk and the US Marine Corps migrate their software from traditional installed applications to cloud-based virtual applications. Spoon had recent new direction, where they continue to service their enterprise business – whilst at the same time becoming provider for applications that any user can subscribe to, and have common applications streamed to their desktop. Here’s a bit of blurb:
Named by Virtualization Review as one of the top two companies to follow in 2011, Spoon is a pioneer in application virtualization and cloud computing technologies. Spoon enables users to launch desktop applications from the web with no install, so you can test and use applications instantly, wherever you are. Today Spoon.net has over a thousand apps available for launch from the cloud with a simple browser plugin. Imagine what’s coming next. Spoon technology helps enterprises centrally manage, update, and deploy applications. Spoon Server lets you host and manage cloud-based apps on your own networks and servers. The easy-to-use Spoon Studio tool lets you convert existing applications into virtual applications that are never installed, but behave and interact like installed applications. Spoon virtualization runs applications in an isolated environment for conflict-free execution, and can be distributed on public and private clouds.
I spent sometime with the Spoon guys to learn more about their technology, and then we lined up the vendorwag for a recording. Here’s the questions I asked them:
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- You recently had a company name change designed to make your more “consumer” friendly. Does that mean Spoon intends to focus on the mass-market more, than enterprise IT market?
- Would you say that “application virtualization” like say “replication” in the storage arena is no longer a product, but a commodity? With Spoon online isn’t the model changing to one of selling service than selling software…?
- It seems with most application virtualization – its up to the end user to do a lot of leg work to find out the best way to “capture” an application. What is Spoon doing to help?
- How does Spoon advertise/publish the final application to the users environment. Do you see this changing in the future.
- If we thinking about applications delivered from the web or cloud – it isn’t just about the application – its about data as well. Is Spoon investigating opportunities in this direction too?
- Many of the application virtualization vendor say you must ‘record’ an app on the OS you intend to run the virtualization application. Exactly how virtualized are virtual applications?