Saturday, January 22, 2011


I have just spent the last week getting to grips with product called App-DNA, and I must say I am impressed. OK so what is App-DNA and where does it fit in todays landscape?

I think its best to take a high level view.The simple facts are there is a fundamental shift to IT as a service. If we look at desktop virtualization, it is a key enabler for IT organizations to modernize their existing desktop architecture and how they consume services. Modernization of the desktop environment enables organizations to evolve from a device-centric world to an user-centric model where users can flexibility access their applications and data from any device while providing IT with greater control to deliver increased efficiencies linked to centralization.

Thanks to cloud based mechanisms and faster and more resilient links, the future of end-user computing is shifting away from the traditional desktop. The future will be about the secure delivery of applications anywhere, anytime and on any device type. Whether its a desktop application such as Word, a SaaS application such as, what is key is that the user will be able to gain access to the tools they need from the device they have whatever the location.

I think in 10 years time we will all be casting our minds back to the days when the guys from CityLink would arrive at goods in with a pallet of Dell workstations.

Many IT organizations have already engaged a thought process shift to modernizing their entire desktop environment. In this environment, both the desktop, applications and user workspace are virtualized. Virtualization provides IT and end users an abstraction layer that isolates the applications and the desktops from the operating environment. A virtualized application (such as App-V) is much more stable in its behavior as it does not have write acesss to local machine registry

A classic example would be a shift from a Windows XP platform with locally installed applications to a Windows 7 platform with Virtualized applications or even a session based applications via a 64 BIT XenApp environment. To reach this promised land we need to know how applications will function and how long this takes to get there.

This is where App-DNA fits. In any project, the analysis phase is key in providing timelines attached to deliverables. If we were to perform the application migration and packaging manually it would be in all probability ran with a "finger in the air approach" and a loss of credibility for all involved. App-DNA essentiality provides intelligent remediation, detailed reporting and in my eyes most importantly; reduced risk and cost.

Great product and great guys as well.
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