AppSense Labs launches StrataApps to Enable User-Managed Apps and simplify administration

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AppSense Bridges Personal and Enterprise Computing Through Innovative Research and Development
 
AppSense, the leading provider of user virtualization technology, continues to set new standards of IT efficiency and user productivity with the introduction of StrataApps, a new technology developed by AppSense Labs.

StrataApps shifts the burden of managing crucially important, yet relatively low demand applications from an over-stretched IT service department to the users themselves. Separate from the underlying desktop architecture, users are empowered to safely and independently manage their own personal productivity applications such as PDF Readers, GoToMeeting, iTunes, Skype, Tweetdeck and others without disrupting enterprise resources. StrataApps is the second offering through AppSense Labs, which was recently announced as the innovation arm of the AppSense global research and development group focused on creating new technologies that push the boundaries of user-centric computing.

“With the Consumerization of IT, users have adapted to app management with desktops and devices that fit with their personal preferences,” said Harry Labana, CTO and VP of Product Management at AppSense. “StrataApps is an innovative approach to making users accountable for apps they choose without IT interference. As we further develop the product, there are unique monitoring, governance and roaming capabilities that may further support both users and IT demands.”

StrataApps allows users to safely download and install personally selected apps without creating installation concerns while also, and importantly, maintaining a pristine base build. Should a user try to install an app that is not compatible with the user’s environment, IT managers are shielded from any verification or provisioning requirements and a report is generated regarding installation success or failure. To date, a wide variety and diverse set of apps have been tested within an enterprise environment. Through continued research with AppSense Labs and installations made available, IT managers will continue to gain reinforcement that users can choose and manage select apps without impacting the enterprise.

StrataApps is the User Managed Applications Solution that enables you to:

  • Securely introduce applications into a sandboxed environment, completely separate to your underlying desktop environment, even in a locked down desktop and without the need for Admin Rights!
  • Self-service ‘Follow Me Applications’ between your various computing devices.

Ultimately, this means IT can now focus on the delivery of core business applications and users have the freedom to take advantage of self-service application delivery which can roam with them between devices, even combining user introduced plug-in’s and add-on’s with business delivered virtualized applications!

Unlike Application Virtualization, StrataApps provides the ability for users to install and manage their own critical applications into an isolated environment and then access these applications in a seamless manner.  Separating the application(s) from the desktop also paves the way for disposable PC and Bring Your Own (X) strategies as these applications can be stored on network devices or external hard drives and then accessed from the new desktop/device.

“StrataApps enables an organization to focus on the delivery of core business applications while at the same time enabling users to become more productive by managing their own personal productivity applications,” said Ian Cawson, Technical Architect for the Co-operative and winners of the Citrix Innovation Award. “Furthermore by the very nature of application virtualization, as IT consumerization continues to grow, this solution could pave the way for future initiatives and strategies.  We look forward to the on-going development of StrataApps and may consider it as part of our future desktop platform.”

IT managers must prioritize corporate and departmental apps over low demand user installed apps that create the “Long Tail” of application usage. StrataApps reduces the need for IT to be all things to all apps, especially when users make choices on how and what they need to be productive. StrataApps does not replace IT complexities such as protection from malware, isolating applications at runtime or replacement of traditional software distribution. Rather, StrataApps can compliment and accelerate enterprise application virtualization implementations by allowing users to manage their own applications and plug-ins.

StrataApps is available today via a free download as an AppSense Labs release.

Click here to check out the AppSense StrataApps Overview

About AppSense Labs™
AppSense Labs is the research arm of the AppSense global research and development group and is solely focused on creating new technologies that push the boundaries of user-centric computing.  AppSense Labs consists of distinguished researchers from around the world, with pedigrees from leading companies such as Microsoft and Nokia, whose sole focus is to research technologies such as cloud, mobile and data, and to build prototype technologies that bring a consumer experience to IT.
 
About AppSense
AppSense is a global independent software provider and leading name in user virtualization solutions driven to redefining the relationship the world has with technology, by unlocking it, so that technology doesn’t control what we do. AppSense is focused on the creation of game-changing technology solutions that re-write the economics of IT and that become the life-force for a mobile, interconnected, interactive world. With the advent of a myriad of mobile devices, Windows 7, cloud computing, data privacy and ever-demanding employees, user virtualization allows you to unlock the potential of these new technologies.  AppSense has offices in New York and Santa Clara in the United States, London and Manchester in the UK, and additional offices in Munich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Paris and Oslo. For more information, visit www.appsense.com.

If you haven’t seen our interview with Harry Labana, CTO and VP of AppSense check it out here

 

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