The variety of end user computing devices in commercial, public and educational settings is growing faster than IT managers could ever have imagined. Users want to experience applications on these devices with the same functionality they have come to expect on their traditional desktop computers or dedicated workstations. The software vendors these organizations have come to depend on have their own technology roadmap; one that may not align with that of their end users. Keeping up with today’s shortened lifespan of hardware, operating systems, and browsers, makes it challenging for organizations to provide continued access and support to critical applications for their users. The current proliferation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in the workspace and the consumerization of IT further exasperates the situation.
Optimized for simplicity, flexibility and scalability, Sphere 3D’s Glassware 2.0 platform eliminates the complex tasks of designing, implementing, and maintaining application hosting environments, extending the benefits of secure scalable server-based computing to all.
Glassware 2.0 extends the useful life of applications by decoupling the application from the underlying operating system. Glassware 2.0 can virtualize 16, 32, and 64-bit Microsoft Windows applications* and deliver them with native functionality to most end user devices: Chromebooks, Windows 10 clients, iPads, thin clients, tablets, etc. Glassware 2.0 uses a container-based approach to application virtualization deployed on servers, coupled with a remote presentation capability, to seamlessly deliver applications to end user computing devices. Unlike hypervisor-based approaches, with Glassware 2.0 the application’s host OS is never installed on the appliance (server). Instead, Glassware 2.0 provides only the necessary elements of the operating system an application needs to run. Organizations with older applications can now continue to run them on robust and current hardware platforms free from fears of end of life support and security vulnerabilities.
* Sphere3D professional services support may be required for 16-bit applications
Fast and Efficient Implementation
Glassware 2.0 virtualizes applications without requiring specialized virtualization skills and additional infrastructure. Each G-Series appliance drops-in to your distributed or centralized infrastructure. Using the Glassware 2.0 management interface, administrators can virtualize applications in minutes. User data can be flexibly stored in local or networked storage.