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
Mobilize any application on any device starting at less than 50 cents/hour [less than a penny per user/hour/application]!
G-Series Cloud on Microsoft Azure:
- Containerizes 64-, 32-, or 16-bit Windows applications from Windows 3.1 onwards; applications built on other operating systems may be containerized through a Sphere 3D Professional Services engagement
- Highly scalable – Glassware 2.0’s light-weight container-based architecture offers significantly better application session density – up to 10x – compared to hypervisor-based traditional solutions
- Reduces TCO by 75% through significantly reduced infrastructure investment and traditional application virtualization support overhead.
- Extends the useful life of Windows applications by untying them from underlying operating system dependencies for easy deployment to any device.
- Fast and efficient to implement without requiring specialized virtualization skills or added virtualization infrastructure investment.
- Improves security through reduction of potential malware attack surface.