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Glassware 2.0

Glassware 2.0 is an application virtualization tool from Sphere 3D. Glassware 2.0 uses a container-based approach to give users access to virtual Windows apps hosted on a shared server. The tool relies on the Glassware Microvisor, which is essentially a mini-hypervisor. It isolates the specific parts of the operating system an application needs to run on. With this technology, IT administrators can deliver an app rather than a complete desktop.

Glassware 2.0 is particularly useful when organizations have legacy applications that are not compatible with a new operating system. If, for example, an app requires Windows XP, but the user runs Windows 10, admins can deliver the app and the necessary XP components to the Windows 10 device, rather than delivering a full-fledged XP desktop.

To do so, admins place the app in a container using Glassware 2.0's application program interfaces and web-based management interface. Once in the container, the app can access the exact legacy OS components it needs to run through the Microvisor, which gives the app direct access to the server's underlying hardware. As part of a Windows migration, admins would then put that container on a shared server and upgrade the computers. Users can then access the legacy app through the shared server.

The containers run on a Glassware 2.0-enabled server where they can share binaries, libraries and the Microvisor.

Admins can move Glassware 2.0 apps to the Microsoft Azure cloud with Exosphere, a tool Sphere 3D developed in conjunction with Microsoft. It is designed for organizations that want to deliver legacy apps without building and hosting virtual machines specifically for legacy operating systems.

Glassware 2.0 is an alternative to other application virtualization products such as Citrix XenApp and VMware ThinApp.

This was last updated in January 2017

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