GRIMT3CH Technology, Geekery, & General Nerdiness

9Jan/120

Citrix – Applications as a Service


Virtualization is everywhere today, but I am very interested in the idea of applications as a service. Especially in a bring your own device environment. The ability to provide a virtual desktop environment to a standard machine is fantastic, but the ability to pull down just the app you want is amazing. In the education environment this has a huge impact. For example we have 1000 or so Office 2010 licenses. After 3 o'clock rolls by almost all of them lay dormant. What if a student could use them at home over board band. Enter Citrix. We can now provide them with the application they use in the lab, maintain license control, and provide them with better access to technology. Helping fill the void of "I don't have that software at home". I think in the next couple of years the standalone installs are going to be a thing of the past, well I hope so.

The option to pushing out apps  to desktops, laptops, and even tablets is a fascinating idea.  One that I will be coming back to in the future.  All I can say is running Windows 7 and Office 2010 on my iPad is an amazing thing to behold.

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