It’s been a long time since my last post, because we’ve been hard at work on lots of new products. Let me introduce you to the first of those, ZENworks Application Virtualization 11, the latest and greatest version of this innovative product. With this release we have both the traditional ZENworks Application Virtualization product that includes the Studio and Server features, you’ve come to know and love, plus a few new favorites and a Professional Edition version that is available as both a standalone product and as an add-on for customers with the Novell ZENworks Suite.
Let’s take a look at what’s new in these releases:
Introducing Professional Edition and Desktop Containers
ZENworks Application Virtualization 11 Professional Edition introduces the first of many new enterprise grade features planned for our ZENworks Application Virtualization customers – Desktop Containers. Desktop Containers are a feature of the ZENworks Application Virtualization Server component of the product that allows you to create encrypted sandboxes that can house both data and applications. The contents of these sandboxes can be seen and accessed only by users that have been assigned access to the container. Additionally, end users can create their own containers to keep things separated if they desire.
This is a great way to help prevent accidental data leakage on both corporate owned devices and personal owned devices. When containers are used a user must first unlock the container and can then access the applications within that container. They can then make changes to files or create new files with only the applications that are assigned to the container. When saving files from the applications, all files are always saved to the container. Additionally, when files are saved to the My Documents folder of the sandbox, those files are made available to all users assigned to the sandbox so that the users can collaborate with each other.
For a demonstration of how Desktop Containers work, check out this video I created:
You can also see how shared files in the containers work here:
Best of all if you own ZENworks Application Virtualization today, you may already be entitled to the Professional Edition. Check out the Novell Customer Center to find out. Probably worth noting that ZENworks Suite customers aren’t entitled, and will need to purchase the relatively inexpensive suite add-on to get access to these features.
Other Updates in ZENworks Application Virtualization 11
In addition to the Desktop Containers feature introduced in Professional Edition, there’s several additional enhancements for both Professional Edition and standard ZAV customers. These include:
I hope you like what you see, and I’m excited about where we’re going with ZENworks Application Virtualization. Let me know if you’ve got great ideas on how we can make the product even better. Hopefully you’ll hear from me again soon, as I’ve got a lot more exciting things coming to the web soon.