US software vendor Softricity is launching in the UK with a technology to manage applications centrally, while giving users the look and feel of running locally.
The SoftGrid technology uses an abstraction layer to conceal from users on a network the fact that they do not have all the code for an application on their machine.
According to Softricity, 90 per cent of users only ever use 20 per cent of an application. The Softricity technology delivers between 20 per cent and 40 per cent of the code. From the second time the app is used, it runs locally, with additional functionality downloadable as required.
SoftGrid 3.0, launched on Monday, adds the ability to download the entire application to a laptop for offline working, with the option of putting a shelf life on it, after which the user must download again.
Softricity EMEA general manager, Rashied Akrum, said the technology works by running the application through SoftGrid Sequencer, organising it into compressed blocks, then wrapping Softricity's SystemGuard technology round them, with the registry, DLL and .INI information to run it in virtualised form.
Bob Tarzey, senior director at analyst Quocira, said the technology could be "attractive to organisations with a mix of clients on desktop or laptops, and desk-bound people running server-based platforms, for whom Softricity offers cost reduction through a single management layer."
Although SoftGrid only works in Windows or Citrix environments, Akrum said the company is looking to extend its technology to Linux and PocketPC applications.
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