For the past few years, I’ve been spending the bulk of my time introducing the world to Sphere 3D’s primary product: Glassware 2.0. It’s been a challenging and rewarding process. Challenging because this product is not easy to explain, but rewarding, in that it is groundbreaking and can be customized for a number of specialty areas, including education and healthcare.
Glassware 2.0 is essentially an application virtualization tool, using a container-based approach to give users access to virtual Windows apps hosted on a shared server. What does that mean? Well, with this technology, IT administrators can deliver a single app rather than a complete desktop. For example, if an app requires Windows XP but the user runs Windows 10, administrators can deliver the app and the necessary components to the Windows 10 device, rather than distributing a full desktop.
Glassware 2.0 works by placing the app in a container using the product’s application program interfaces. Once in the container, the app can access the legacy components it needs to run through a Microvisor, which gives the app direct access to the server’s underlying hardware. As part of a Windows migration, administrators would then put that container on a shared server and upgrade the computers. Users can then access the app through the shared server.
Applications are key for all computer users. Whether you use Microsoft Office suite, or some other software specific to your industry, getting your job done is nearly impossible without them. Imagine how much more you could accomplish if you didn’t have to be tied to a workstation just because it had the software you needed.
Using container technology, Sphere 3D’s Glassware 2.0 has made that scenario a reality. Through an exclusive partnership with Microsoft, Sphere 3D is the first to offer application virtualization on any device, and is the first to deliver this inside the Microsoft cloud platform.
Whatever your favourite application is, think about putting it inside of a container, says Sphere 3D chief executive Eric Kelly. Once inside, Glassware 2.0 can move that application to any device virtually, without rewriting the code or changing any of the application or functions, just as if you were using it on your workstation.
Eric Kelly has also noted that by delivering commercial enterprise solutions in the cloud, you no longer need a data centre, since Microsoft has one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world.
No matter how you slice it, Glassware 2.0 is an innovative, exciting product for our industry. And I’m proud to deliver it to the world.