One area of small to medium-sized businesses that continues to expand at an exponential rate is the use of mobile application virtualization. Mobile app virtualization is the process of separating the client computer from the software it’s running. Just as a video played on YouTube isn’t actually downloaded to a user’s computer, the software a computer is running isn’t necessarily installed on that machine.

Streaming and Remote Virtualization

The two main types of mobile app virtualization are streaming and remote. A remote virtualization features an application run from a server, which is then accessed from the user’s computer. A streaming virtualization downloads the necessary data for a particular application on an “on demand” basis. Both methods make applications available in a much more versatile manner than traditional deployment. Both streaming and remote virtualization can help an IT department solve problems with greater speed and accuracy than has been possible in the past.

The Benefits

Mobile application virtualization has a number of clear benefits for a business that absolutely cannot be ignored. For starters, it is capable of increasing efficiency by way of mobility. If everything is set up properly, mobile app virtualization can also be a great way to relieve the general types of stress that commonly plague IT departments in companies across the country. Instead of fixing software and application issues on an individual basis, the IT department can fix the problem once on the server level. All employees will then have immediate access to the corrected application. These methods will save both time and money in the long run.

Server-in-a-Box

One great example of how to properly utilize mobile app virtualization in the workplace is with a traditional server-in-a-box setup. These types of systems are very easy to use and are capable of configuring a dedicated server. A server-in-a-box would both make it easier for a company to get its mobile app virtualization servers up and running and make it easier for the IT department to set it all up.

Mobile Information

Another area where mobile app virtualization excels is in the availability of information. Instead of being tied to a physical location by an application that is installed on a particular computer, employees can have access to information anywhere. Be it at home or in the office, an employee can access his or her own data on any computer or mobile device that is capable of connection to the mobile app virtualization server. This is another way that the concept will help save both time and money. If an urgent matter arises, an employee wouldn’t have to drive in to work to get a particular job done. The employee could access the information and use it as needed from any mobile device he or she happened to have without even getting out of bed.

With mobile app virtualization, companies can both ease application deployment headaches for IT departments and make information and access available to other employees in a much simpler and more cost effective way. Old software can be virtualized to take advantage of the mobile environment, even if a particular program didn’t come with that type of native support. Mobile app virtualization is also a great opportunity for forward thinking and innovation. With the shackles of traditional app deployment finally thrown off, a company is free to evolve in a much more natural and satisfactory way.