By Ann Silverthorn
—Tacit Networks and Softricity this week announced a joint solution that gives branch office users on-demand access to centralized, consolidated Windows applications via WANs at LAN speeds. The joint offering combines the Softricity Desktop solution with Tacit Networks' Ishared application acceleration technology to provide branch office users with access to the most current version of centralized applications.
Softricity Desktop, powered by the Softricity SoftGrid platform, virtualizes Windows applications so that they do not have to be installed to the desktop operating system. This makes software upgrades easier, especially for companies with thousands of desktop users, and eliminates conflicts between applications.
"The bridge to Tacit makes sense, because many of our customers have branch offices," says David Greschler, co-founder and vice president of marketing for Softricity. "Up until now, we had to use third-party tools and scripting in order to replicate any changes made at the SoftGrid server to branch offices. Now the IT staff has to make changes only to the SoftGrid server and all those data files instantly synchronize across the WAN so branch office users get the latest versions of the applications in real-time."
Specifically, the Tacit/Softricity solution is designed to
- Eliminate installation and de-installation of applications each time a change is made to an application;
- Enable immediate synchronization of applications from a central server to all branch offices; and
- Reduce WAN bandwidth usage by caching the latest applications on Tacit's Ishared Remote appliances.
"This combination of technologies removes the need to propagate, install, and manage literally thousands of copies of a single application throughout the enterprise," says Chuck Foley, Tacit's president. Tacit and Softricity will jointly sell and market the solution.
The Tacit/Softricity partnership is complementary to the partnership Tacit announced with Packeteer in September (see Tacit, Packeteer link WAFS, WAN optimization). That strategic alliance enables joint customers to consolidate and centralize e-mail, Web servers, and file servers at corporate data centers while delivering optimal application performance to branch-office users.