Embracing and Accepting Legacy Java Apps with Love and Happiness

Posted by Brad Rowland on Jun 15, 2015 8:31:49 PM

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The AppSense Bigot recently posted part 1 of his “FSLogix first look” series, Managing Legacy or Multiple Java Versions, the EASY Way!

“The beauty I see in FSLogix is that it is very much a simple product - almost reverse app layering, to coin a phrase. It delivers user entitlements to applications based around using a filesystem driver to "reveal" the applications as necessary, rather than delivering them on-demand through app virtualization or layering tech such as App-V, AppVolumes, and the like.”

Surprisingly, an informal survey of our customers and prospects shows that most IT shops are still managing legacy Java apps.  Yes, I'm as surpised as you are.

Some of these older apps have been converted to HTML 5, some are regularly updated to run with “current Java” but many (too many) are stuck in an IT time warp, at least one version off from being up to date. Even more challenging, some of them are out of the control of internal IT, managed and owned by external third parties. This is the kind of problem that screams, “please, make it stop!”

In 2013, one of our earliest customers told us they were using FSLogix Apps for Java redirection and asked us to optimize the user experience for this use case.  They called it the “three click challenge”, meaning they wanted to setup full Java redirection in…. (wait for it)… three clicks. Oh, and… without any packaging or sequencing.  Oh, and… without a PhD or weeklong training class.  When you compare this with the amount of setup, configuration and sequencing that goes into a typical application virtualization approach for Multiple Java Versions it seemed out of reach.

Fast-forward several versions to our 2.0 release and that’s pretty close to what we have. FSLogix Apps 2.0 Java redirection is a solution that works without sequencing, automatically selecting the ‘admin approved’ version of Java for the end user on web apps or executables. We do this using the same image masking in our core product, so Java redirection is included in our base package.

“Overall, it works and it works beautifully. I immediately see how useful this can be and have no doubts that it will be utilized by anyone that is looking for a simple way to manage this type of environment.”
FSLogix Delivers Simple Java Version Management – Mobilebuzz.guru

But wait, there’s more!

Java redirection eliminates the need for sequencing or virtualizing apps.  You can also get rid of those RDSH server silos or VDI workspaces used just for these older apps.  And since Java redirection connects only the apps that need special attention with their older Java version counterpart, which means your latest deployed version of Java is what gets used to more securely surf the open web.

For more information, read our information Java Redirection FAQ, or even better, download your own eval copy and see how quickly and easily you can management multiple Java versions, even a different version in each tab.

All you really have to lose is sequencing, packaging, server silos, security holes, and unhappy users.

 

Topics: AppV5, Sequencing, java, App Packaging, App Virtualization, java redirection

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