ASG Extends Reach of Unified Workspace

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    One of the more complex challenges that organizations face in the era of the cloud is providing a consistent user experience across multiple applications running inside and out of their data centers. To address that challenge, ASG Software Solutions created CloudFactory to provide a unified workspace across all those applications. ASG Software today upgraded that environment to add support for virtual desktops and HTML5 applications.

    Torsten Volk, vice president of product management for ASG Software, says version 8.1 of CloudFactory extends the reach of a framework that allows organizations to provide a consistent user interface and experience across multiple applications. All too often, organizations are asking end users to master multiple user experience across tens of applications.

    CloudFactory consists of ASG-CloudCockpit software that is integrated with ASG-CloudStore, through which end users access applications. Volk says that all applications supported by the ASG-CloudStore have published application programming interfaces that ASG-CloudStore invokes to provide a dynamic workspace through which they can all be accessed.

    CloudFactory 8.1 ASG

    With the latest release, ASG is now making it possible to access those applications via Citrix (ICA) and Microsoft (RDS) technologies or via ASG AppMirror, an agentless HTML5 remote application delivery, in addition to existing support for VMware virtual desktops.

    In effect, CloudFactory turns multiple backend applications into “headless services” that organizations can access via a single user interface without having to build the infrastructure needed to accomplish that themselves. Once that capability is in place, that should mean the days when the level of workflow inside most organizations is defined by cutting and pasting data between different cloud applications should mercifully be coming to an end.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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