A year ago, at VMworld 2011, VMware unveiled a new technology under the title Project AppBlast. AppBlast promised to enable remote access to Windows applications and desktops utilizing only pure Web technologies, from within any HTML5-compatible web browser. Project AppBlast generated a lot of excitement at VMworld, with many attendees referring to it as the “star of the show” and “the hottest thing at VMworld.” We, at Ericom, were also very interested by AppBlast since we had released our own HTML5 remote access solution – Ericom AccessNow – several months before. At that time, AccessNow already delivered the benefits promised by AppBlast, and we were curious to see how the two stack up. However, during the year that followed, VMware did not release AppBlast nor did they provide any information or conduct any public demonstrations of it. In fact, they seemed to have gone into “stealth mode” regarding this project. Therefore, we were unable to discover any information about it whatsoever.
When VMworld 2012 arrived, we were curious to discover what’s up with AppBlast. Here is a summary of what we’ve learned:
It doesn’t, because Ericom AccessNow is available right now, and has been a generally available for over 18 months. We’ve already released the second major version of AccessNow, and it has been deployed in production at numerous sites worldwide, to tens of thousands of users. AccessNow supports VMware View, and also Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop (BETA), Quest vWorkspace and our own PowerTerm WebConnect connection broker for VDI and RDS. And it provides remote access to both applications and desktops, virtual and physical.
Several months ago, industry analyst Gabe Knuth wrote an article titled “How long can Ericom’s HTML 5 client dominance last?” Based on what we’ve learned at VMworld, Ericom’s HTML5 remote access dominance will continue to last, at least for the foreseeable future.
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