Spoon releases free application virtualisation system

Seattle-based virtualisation developer Spoon.net this weekend announced the immediate availability of Spoon Studio Express, a professional application virtualisation system to be made available to customers for free.

Spoon claims that its system allows desktop applications to be "packaged into lightweight virtual machines, deployed to the cloud, and launched from any web browser".

We spoke to Kenji Obata about the new release, and what the new product means for consumers and enterprise.

"Our application virtualisation engine allows us to run applications on the local device in an isolated sandbox," Kenji told us. "We're actually using the local system's CPU to run the app."

"That way, it only transfers the bits you're using at that moment."

According to Kenji, this means there are "a number of huge advantages" to this approach.

"The big difference is when you run stuff locally, you get super-high performance, and super-low latency."

But the real advantages come in how robust the new system is.

"Even if your Internet connection cuts in and out, if you're on a laptop, or on an aeroplane, or something, you can continue to run."

The Spoon system actually caches the application locally on the computer, so even if you save a file or a setting, the changes are saved on the local machine, and is the re-synced when the connection resumes.

But the benefits for enterprise are more pronounced, according to the Spoon.net CEO.

"You can achieve the deftness of cloud without having to trust Amazon with physical control over your data," he told us.

Our own National Health Service (NHS) has also integrated Spoon technology into its infrastructure, among other big public sector players like local and national government.

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