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Flexera Software's InstallAnywhere 2012 Enables Multiplatform Installation Development

October 18, 2012
By Rachel Ramsey, Software Licensing Web Editor

Flexera Software is a company that provides strategic solutions for application usage management, helping application producers and their customers strategically manage application usage to achieve continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value. Its suite of solutions, from installation and licensing, entitlement management and deliver to application readiness and software license optimization, meet the needs of application producers and their customers to deliver continuous compliance, optimized usage and maximized value.

The company recently announced InstallAnywhere 2012, a multiplatform installation development solution for application producers who need to deliver a professional and consistent installation experience for physical, virtual and cloud environments.

If you develop applications for multiple platforms in both on-premises and virtual environments, trying manually to create installations for each one is a time-consuming and error-prone process. It often leads to release delays and installation errors that frustrate end users and increase your support costs. For some, a lack of internal resources and skills may even prohibit them from taking advantage of the cloud and virtual environments.

InstallAnywhere makes it easy for even the most novice multiplatform installation developer to create professional installation software for virtually any platform in both physical and virtual environments. It is available in two editions (Enterprise and Standard) and in two languages (English and Japanese).

The new release enables the easy creation of cloud-ready images and enterprise-ready virtual appliances without requiring technical expertise by either the application producer of the end customer. It enables application producers to deploy applications automatically to Amazon EC2, facilitating migration to the cloud. It also enables producers to deploy those applications as enterprise-ready Vritual Appliances (Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Open Vritualization Format (OVF) 1.1 compliant) for easy provisioning to end customers’ virtual machine infrastructure.

"Customers access our products in increasingly complex environments – from physical, traditional environments to cloud and virtual environments – and we need to make it easy for them," said Paul French, vice president, Strategy & Markets, Axway, in a statement. "Flexera Software understands this. InstallAnywhere, with its easy-to-use interface, is the engine that enables Axway to deliver a seamless, consistent user experience when deploying Axway Secure Client on various operating systems in multiple environments."

InstallAnywhere 2012 offers the most extensive platform support in the industry, including support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, enabling application producers to release updates of their own products for all key platforms.

"As an enterprise software solutions provider, providing software not only to our customers but to their customers by the 1000s, we must produce a seamless and uniform experience across diverse platforms while always staying current with support of the latest environments our customers are migrating to," said French. "And migration-readiness means installation-readiness. InstallAnywhere gives us confidence that when deploying Axway Secure Client on new platforms, it will provide a seamless transition from one platform to another without a loss of data, functionality or user experience."

To minimize development complexity and optimize the user experience, InstallAnywhere empowers application producers to simultaneously develop installations for all target environments automatically, from a single project. This enables application producers to enter new markets previously prohibited due to installation complexity, allowing them, for instance, to create cloud-hosted/virtual machine evaluations, demonstrations and virtual labs in a controlled, pre-configured environment.

"Developing applications that run on multiple platforms and in multiple environments does little good if deploying those applications is overly cumbersome and complex -- for either the application producer or their customer," said Maureen Polte, vice president of product management at Flexera Software. "InstallAnywhere 2012 is unique in that it enables the simultaneous creation of all types of installation packages -- from on-premises to virtual and cloud-based -- all from a single project file. No other installation development solution can do this."

Flexera Software also recently announced software tagging capabilities in the current versions of InstallShield,FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, and AdminStudio Suite. Combined with today's announced enhancements to InstallAnywhere, Flexera Software now is the only company that offers a comprehensive, end-to-end tagging solution for the entire software lifecycle.

"Because Flexera Software is the leader in Application Usage Management with a deep understanding of software licensing management for both application producers and enterprises, we're in a unique position to lead in software tagging," said Polte. "Application producers can now automatically create and embed software tags into their on-premises, cloud-based and virtual applications. And enterprises can preserve and create custom tags in the application packaging process, and leverage those tags in their software license optimization efforts."

Edited by Rich Steeves

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