University of Michigan

Since 01/06/2015

University of Michigan, College of Engineering deploys Application Jukebox to over 1300 computers as an alternative Application Virtualization solution.

The, University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, College of Engineering supported by CAEN (the Computer Aided Engineering Network), was looking for an alternative Application Virtualization solution to replace their existing Microsoft App-V environment.

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor is a public institution that was founded in 1817 - ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 29. The University of Michigan, one of the world's leading public universities, has 28,000 undergraduate and 15,000 graduate/professional students from all 50 states and 121 countries. Students may choose from over 240 undergraduate majors, over 90 master's programs, and over 100 doctoral programs.

The Problem

The College of Engineering supported by CAEN (the Computer Aided Engineering Network), was looking for an alternative Application Virtualization solution to replace their existing Microsoft App-V environment. Microsoft App-V could only virtualize 40% of the CAEN engineering software library, due in part to the size and complexity of many of engineering applications. CAEN needed a new solution that would be able to virtualize 100% of the engineering applications.

The solution in trial

Application Jukebox enables secure, easy and instant access to applications. Once virtualized, applications perform as if they were installed natively.

  • Controls access to applications based on user roles
  • Controls interactions between non-compatible applications
  • Adding new applications on the client computer does not require admin privileges
  • License restrictions and concurrency enforcement
  • Eliminates the need for Sassafras Keyserver for software license management
  • Usage Reporting

The results - deployed fall 2015

Currently deployed to 1300 CAEN and Duderstadt Center computers.

  • 95% application virtualization rate
  • Independent operating system and application deployments
  • Simplified VDI implementation
  • Faster on-demand delivery than full download
  • Easier application patching and deployments
  • Ensures license compliance
  • Eliminated the need to reload computers to release new applications

Tony Austwick, co-founder at Software2, said

“We are pleased by the results we have seen so far from the team at CAEN. Whilst there is still plenty more to do to ensure the project is successful the fact that 95% of apps have been virtualized and on-demand is a great foundation. A larger roll out remains our aim. To achieve this with University of Michigan would be great to all involved and reward for the hard work from the CAEN IT team.”

Don Lambert, Manager of CAEN Student Computing Environment, said

“I’m very happy with our initial roll out of Application Jukebox, from Software2, to the College of Engineering computer labs. We learned a lot in our first semester.  For the Winter semester, we’re partnering with ITS Sites to virtualize applications to the central campus computer in Angell Hall. When complete, this will provided engineering students an additional 170 computers that have access to over one hundred  Engineering Software Library including Unigraphics NX, TeamCenter, Solidworks, Abaqus, Aspen and Ansys.”