|What is InstantOn?|
Embarcadero tools managed by the ToolCloud can be installed on a user’s desktop or they can be delivered and run with InstantOn, Embarcadero’s application virtualization technology. This enables tools to be packaged into a single file that runs without installation. The tool runs on the desktop, locally and ‘full power’ but does not change system areas of the OS or registry.
ToolCloud works with InstantOn to provide on-demand delivery
The ToolCloud manages the versions and licenses of the tools the organization has purchased from Embarcadero. Those tools can be full installer versions, or InstantOn single-file versions. TheToolCloud also can deliver InstantOn files to an authorized user, anywhere on the network.
InstantOn products run on a local machine, and are launched from either a local hard drive, or from a network server, via the ToolBox (ToolCloud user GUI).
Embarcadero tool licenses and applications are loaded onto the ToolCloud automatically, as set by the ToolCloud administrator. The tool user can use their ToolBox client to gain instant access to the tools they have been provisioned. Here, the ToolCloud can be viewed as a private cloud for managing and delivering tools, inside of one’s firewall.
Why on-demand tools with InstantOn rather than installing them?
There are several benefits to using InstantOn rather than a full installation:
Why would users want access to multiple versions of the same tool?
A user may need to support an older database or application that is no longer supported in a latest version of a tool. Also, users are often cautious when upgrading to new versions of software, because of their comfort with the existing version. Side-by-side versioning makes upgrades smoother by giving users the comfort of being able to “rewind” to the prior version until they become accustomed to new user interfaces and features.
Embarcadero products currently with InstantOn versions
As of February 2010, the following products are available as InstantOn applications for Windows only: