Cloudhouse Professional Services on AWS Marketplace

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January 14, 2021 – The Cloudhouse Professional Services needed to support the AWS End-of-Support Migration Programme for Windows Server are now available via the Amazon Marketplace.

AWS customers can now procure the Professional Services needed to package applications in the EMP Application Compatibility Packaging technology quickly and easily.

AWS customers can click here to access EMP Application Compatibility Packaging Services on the AWS Marketplace.

Cloudhouse CEO Mat Clothier commented: “The capability to procure Professional Services from AWS partners via the marketplace was only launched at AWS re:invent in December. As the global Preferred Partner for the AWS EMP Programme it’s important that we make it as easy as possible to give AWS customers access to our services.”

The AWS End-of-Support Migration Program for Windows server (EMP) gives AWS customers a migration path to AWS EC2 for legacy applications dependent on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2.

“Cloudhouse has unrivalled knowledge of the specialist EMP application compatibility packaging technology that isolates the application from the underlying Operating System, enabling the migration of applications to a newer, supported version of Windows Server on AWS,” Mat added.

For more information, contact us here or via email at sales@cloudhouse.com.

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    How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

    Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.

    Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.

    Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.

    Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.

    Packaging and Maintaining Applications
    Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

    Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

    Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

    Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.

    Updating Applications Down Arrow

    Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.

    Operations
    Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

    Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

    Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

    Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.

    Support
    How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

    The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.

    Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

    Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

    Training
    Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

    Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.

    AWS launch EMP Self-Service for EC2 customers

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    October 15, 2020 – Amazon Web Services (AWS) have made the application packaging toolset needed to create EMP packages available for download to EC2 customers.

    The tooling enables anyone with an EC2 account to create EMP packages so that incompatible server applications can be deployed to modern Windows platforms on AWS EC2.

    “As Preferred Partner for the AWS EMP Programme we are delighted that AWS have launched a self-service capability for EC2 customers,” said Cloudhouse Founder and CEO, Mat Clothier.

    “Now anyone with an EC2 account can take advantage of the great technology underpinning EMP to package their legacy applications for migration to EC2.”

    The self-service tool-set is available for customers looking to package an application for migration to AWS EC2. If an AWS customer is needing to package an application for any other platform, such as the desktop, then contact Cloudhouse for help.

    “At Cloudhouse we have the deepest knowledge of the EMP service and toolset of any AWS partner,” Mat added.

    “We have already helped a large number of AWS customers move legacy applications to modern, supported, secure Windows platforms in EC2 since EMP was launched last December, and we are here to help.

    “Although the self-service tooling is easy to use for someone who is technical, many legacy applications are deeply complex and require a high degree of configuration, or they are in-house built and have no support. In many cases the vendor is no longer around, or the version required so old there is little knowledge about how the application installs and operates.

    “In these cases, the kind of expertise that we have built up over ten years of migrating legacy and incompatible applications to modern Windows platforms may well be required.

    “If any AWS customer using the tool comes up against these barriers, please get in touch with us and we’ll help you get your application functioning in EC2.”

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    Further information is available here and the toolset can be downloaded here by anyone with an AWS EC2 account. The launch is accompanied by a series of videos available here.

    For more information on how Cloudhouse can help, email sales@cloudhouse.com or contact us here.

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      How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

      Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.

      Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.

      Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.

      Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.

      Packaging and Maintaining Applications
      Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

      Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

      Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

      Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.

      Updating Applications Down Arrow

      Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.

      Operations
      Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

      Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

      Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

      Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.

      Support
      How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

      The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.

      Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

      Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

      Training
      Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

      Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.

      Migrate ALL applications to Amazon AppStream 2.0 and AWS WorkSpaces

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      “Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution. You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision Windows desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe.” [https://aws.amazon.com/workspaces/]

      “Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed application streaming service. You centrally manage your desktop applications on AppStream 2.0 and securely deliver them to any computer. You can easily scale to any number of users across the globe without acquiring, provisioning, and operating hardware or infrastructure.” [https://aws.amazon.com/appstream2/]

      Summary

      Cloudhouse’s application compatibility packaging solution uniquely helps to rapidly migrate all Windows desktop applications so that they can be deployed to both Amazon Workspaces or via Amazon AppStream 2.0 without any change to code, and then maintained forever within the resulting container.

      No App Left Behind

      There are many reasons why enterprises are migrating their workforce to Amazon Workspaces, or to Amazon AppStream 2.0.  However, if a migration project is unable to move certain applications, then it will be unable to move certain users, resulting in the full benefits of the project simply not being realised.

      One of the most common reasons why an application cannot be moved is that they are old and in their existing state incompatible with, or not supported on, the target environment. Typically, this is either because they depend upon old runtimes like Java 1.3 or .Net 2.0, have hard coded dependencies on the OS, or lack install media.

      In some cases the obvious solution is to upgrade the application to the latest compatible, supported version. But upgrading is not often possible.

      Maybe an upgraded version doesn’t exist, the expertise needed with the application has left the business or the media to re-install the application lost. Or maybe upgrading is simply too expensive, the vendor no longer around, or the end-user experience so different in the upgraded version, associated change management becomes an issue.

      In these cases the natural mitigation is to leave the application where it is, descope it – and its users – from the migration project, and manage the unintended knock-on effects to overall scope, inevitably undermining the benefits that the programme set out to deliver.

      At Cloudhouse, using the experience gained helping organisations across all sectors resolve these issues since 2010, we’ve developed our ‘No App Left Behind’ Migration approach to make sure that enterprises migrating to Amazon Workspaces or Amazon AppStream 2.0 are able to leverage the benefits across as many users as possible.

      The Cloudhouse Migration service takes every single application through a fast, scalable automated process to make them all deployable to Amazon Workspaces or Amazon AppStream 2.0. And when they get there, they’re guaranteed ‘Evergreen’, able to operate regardless of what updates are made to the underlying Operating System.

      How Does Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Packaging Work?

      Cloudhouse application compatibility packaging relies on three key principles:

      • Packaging on the operating system on which the application is supported.
      • Runtime analysis to detect additional resources the application requires after install.
      • The Redirection and Compatibility Engines (AAV) included in the Package.

      Packages include all the application files, required runtimes, components, deployment tools, and the embedded redirection and compatibility engine the application requires to run on the target Operating System.

      The Cloudhouse Auto Packager creates the application compatibility package by packaging the application on the OS that is currently supported by the application e.g. Windows XP. The redirection and compatibility engine, included in the Package, will run in user mode. As the Package is deployed to the target machine, the file type associations are registered, and short cuts created to enable the user to run the application.

      The Auto Packager captures the resources the application’s installer/MSI reads from, and writes to, when it is installed on the operating system it is compatible with. At the end of the install capture process, the Auto Packager performs runtime analysis to capture additional application resources that are unknown at install time, for example changes to configuration files or components that are created at run time.

      The Redirection and Compatibility Engine intercepts the Windows API calls as the application interacts with the local operating system.  The redirected calls abstract the application’s files and registry, stored in the Package, from the local resources and the operating system (NOTE: the Package does not include the legacy operating system, which means you are not running all, or part of Windows XP on Windows 10).

      This means that, regardless of what modern Windows returns from a system call, the application always gets the resources it expected on the Windows version it was packaged on (e.g. Windows XP). This lightweight approach means that the target application can “see” a combination of the redirected and local file system and registry with negligible performance impact on the application.

      How Cloudhouse and Amazon AppStream 2.0 and AWS Workspaces works

      Recap

      There are many benefits from packaging applications using Cloudhouse and deploying them onto Amazon Workspaces or to end users via Amazon Appstream 2.0.

      • Lowers costs by removing the need for extended support for legacy applications
      • Eliminates expensive and time-consuming application refactoring costs
      • Accelerates migrations
      • Retains existing proven business systems
      • De-risks migration and transformation programmes

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        Commercials
        How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

        Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.

        Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.

        Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.

        Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.

        Packaging and Maintaining Applications
        Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

        Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

        Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

        Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.

        Updating Applications Down Arrow

        Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.

        Operations
        Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

        Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

        Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

        Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.

        Support
        How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

        The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.

        Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

        Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

        Training
        Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

        Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.

        Cloudhouse Preferred Partner for AWS EMP

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        Amazon Web Services (AWS) have launched the End-of-Support Migration Program for Windows server (EMP) to give AWS customers a migration path to AWS EC2 for applications dependent on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 that have reached End-of-Support.

        AWS EMP

        Cloudhouse has been selected as the EMP Preferred Partner, working with partners and customers to help drive server migration to AWS.

        What is EMP?

        From January 14, 2020, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have reached End-of-support.

        So that AWS enterprise customers have a migration path to EC2 for applications dependent on End-of-Support platforms, AWS have launched the End-of-Support Migration Program for Windows Servers, or EMP.

        EMP leverages specialist application compatibility packaging technology which isolates the application from the underlying Operating System, enabling the migration of applications to a newer, supported version of Windows Server on AWS.

        EMP will help partners attract End-of-Life Windows Server migrations to AWS.

        While any licensing associated with EMP is included in EC2 subscriptions, partners delivering AWS migration projects will need to incorporate application compatibility packaging into their delivery programmes and services.

        How does AWS EMP work?

        Why Cloudhouse?

        Cloudhouse brings a decade of experience migrating incompatible applications, a deep knowledge of the application compatibility solution underpinning AWS EMP, and an application compatibility packaging service that can scale up to deliver rapid packaging services to AWS customers and partners.

        What is Application Compatibility Packaging?

        To make an incompatible application function on the modern AWS EC2 platform, it needs to be taken through a process called Application Compatibility Packaging.

        The process itself is very similar to the traditional application packaging process most often used to support desktop transformations but the output is an EMP Application Compatibility Package, configured to enable the application to deploy into AWS EC2 without the need to refactor, recode or upgrade the application.

        The resulting Application Compatibility Package includes the resources necessary for the application to run on the newer version of Windows Server as well as all the application files, runtimes, components, and deployment tools, and has an engine that redirects the API calls from your application to files within the package.

        This resolves any dependencies, and decouples the application from the underlying OS. The packaged application can now run on future versions of Windows Server, which means it’s not necessary to upgrade them when the next end of support event for Windows Server arrives.

        How do I take advantage of EMP?

        Contact us here or direct to sales@cloudhouse.com to find out more.

        Click here to read the latest AWS blog about EMP.

        Click here for an FAQ from AWS about EMP.

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          Commercials
          How much does Cloudhouse cost? Down Arrow

          Cloudhouse costs are split into two elements – the licensing required to deploy application compatibility packages, and the professional services needed to create the application compatibility packages.

          Licensing is offered on a per user basis for desktop applications and a per server basis for server applications. There are discounts available based on volumes.

          Professional Services costs are dependent on the nature and complexity of the application. We quote a cost for packaging once we have been able to see the application, or portfolio of applications.

          Contact us here with your requirements and we will provide you with a quote.

          Packaging and Maintaining Applications
          Who is responsible for packaging desktop and server applications? Down Arrow

          Cloudhouse provide the Professional Services to package applications.

          Requirements for Test and Development Down Arrow

          Cloudhouse recommend packaged applications are tested in the standard UAT environments used for natively installed applications, or applications packaged in App-V. The more representative the test environment is of the live environment, the greater the chance of finding any issues prior to go-live.

          Updating Applications Down Arrow

          Service packs and updates can be applied to the applications in a package using the Editor, refer to Updating, Editing and Maintaining Containers which describes how a new snapshot is created for the update, and how it is then applied to the package.

          Operations
          Who manages Cloudhouse operationally within an account? Down Arrow

          Cloudhouse recommends the same team who manage the operations of native apps.

          Automation and Deployment Down Arrow

          Applications running in Application Compatibility Packages can be deployed, and managed with same tools, or scripts used to deploy natively installed applications e.g. SCCM, InTune, LAN Desk. Please refer to Supported 3rd Party Products and Versions for details.

          Support
          How do we know which of our departments/ teams should support the Package? Down Arrow

          The Cloudhouse Package does not include OS components, it only contains the packaged application plus Cloudhouse components. Cloudhouse recommend the same team that is responsible for supporting applications packaged with App-V, or delivered as natively installed applications, support Cloudhouse Application Compatibility Containers.

          Documentation for Service Desk & Service Management Down Arrow

          Full documentation is made available to Cloudhouse partners and customers as required.

          Training
          Do Cloudhouse provide training? Down Arrow

          Cloudhouse offers a full packaging service that can scale to meet any requirement. In the event, however, that a partner wishes to offer application compatibility packaging as part of a wider solution, Cloudhouse will work with that partner. Please contact us here for details.