Benchmarking IE6 Virtualization: VMware ThinApp vs. Symantec Workspace Virtualization


Our Application Packaging Services team wanted to measure the performance of different virtualization products. Below we use SpyStudio to compare ThinApp and Workspace Virtualization performance. Both Symantec and VMware highlight the use of application virtualization to run legacy web applications. There is a huge number of mission critical web applications that only run correctly on Internet Explorer 6 and while companies may be able to afford the cost of migrating applications to modern browsers, they cannot afford even a short application interruption. Virtualization allows companies to continue to run their legacy applications while moving to more modern technology.

The challenges of virtualizing IE6 are not limited to rendering HTML: Java applets, ActiveX, and Flash must also be virtualized. This benchmark compares how long it takes to: launch Internet Explorer 6, launch IE6 and navigate to Nektra’s blog, and open Internet options. We ran each test ten times. SpyStudio can also be used to benchmark specific bottlenecks in plugins and components and to identify compatibility issues.


Launch IE6

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Launch IE6 and Navigate to

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Open Internet Options

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These benchmark results show that Symantec Workspace Virtualization is faster in all three tests.

Symantec Workspace Virtualization was an average of 71 % faster when launching IE6, 75 % faster when launching IE6 and opening Nektra’s blog, and 73 % faster when launching IE6 and opening Internet options.

You can easily benchmark these and other virtualization products yourself with SpyStudio. Download a free trial here.

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See Also

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