Another piece of the Symantec virtualization suite is its Workspace Streaming technology acquired from AppStream back in April 2008. This streaming technology advances the company's virtualization offering by providing the on-demand delivery mechanism and centralized license management that is so greatly needed. And following the lead of other virtualization solution providers, Symantec quietly released an SDK for its Workspace Streaming 6.1 offering. The SDK becomes important for those organizations integrating Workspace Streaming into a larger automated workflow.
One of the technical writers at Symantec, Jacob Hammons, provided the following explanation around who should use the new SDK and why:
Since the SDK uses WSDL and web services, you don't need to be an advanced programmer to use it (I'm definitely not!). You can let your development tool do the heavy lifting by generating proxy classes, then you can access the Streaming functionality the same as any other library (you can even rely entirely on intellisense like I do). This is a big change from the days when you needed C or Java experience to write to a product's SDK.
So, what exactly can you do with the SDK? You can assign applications to users, update package values and provisions, view current sessions, generate reports, and about every other task you perform in your day-to-day management. More importantly, you can integrate these tasks into self-service portals, scripts, and workflow tools to save time.
If you want to get started with the SDK, Hammons offers the following resources: The Symantec Workspace Streaming 6.1 SDK Guide, a video to help walk you through the basic steps required to set up Workspace Streaming, and a link to download the Workspace Streaming SDK (click Trialware).