InfoWorld published a brief review of Softricity SoftGrid 4.0, just acquired by Microsoft, comparing it to Altiris SVS in several occasions. It received a score of 7.5/10 (Good) and the following botton line:
SoftGrid’s compatibility quirks mar an otherwise innovative solution to the Windows app management puzzle. The underlying sequencing and streaming technology shows promise, but a reliance on user actions to trigger the virtual environment makes it unsuitable for “headless” agents and services. IT shops considering SoftGrid should also evaluate Altiris’ SVS.
Finally, Microsoft’s decision to acquire Softricity ensures that elements of SoftGrid’s deployment model will eventually become an integral part of the larger Microsoft Server System.