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Summary

The development and use of web applications that use browsers as the access gateway is increasing. However, the complexity of understanding compatibility issues with applications and the relevant browser remains an area that organizations have only a limited capability to assess. Browsium has announced an extension to its product portfolio to address this gap in the market.

Compatibility of browser-based applications has become an issue with the launch of Windows 10

When Windows 10 was released this year it came with yet another browser technology, Edge, which replaced IE as the default browser. Speaking from personal experience I have had many web-based application issues with Edge since I upgraded to Windows 10 in September. Browsium announced a new product to its range of solutions that enables organizations to analyze and obtain deeper visibility into the browser environment and how web-based applications perform.

Browsium Proton provides a comprehensive ability to understand web-based applications, the add-ons used by the applications, and how these interact with the browser. Ovum believes that web-based application visibility is an area where IT administrators are struggling to get timely information. There are solutions on the market that allow these environments to be analyzed, but these are typically the tools used when performing an autopsy on why a web-application has failed. Proton provides a near real-time analysis of the complex interaction between the web-based application and the run-time environment on the client. Ovum believes that Proton’s most useful capability is its ability to understand the web-application and the browser environment to assess any compatibility issues. This is of particular use when organizations are planning a client upgrade of either the operating system or the browser, or both. The second significant value that organizations will gain from more visibility into the environment and the web-application is in relation to maintenance work, such as the frequent need for Java patching. However, an area where Proton currently does not provide an answer (other than showing the details about) is solving the memory leak issues experienced with some browsers and the impact on performance.

Appendix

Further reading

“On the Radar: Browsium”,IT017-003936 (April 2012)

Author

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

roy.illsley@ovum.com

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