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Super-charging delivery of software applications
If you have to update 1000 computers with new software, how do you do it? You can have 1000 users all bring in their devices. You can use the “fat-client” application delivery method, where you send out a small army of field technicians to walk from desk to desk with a master DVD, but it’s an individual-touch update process that’s time-consuming and never goes as quickly as you’d like.
Or you can use a virtual application delivery, where the software and operating system are hosted in the datacentre or the cloud, and staff use their devices as portals to access them. The single location means that patches, updates and installs only need to be done once – on the server – and when users access them, they’ll always have current, secure copies of the software.
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Here’s how you can deliver the operating system and software applications to your end users:
- With Server Based Computing, the operating system is hosted on the end user device and the applications are hosted on a server in the datacentre. This is a common set-up for tablets and smartphones, which come with built-in operating systems that are often incompatible with corporate applications. Server based computing allows you to use the applications you want regardless of your operating system and device, without any compatibility issues.
- Under Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), both the applications and the operating system run in the datacentre and are presented on the device. For administrators, this means updates can all occur in a one-stop-shop and the data is all secure in the datacentre. For end users it means that they can access their data and applications from any device – whether it’s laptop at work or smartphone on the road.
- With Streaming, users download only the tools and applications they want on an as-needed basis; the other applications live on the server, where they are accessible to users but not taking up space on local hard drives until they are required. Because only a single copy of the software is required, licensing, patching and updating are all simplified and less expensive to manage.
- For Application Readiness, knowing which applications are compatible, meet your standards, and follow best practices is an important step in providing the best experience for your end users as well as ease of management. Using our AppAnalyze and AppFactory services, you can get the right insight into your applications and package/virtualize/remediate them accordingly, mitigating any unpleasant surprises those applications may exhibit when deployed to your environment. Click here for more information.
With the new model of application delivery, you can provide your users with the software they need regardless of the hardware they have. Because none of the applications are stored on the devices themselves, they are ideal for Bring Your Own Computer and Bring Your Own Device programs. Because the datacentre does the heavy lifting, an organization can reduce the total cost of ownership, gain agility and align easily to business demands.