Application delivery often goes hand in hand with desktop virtualization, but delivery options are changing as the traditional desktop goes by the wayside.
What about streaming technologies? Or mobile apps? With this guide in hand -- or maybe just on your laptop or smartphone screen -- learn how to deliver the right applications to your end users.
1. App delivery gets a facelift
Application delivery has moved far beyond the basic "just install it." Now, virtual desktop infrastructure and other hosted technologies provide new ways to get apps to end users. In fact, desktop virtualization isn't about the desktop anymore -- it's about delivering specific applications. Get more insight into this new outlook on application delivery with these resources.
2. All about application virtualization
Application virtualization is one way to deliver apps. App virtualization tools -- available from many different vendors -- let you do bulk app delivery and management. Still, not all applications make solid candidates for the job. Learn when to virtualize and which tools are out there. Hint: Think past VMware, Citrix and Microsoft.
3. Mobile application delivery
To meet the needs of today's mobile workforce, you must be able to deliver apps to mobile devices -- whether they're corporate apps or just the file-sharing and social apps workers need to get their jobs done. If you're already doing desktop virtualization, you might think it's a good idea to deliver a user's full desktop to his device, but that's not necessarily the case. Remember -- it's all about the apps.
4. Listen to the experts
One of the best ways to determine how you want to deliver applications is to hear from the experts themselves. In these videos, learn about new perspectives on app delivery in the enterprise and how vendors are working to bring the desktop to mobile.
Six experts discuss the challenges facing IT in the age of consumerization. They explain methods of delivering apps such as streaming, app stores and more, plus a few uses for those technologies. Remember, it's critical to assess the users' needs before making any decision.
5. What have you learned?
Now that you have the tools to make a solid decision about delivering apps, test your knowledge with this quiz on virtual desktop delivery to mobile devices.