Guide to application delivery options

Last updated:November 2013

Editor's note

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.

1All 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.

2Mobile 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.

3Listen 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.

4What 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.