EUC Application Solutions Review: Application Virtualization VS. Application Layering
I think we can all agree that end-users leverage applications while they interface with desktop operating systems. For years we have heard about small, large, fat, thin tall, short desktops in all kinds of colors. We have been told countless ways that users can access, touch, manipulate, and move these desktops, but what is often lost in the shuffle of all the madness, is the importance of the application itself.
Users need applications to be productive in their personal and private lives, but lately the line is being blurred between both of those worlds. Which makes it even more crucial from a support standpoint to make application infrastructure decisions that are both cost effective and logical long term.
In the past the application lifecycle was all about products like Microsoft’s SMS and the ability to wrap applications as an MSI. Those packages could then be delivered to endpoints where individual unattended software installs happen natively. The magic was ultimately in the controlled administration within SMS / SCCM and the ability to remove or uninstall the deployed applications, thus maximizing efficiency within the enterprise desktop environment. Over the years various technologies attempted unsuccessfully to improve upon the MSI workflow.
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