Over the past several years, solutions for streaming applications have entered the marketplace, making a significant impact. Historically, entire program applications were always installed on individual user systems, with the exception to scenarios similar to the use of Terminal Services. We know that only specific parts of computer programs need to be available at any time for the end user to perform particular functions. This means that programs do not require a complete installation on individual client computers, rather parts of it can be delivered over a low bandwidth network as needed. Application streaming is usually combined with application virtualization, meaning that applications are not installed in the traditional sense. Applications can be accessed by a user’s laptop, tablet, desktop, Smart Phone, or iPad and be available to the user even when the device is not connected to a Network. This function allows for much greater compatibility, manageability, increased user productivity and portability of the applications themselves.
The benefits of Application Virtualization include:
- Reduced software licensing fees and maintenance
- Decreased IT Management Costs
- Decreased Client Hardware Costs
- Increased Application and Data Security