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May 2017, Vol. 1, No. 3

Application layering frees up IT management

Over the past few years, a number of companies have addressed the challenges of application management by taking a more simplified approach known as layering. Although each company's technology is different, they all view applications as something that can be compartmentalized and layered on top of a base Windows installation. This approach applies not only to physical desktops, but to virtual desktops as well. The main benefit of application layering is that IT can spend less time managing and deploying most apps in an organization, which frees up time for other tasks and lets admins focus on the apps that are really challenging to maintain. Three-headed monster Originally, IT simply installed applications as needed. But as IT evolved and applications increased in number and complexity, admins developed new ways of dealing with them. First, they put applications in base images, which resulted in multiple images with different sets of applications and no simple way of installing updates. Then, IT moved to distributing app ...

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