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IT shops weigh diverse application delivery methods
This article is part of the Access issue of April 2017, Vol. 1, No. 2
Organizations today face the challenge of weighing several different application delivery methods. Many factors come into play, such as security and compliance, the amount and types of apps users need, infrastructure considerations and cost. From native applications to web apps and from virtualization to cloud computing, each delivery method has its advantages and drawbacks. "You can solve a problem five different ways, but which is the best?" said Shawn Umansky, network engineer at Saint Michael's College, a VMware View customer in Colchester, Vt. "You might have a costly project, or you have disgruntled people because it doesn't quite give them what they need. If you don't get it right, it can be a pretty miserable experience." Native apps -- which are installed directly onto a PC or mobile device -- offer the best performance, but they have drawbacks in terms of compatibility and flexibility. In modern, mobile workplaces, there may be many different versions of operating systems in use, from Windows 7 and Windows 10 to ...
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