What is application delivery?

Application delivery refers to the combination of services that companies must perform to provide functionality for the end-user or client. Application delivery uses a variety of platforms and technologies to create applications that are robust, available, and scalable.

These applications may live in an on-premises server or cloud environment but, in either case, must be delivered straight to users’ workstations seamlessly and reliably. This ensures that access to critical applications, usually web-based software, will not be disrupted. 

An application delivery platform will help you manage your projects in the most efficient way possible, including prioritizing the applications that are business-critical, identifying applications that experience remote latency issues, and helping reduce traffic by monitoring multiple accesses. 

Behind the scenes, the functional part of application delivery is performed by an application delivery controller, a network component that functions as a load balancer, managing and optimizing how client machines connect to application servers. This can affect data center resource use, end user performance, reliability, and security.

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What is application delivery management?

Application delivery management is the art and science of ensuring all vital applications are available for users when and where they need them. A successful management strategy means that users can achieve fast, predictable, and secure access to applications. 

A recent survey found that only 32% of companies were satisfied with their application delivery management system, and even fewer (27%) were satisfied with their strategy for managing the development and delivery of their applications. Some key things to watch out for in the discipline of application delivery management include the introduction of errors (which occurs more often during manual application delivery efforts), speed to market being affected by inadequate application development, and IT silos acting as an impediment. 

What is application delivery used for?

Software applications power the tasks that most users go to the internet to accomplish. It could be online banking, watching a movie, checking your latest matches in an online dating service, or looking up a recipe. The application delivery services ensure they are constantly available to a large number of users, updated to the latest versions, and operating without lag or latency. 

The proper management of application delivery systems could help companies administer and even produce high-quality applications faster. Sometimes, a company can handle this in-house, but as an organization grows, it pays to go with the pros. 

A BI solution like Sisense has procedures in place to make sure that everyone from CEOs to front-line users is able to access the dashboards and get the insights they need to make informed decisions from day one. Sisense will use information from its load-testing software and internal monitoring capabilities to identify bottlenecks, find any widgets that are lagging, and recommend changes to improve system performance.

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Application delivery is increasingly necessary as more work is being done from home. When many employees use remote access, it can cause surges in software application workloads. This may even affect the daily application load for consumers who are making online purchases and accessing services. Customers expect their transactions to be reliable and quick. And organizations depend on applications for their essential operations. Application delivery solutions are what make all this possible. 

Benefits of cloud-based application delivery

As cloud-based applications and solutions become increasingly common, application delivery systems are also going cloud-based. Moving to the cloud can make your application delivery more efficient, and the automatic configuration will ease the burden on your IT department. 

Here are some of the benefits of a cloud-based application delivery system: 

Reduced costs: Because you’re only paying for what you consume, you’ll spend less. Also, support costs will be reduced because your application will be running at full performance capacity. A cloud-based system also saves on hardware acquisition and maintenance costs.

Simplified infrastructure: You won’t need as much hardware or in-house servers, and the resulting cloud-based system will be more scalable without needing to compromise on quality.

Increased efficiency: Applications with cloud-based, optimized infrastructure will perform faster, use fewer resources, and deliver improved functionality.

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Application delivery can help your organization distribute its web-based applications and solutions to all users, wherever they are and whatever device they are accessing them on.

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