A List of the Advantages
Application layering is the infrastructure buzzword to listen for in 2017 and for a very good reason. It’s going to make VDI and DaaS easier for a lot of companies that have application sprawl.
Introduced by many industry players, application layering is catching on among infrastructure architects and engineers who are excited by the simplicity and granularity it offers. With application layering, they can now leave behind tedious processes—from the repetitive creation of multiple images off of base images to leveraging application virtualization to put apps in separate, rigid bubbles that prohibit interaction with other desktop apps. And that’s just the start of the advantages. Let’s look at them all.
The Granular Advantage
Application layering enables you to package applications and deploy them at very granular levels, giving access to the application via users or groups. Whether you are using VDI or RDSH, the flexibility comes in to play by allowing companies to leverage a non-persistent catalog or pool to simply and easily deliver that application.
The Disaster Recovery Advantage
One of the things that most companies don’t realize is that application layering greatly improves disaster recovery approaches for most companies. That’s because in application layering, the apps are not “containerized.” Without the rigidity of containers, you can replicate your file share where applications are located and roll them out with your pristine Windows 7 or Windows 10 image. The results are faster, simpler disaster recovery, which everyone across IT and beyond appreciates.
The On-Demand Deployment Advantage
Application layering and application virtualization may be very similar, but there is one distinct deployment difference. Application layering offers an on-demand deployment advantage. With application layering you need just one image to manage and push the applications out to the users that need them. This allows for easy updating to the applications. Instead of updating the image every time there is a change, you simply update the application, which saves time and gives administrators and engineers more time to concentrate on other line of business projects.
The End User Experience Advantage
Why is application layering revolutionary when it comes to end user experience? Because absolutely nothing has to be installed. If a user needs to access an application, even for a short period of time, it’s very simple for administrators to roll the application out to the user’s desktop. In many instances, the user doesn’t even have to logoff and log back on. That’s more time saved for IT and for the business.
The Way Forward
As businesses look to the year ahead, many will be searching for ways to improve efficiency and drive more simplicity in environments sprawling with applications of all kinds and origins. Watch for application layering to become the way forward, streamlining and simplifying application management in order to give users greater access and flexibility without sacrificing the oversight and management needed to keep infrastructures safe.