Just like in streaming multimedia, streaming application is a program that has its necessary components downloaded as needed instead of being installed ahead of time on a computer. Application streaming is a method of delivering virtualized applications. It creates a virtualized desktop that can be managed centrally, yet offers the speed of local execution.
It fosters on-demand software delivery to users. On-demand software delivery helps achieve a lot in software distribution. They can virtualize the local installation and stream the applications, and even the operating system, all from a central distribution server in real time.
This technology is taking advantage of the fact that LANs are getting faster and that most applications require only a small fraction of the total program code in order to run. Once the user is up and running, additional application and operating system components are fetched as needed. After the initial launch of a program, some products allow portions of the applications to reside in a local cache for faster subsequent loads. Applications therefore can be maintained and updated on central servers but run on the end user’s local machine
The idea is to create an environment where applications can be made available on devices in a much managed, controlled way. Another advantage of this centralized management is that it makes upgrades easier.
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