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Application delivery definition

Application delivery is the technologies and practices that ensure applications are available to end users with minimum latency and maximum performance. It involves the entire process from the point where an application is developed to the stage where it's delivered and accessed by the end user.

Excellent application delivery is a key part of many successful companies. Netflix, for instance, uses automated deployment processes to smoothly deliver updates and new features to its applications across various devices without disrupting the user experience.

Effective application delivery ensures users can access and use applications smoothly, with low latency and high performance. This leads to improved user satisfaction and productivity. The use of modern practices, like CI/CD, also allows for faster deployment of updates and bug fixes, enhancing the overall quality of the application.

See also: application delivery controller, application management

Challenges in application delivery

The complexity of application delivery processes can lead to challenges. Ensuring seamless compatibility across different platforms and devices can be demanding and the need for continuous monitoring and management of applications post-delivery can be resource-intensive. However, the main issue is usually the application’s security, because vulnerabilities could be exploited even during the delivery process.