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Application deployment

(also software deployment)

Application deployment definition

Application deployment refers to all the processes involved in making software available for use. This includes installation, configuration, running, testing, and making necessary changes to the software. It's a crucial part of the software development lifecycle.

See also: application delivery controller, application management, Windows deployment services

Application deployment process

After the software has been tested, it's then moved to the 'live' or production environment. This is where users can start to use the software. The deployment can be done by hand or automated with special tools like Jenkins, Docker, or Kubernetes. The way the software gets deployed can vary depending on what kind of software it is (like if it's for the web, desktop computers, or mobile devices) and where it's being deployed (like on a company's own servers, in the cloud, or a mix of both).

Application deployment issues

  • Configuration discrepancies: Differences between staging and production environments can cause unexpected problems during deployment.
  • Compatibility issues: The software may not be fully compatible with all operating systems or devices it is intended for.
  • User disruptions: Without proper strategies, the deployment process can cause disruptions to the user experience.
  • Security risks: Improper handling of deployment can expose vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious parties.
  • Data loss: If not properly managed, data can potentially be lost during the migration process from staging to production environments.
  • Version control challenges: Without adequate deployment strategies, it can be difficult to manage and track different versions of the software.