Software Distribution Tools

Software Distribution Tools Overview


Software Distribution Tools (or software deployment tools) automate the process of delivering software to all endpoints on a network. This makes it easy to setup new workstations, push updates, or get new software installed on specific network devices. Software distribution tools also provide a way for administrators to be aware of what software is installed on what devices.


Businesses use software distribution tools to automate software installation and save time for their IT professionals. Many software distribution tools also allow businesses to create software repositories so that there are prebuilt packages that can be sent out to any endpoint in just a few clicks. Self service installation is also often possible using software distribution tools.

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GitLab is a complete open-source DevOps platform, delivered as a single application, fundamentally changing the way Development, Security, and Ops teams collaborate and build software. From idea to production, GitLab helps teams improve cycle time from weeks to minutes, reduce development…

Microsoft Intune

Microsoft Intune (formerly Microsoft Endpoint Manager), combining the capabilities of the former Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM or ConfigMgr, is presented as a unified endpoint management option. Microsoft Intune is an endpoint management solution for mobile…

Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center Suite is a family of IT management software for network monitoring, updating and patching, endpoint protection with anti-malware, data protection and backup, ITIL- structured IT service management, remote administration and more. It is available in two editions:…

JFrog Artifactory

JFrog Artifactory is a software repository management solution for enterprises available on-premise or from the cloud, providing fast release and pipeline automation.

PDQ Deploy

PDQ.com headquartered in Salt Lake City offers PDQ Deploy, a software deployment tool used to keep Windows PCs up-to-date without bothering end users.

Heimdal Patch and Asset Management

Heimdal™ Patch and Asset Management automates vulnerability management, as an automatic software updater that allows the user to deploy the latest feature and security patches for any Microsoft, 3rd party, and proprietary software. The solution aims to save the user's time and…

AppsAnywhere

AppsAnywhere is a software delivery platform that gives students and staff access to the software they need to get their work done wherever they are, both on and off campus. Boasting more than 2 million students at over 200 universities and colleges worldwide, the vendor states…

Key Features

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AWS CodeDeploy

AWS CodeDeploy is a fully managed deployment service that automates software deployments to a variety of compute services such as Amazon EC2, AWS Fargate, AWS Lambda, and on-premises servers. AWS CodeDeploy aims to make it easier for users to rapidly release new features, avoid downtime…

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite

Symantec's Ghost Solution Suite is an imaging and deployment solution.

Tanium

Tanium, headquartered in Emeryville, provides two solution packages: Unified Endpoint Management and Unified Endpoint Security. The vendor states this approach reduces complexity, improves efficiency and closes the gaps between operations and security. Tanium can also be delivered…

Ivanti Patch

Ivanti provides patch automation via Ivanti Patch, available for a SCCM, Ivanti Endpoint Manager, as well as Linux, Unix, and Mac.

SmartDeploy

SmartDeploy, now from PDQ.com (acquired January 2022), provides a software deployment solution supporting computer imaging, app deployment, driver management, and Windows migration.

KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA)

KACE Systems Deployment Appliance (SDA) is designed to save time and money by providing the user with a flexible and effective OS imaging and software deployment tool.

EMCO MSI Package Builder

Icelandic company EMCO Software offers MSI Package Builder, a software distribution solution.

Parallels Device Management

Parallels Device Management enables users to centrally administer PCs, iPhones and iPads, including Mac management, with a simple plug-in. The vendor states the solution: Extends Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) for unified device administration.Improves IT performance,…

Paragon Deployment Manager

Paragon Deployment Manager is designed as a cost and time effective centralized software deployment tool for bare-metal and dissimilar hardware.

Centurion Setup

After putting a lot of effort into your software, it's time to distribute it. Don't spend weeks wrestling with a complicated installation builder when you are so close to being done. According to the vendor, Centurion Setup is easy to use, and you can have a professional installation…

k0s Kubernetes Distribution

k0s is a Kubernetes distribution supported by Mirantis, that enables users to deploy and run Kubernetes workloads at any scale on any infrastructure. k0s is designed to reduce the complexity of installing and running a fully conformant Kubernetes distribution.

Dist

Dist provides Docker Container Registries and Maven Repositories with a focus on simplicity and reliability. Private repositories for internal development and deploymentProtected and public repositories for software distributionDist works with native tooling (Docker, k8s, Maven, Gradle,…

Huawei Cloud Application Orchestration Service (AOS)

Application Orchestration Service (AOS) on Huawei Cloud automates cloud resources provisioning and application deployment based on templates the user define.s A graphical template designer and a large number of free sample templates enable users to create custom templates.

Liquit

Liquit is an application management saas platform that extends the user's work-from-anywhere capabilities. It is sold and supported by the company of the same name in Ridderkerk.

Ninite Pro

Ninite is presented as a safe and easy way to install or update software. Ninite Pro users can manage Windows PCs (Windows 7 and later) in a live web interface. Install the lightweight Ninite Agent on machines and they instantly appear on the web for simple point-and-click management.…

Homebrew

Homebrew is a free package manager for MacOS and Linux.

Packagecloud

Packagecloud is a cloud-based service to store and distribute different software packages without owning any infrastructure. Packagecloud can be used to manage packages on-premise or in the cloud.

Learn More About Software Distribution Tools

Software Distribution Tools Overview


Software Distribution Tools (or software deployment tools) automate the process of delivering software to all endpoints on a network. This makes it easy to setup new workstations, push updates, or get new software installed on specific network devices. Software distribution tools also provide a way for administrators to be aware of what software is installed on what devices.


Businesses use software distribution tools to automate software installation and save time for their IT professionals. Many software distribution tools also allow businesses to create software repositories so that there are prebuilt packages that can be sent out to any endpoint in just a few clicks. Self service installation is also often possible using software distribution tools.

Software Distribution Tools Features & Capabilities

Software distribution tools typically include the following features:

  • Software distribution

  • Endpoint software analysis

  • Software repositories

  • Software package creation

  • Self-service software installation

Software Distribution Comparison

The first consideration you should make when choosing a software distribution tool is what your endpoints are like. If your business is using entirely Windows, or macOS devices, you should choose a software distribution tool that is tailored to those endpoints. On the other hand, if you use a variety of different types of endpoints, you should be sure to choose a solution that can support all of them.


You should also consider other features of the software distribution solution. Many solutions also come with features like version control and build automation.

Software Distribution Pricing

Pricing for software distribution is based on the number of users supported and charged monthly. Businesses should expect to pay at least $10.00 per user per month, with that rate increasing as more features are required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What businesses benefit most from software distribution tools?

Software distribution solutions tend to benefit larger businesses more than smaller businesses as larger businesses have more endpoints and employees that need software. Smaller businesses may be able to get by without a software distribution tool as long as the staff is tech savvy.

Do software distribution solutions include version control?

Most software distribution tools include at least some limited version control features, allowing IT staff to push or revert updates. Some software distribution tools do offer fully featured version control suites for developers.

Do you need a different software distribution tool for Mac, Windows, and Linux devices?

Some software distribution solutions are specialized for specific types of endpoints. Microsoft offers their own software distribution solution for Windows and Linux devices, for example. On the other hand, some software distribution solutions are more generalized and work for many end points.