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 Products

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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 Endpoint Manager (Microsoft Intune + SCCM)

Microsoft Endpoint Manager, combining the capabilities of the former Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, SCCM or ConfigMgr with the mobile device management application Microsoft Intune, is presented as a unified endpoint management option. The former Microsoft Intune…

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:…

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.

Action1 RMM

Action1 RMM is a cloud-based Remote Monitoring & Management (RMM) solution created for MSPs and IT professionals to manage endpoints, comply with security standards, and support remote end-users. From Action1 RMM’s centralized dashboard, users can manage and monitor endpoints,…

Symantec Ghost Solution Suite

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

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.

EMCO MSI Package Builder

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

SmartDeploy

SmartDeploy headquartered in Seattle provides a software deployment solution supporting computer imaging, app deployment, driver management, and Windows migration.

Ivanti Patch

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

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 Remote Installer

Icelandic company EMCO Software offers Remote Installer, a software distribution option.

CA Client Automation

CA Client Automation from Broadcom is a client desktop management solution to increase the efficiency and security of desktops, laptops, servers and devices with user self-service, policy-based client automation and robust analytics. It also unifies the management of your physical…

Parallels Device Management (formerly Parallels Mac 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,…

License4J Floating License Server

Floating License Server is a small server application responsible for the hosting and management of floating licenses generated by License4J License Manager. The License4J Floating License Server download package includes two components: management GUI tool and License Server application…

Digital.ai App Management (formerly Apperian)

Digital.ai App Management (formerly Apperian) is an enterprise mobile app management (MAM), acquired by Arxan Technologies in January 2017 and now owned by Digital.ai, the company formed from the merger of Arxan with XebiaLabs and CollabNet VersionOne. it aims to simplify the management…

License4J Auto License Generation and Activation Server

License4J Auto License Generation and Activation Server is a web application to handle license generation, auto activation/deactivation, online key validation and blacklist check requests.It is a simple web application which includes all licensing jobs starting…

Paragon Deployment Manager

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

JFrog Distribution (formerly Bintray)

JFrog Distribution (formerly Bintray) is a universal software distribution solution.

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…

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…

Micro Focus Deployment Automation

Micro Focus' Deployment Automation solution allows users to manage deployment pipelines, aiming to streamline software deployments with drag-and-drop simplicity, orchestrating complex deployments across all delivery environments and integrating with CI / CD tools.

Syxsense Secure

Syxsense Secure is an IT management and security solution that combines vulnerability scanning, patch management, and endpoint security capabilities in a single cloud console. With insight into the health of every endpoint across a network, users get the peace of mind that comes…

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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.

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.