Andy Winiarski and I are going to be at Synergy 2010 next month to deliver a talk on Windows 7 and how it ties into desktop virtualization. I am there from Product Marketing to provide some color on XenDesktop. Andy will be bringing a consultant’s perspective and will give us some straight talk about real world issues connected with managing both an OS migration and a new desktop infrastructure. We thought we should let you know what we are planning to talk about and encourage you to join us in San Francisco.

We can easily make the assumption that Windows 7 will be on at least some of your desktops within the next 2 years. Given that Windows XP survived so long as a common OS platform in most enterprises, and taking into account user pull for the new OS, analysts are expecting a rapid ramp up which will put stress on IT and its suppliers. Windows 7 was launched almost one-third of the way into the 4th quarter of 2009, yet Microsoft still sold over 60 million licenses.

The first Windows 7 desktop to hit the network will immediately kick off a corporate wide effort to ready users, support teams, and applications for the inevitable upgrade. With this in mind, there are concerns that come up whenever we consider a large technology migration that could affect the way that your company does business. The speed of migration and the availability of staff and budget to attend to it are major concerns. Even if you wanted to make the change in the short term, is it even feasible to expect such a rapid rollout? Data security continues to be a key issue. Bitlocker will help but data is still exposed sitting on potentially 1000s of endpoints both inside and outside of the office. Temporary productivity hits can be severe during OS upgrade – despite best planning, a key resource could be left high and dry due to DoA hardware failures or unforeseen app incompatibilities.

We think that it is an opportune time to consider alternatives to the normal refresh approach to try to avoid these potential migration issues. With large budgets to commit to, perhaps it really is time to renovate your desktop infrastructure. The desktop infrastructure of previous decades is no longer current. Old methods are starting to show their age. Tools that worked well 10 years ago are starting to break and it’s hard to find someone to fix them. And there are new desktop virtualization technologies that are more efficient and cost effective than the old approach to desktops. This is a chance to make an investment in your desktop delivery infrastructure, bringing it completely up to date, rather than keeping your desktop management and delivery methodologies firmly planted in the 1980’s.

We could go on and on concerning Win7 migration and virtual desktops and that’s exactly what we plan to do at our breakout session at Synergy 2010. Make sure that you mark this session on your calendar. You get two opportunities to attend. If you’re really keen, come to both sessions!

SYN330 – Move to Windows 7 the easy way with desktop virtualization

May 12, 03:30 PM
May 14, 01:00 PM

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