What is Application Compatibility?

Many businesses are learning that the biggest challenge of migrating to a new operating system (OS) is application compatibility – and one of the biggest concerns right now is how to simplify a Windows XP migration. As Microsoft phases out Windows XP, they will also discontinue XP support – this means that businesses must migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8 if they want avoid damaging security breaches and costly compliance violations.  A traditional migration could take 18 to 24 months, which is time that many organizations simply don't have.  Many also lack the IT resources needed to dedicate to migration efforts.

Businesses frequently underestimate the time, cost and potential headaches caused by application compatibility. Lack of planning can present more costs downstream; however, organizations facing this challenge can use automated testing to determine if and how applications can be repackaged, remediated or virtualized to run in the new environment.

How does Citrix help with application compatibility?

A migration using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops simplifies the transition from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 while transforming the environment in preparation for future strategic business requirements. Instead of being consumed by application compatibility issues, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops will enable organizations to immediately start delivering apps and desktops for the applications already known to be compatible.

Citrix products for application compatibility allow organizations to:

  • Address legacy or incompatible applications with remediation or replacement
  • Enable a gradual transition off from one OS to another
  • Lighten the migration burden on IT resources
  • Provide users uninterrupted access to apps, regardless of operating system

Related terms: application management, business continuity plan, VDI, Windows XP migration

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