Virtualization today avoids stress with Windows 10 tomorrow
Windows, with all its flavors, is the leading computer operating system – every user working with a PC-based workplace is familiar with it. In total, Windows reaches an impressive market share of just over 90 percent in the desktop environment (according to www.netmarketshare.com).
While Windows 7 is still the state of the art at most companies (with a market share of 47 percent), Windows 10 is beckoning just over the horizon. And it only rarely generates enthusiasm among IT managers. The year 2020 will see a harsh transition: Microsoft will discontinue the extended support for Windows 7 at this point. By then, at the latest, IT managers will have to think about what they want to do with Windows 10. But they should probably do so a little bit sooner 😉
With Windows 10, Microsoft is taking the next, logical step into an agile world. Companies will enter the loop of “continuous development” for the apps. Major updates in long release cycles will be replaced by minor adjustments on a monthly basis. Companies will have to prepare for this new agility – not only in their processes and organizations, but also technologically.
When we talk to customers today about what Windows 10 means, we often hear the statement: “But that means we’d be better off with virtualization”. The fact is that many companies still run their desktop infrastructures conventionally. This means without virtualization, with fat clients managed individually by users. There are two decisive disadvantages to this type of desktop management:
- during the upgrade to Windows 10, you need to test customer-specific apps to ensure they will continue to work
- the rollout of updates takes much longer (to say nothing of the time required for everyday management).
Speed up your migration with virtualization
Under server-side virtualization, all change management activities concentrate on the back-end servers, where a central image for the application is provided. The user devices – whether fat or thin clients – all access this image. Thanks to virtualization, the application runs on the user device completely independently of the operating system. It simply runs at the data center, you use your end-device just as an input/output medium.
The benefits are clear: you can eliminate complex testing of applications, to ensure they run on specific user devices, thanks to the new operating system. Rollouts take days, not months. And in this approach, the user devices can also use the features of Windows 10, while the application remains unaffected.
You can achieve all of this today with Windows Server 2012/R2, so there is no need to wait until 2020. In other words, it’s time to start thinking about virtualizing your desktop infrastructure.