What IT teams should expect from the Windows 10 release and how can virtualization address their top business challenges
With the rise of BYOD and enterprise mobility, IT teams are increasingly tasked with supporting consumer devices in corporate environments and ensuring access to apps and data from remote locations – all without an ounce of user experience, flexibility or security being compromised.
The latest release of Windows introduces another level of complexity for IT. Although the new Windows 10 OS promises consumers many improved features, it also means that managing a controlled migration is no longer in the hands of IT. This shift has potential business impacts that enterprise IT teams must address, and app and desktop virtualization offers a reliable solution for maintaining a seamless, “business as usual” transition
Key business impacts:
Computerworld estimates that more than 350 million PCs will make the upgrade to Windows 10 in the first year*. Here’s an overview of the top business impacts IT teams should expect from these upgrades and information on how app and desktop virtualization can help address them.
The Windows 10 release introduces two specific changes: free upgrades that allow employees to upgrade anytime they please and ongoing releases, which means future updates will happen on the go. While updating consumer devices is relatively easy, ensuring employees can access corporate apps and data from their Windows 10 devices, or validating corporate apps will run on Windows 10, can be a challenge.
By using a hosted environment, employees are able to update their end point device’s OS while keeping business continuity with IT supported desktops and apps. This combines the best of both worlds – the user gets the optimal performance of a local workstation but with the freedom of mobility on the device of their choice.
Companies that offer increased flexibility through BYOD and mobility programs have seen employee productivity increase. However, this flexibility can lead to challenges when employees update their operating system and corporate apps are not compatible.
By hosting apps and desktops in a virtual environment and making use of an app compatibility tool, the task of corporate OS migration and updates becomes much more straightforward. IT teams can deliver immediate access to core business apps, even on Windows 10 devices, so employees can stay productive regardless of their device or operating system. And as IT moves to the new operating system, they can test corporate apps before migrating to ensure compatibility.
Keeping data secure remains a top priority for IT. Users need access to their data and want to stay productive from anywhere. Having access from disparate – and potentially unsupported – operating systems and a myriad of devices can increase the risk of a security breach as employees find unsecured “workaround” for getting at their data.
App and desktop virtualization lets users work from anywhere, on any personal or corporate-issued device, using company supported apps and desktops. Sensitive information like IP or customer information remains secure in the data center.
With the release of Windows 10, IT teams must be prepared to support a new era of user-driven OS migration. Businesses that adopt an app and desktop virtualization strategy will find that the solution not only assists with embracing the new operating system, but also offers a multitude of additional benefits related to evolving user experience, flexibility and security demands.
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* Greg Keizer, “Windows 10 forecast: On almost a quarter of all PCs within a year” Computerworld (Feb. 4, 2015)
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