The real Windows 10 migration opportunity staring companies in the face

We’ve always been told that nothing in this life is certain except for death and taxes. Well, it’s time to add another thing to the list—the Windows 10 migration. Because as of January 2020, we’ll be saying adios to Windows 7 support, making the software a no-no for any business out there.

Unlike death and taxes, however, the Windows 10 migration is a cause for celebration, not commiseration. It promises businesses greater security and enhanced productivity. Yet anyone running headlong towards Windows 10 without being aware of the real opportunity it represents is doing their business a disservice.

The truth is, such a momentous change is the perfect opportunity to rethink the desktop estate. And the word on everyone’s mind should be virtualization.

Speed and ease of deployment

A look at the hard facts of virtual desktops over physical PCs shows how much faster and easier virtualized endpoints are to deploy, especially for Windows 10 migrations:

  • A master copy of your Windows 10 image runs all your virtual desktops. No need for installations on each device.
  • Patches are done centrally across all virtual desktops at once
  • Individual updates for each PC or laptop are no longer needed. Just update the central app master.
  • Removing application access can be done centrally.

Support for changing workstyles

If those were the only benefits of virtualization—as if they weren’t enough—there would be some sympathy for businesses dragging their heels over the switch. After all, they’re just benefits for those IT folks sitting over there in the corner, right? Money would be better spent helping the “productive” teams who are actually engaging with customers.

Wrong.

Desktop virtualization has proven to be great at workplace transformation. That’s because it bridges the gap between data security and manageability and fast access to business information from anywhere with an internet connection.

Meeting multiple desktop needs

Gone are the days when desktop virtualization didn’t work for everyone in the office. When once designers would turn up their noses at thin clients because of a lack of graphics power, they’re now happy to be stuck behind multiple 4K monitors with only a single neat little thin client attached to the back because of the vastly improved capabilities. In fact, you can hear cheers from all desktop workers over the excellent performance of their virtualized desktops—and especially for the new found leg room they enjoy after getting rid of the under-the-desk PC hard drives that once plagued their shins.

The party

Even though the Windows 10 migration is causing a lot of excitement, few parties are likely to be thrown in its honor. That said, if the migration leads to a move from physical to virtual desktops and a workplace transformation that significantly increases a company’s productivity, there’s enough there to warrant opening a few bottles of bubbly. 

About the Author

David Angwin

David Angwin, marketing director, Dell Technologies. David is a leading spokesperson on end-user computing technologies including cloud, mobility and virtualization. Through roles for software, hardware and services companies he has focused on technology solutions for workforce transformation across global markets. Building on his technical background, he has lead global product management and marketing teams and has always looked for how technology can enable business, social and environmental benefits.

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