How many IT people do you know who should do comedy? I know at least one, who, when I questioned him about Patch Tuesday, the day Microsoft’s monthly updates come out, asked me if I also wanted him to talk about Crash Wednesday. His deadpan delivery was perfect.
Rightly or wrongly, Patch Tuesdays and Microsoft updates in general can be challenging. Even today, despite all the hard work that Microsoft puts in to making updates as seamless as possible, things can still go wrong.
Windows 10 increases the update pace
Depending on how you look at it, the future for updates looks brighter or worse. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a new Windows-as-a-service model. It means that instead of a new version of Windows being released every three years, Microsoft will issue feature updates to Windows 10 every six months. Monthly quality updates—Patch Tuesdays—will continue, like them or not.
I said brighter or worse because it depends whether you prefer more frequent, incremental updates to deal with or one big change every three years and monthly tweaks.
VDI handles updates—whatever the beat
Personal preferences aside, virtual desktop infrastructure makes the frequency of the updates immaterial—taking away the pain of devices freezing or applications not working when changes to the operating system come down the line. If there are any issues from making changes of any kind, administrators can take advantage of VDI to roll back to the previous image or operating system.
Furthermore, administrators can be more proactive, thanks to the centralized control that VDI gives them over the desktop landscape. After successfully testing an update to make sure it doesn’t impact performance, they can deploy the software across the entire desktop landscape in one go—saving time and money.
30% time saving for updating to Windows 10
Companies embarking on a Windows 10 migration are seeing the savings benefits of VDI. Market researchers spoke to IT decision makers across the US, the UK, Germany, and France, who told them they expected to save 30 per cent in deployment time by migrating to Windows 10 with a VDI. Furthermore, they expected a VDI to save them 63 per cent of the time it would take to complete patches and updates on a non-virtualized desktop estate.
You can read more about the findings in the Using VDI to power your Windows 10 migration white paper.
No more name calling—updates are welcome here
With VDI, Crash Wednesday can become a thing of past. Great news for companies, bad news potentially for my IT friend who loses one of his best lines. And not just that. Patch Tuesday will also lose its negative connotations, and Windows users—particularly companies migrating to Windows 10—can be more confident their time and money are being spent adding value to IT services, not simply fixing updates when they go wrong.
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