We have all experienced it before: that hour of panic when it’s time for a Windows upgrade. Your favorite software no longer runs on your current Windows OS – oh snap what to do? For the desktop administrator it can be even more frustrating – 50 to 1,000 or more physical desktops that need to be upgraded and tested. An enterprise-wide move from Windows XP to 7 or 8 is a herculean task. Windows upgrades can be time-consuming, frustrating and confusing – especially when they’re being deployed across a whole enterprise.
But for many organizations, the old way of surviving a Windows upgrade is no longer the norm. Today, VDI makes this former frustration a non-issue, while also saving time and money, simplifying operations, increasing flexibility and better protecting your business’s network. Creating a virtual desktop infrastructure has another big benefit: enterprise-wide Windows upgrades are quick, painless and easier to manage than ever before.
Let’s look at what desktop virtualization can do for Windows upgrades:
1. Refresh all virtual desktops centrally.
When a new Windows upgrade is required, VDI enables IT to manage the refresh centrally, which helps them to ensure the upgrade is working and to easily adjust any other software affected by change.
2. Eliminate the need to make changes to endpoints.
Since the desktops are managed centrally in a VDI environment, there is no need to make any changes to the software or systems on individual laptops and desktops. This is true for both virtual desktops and physical desktops that are centrally managed using VMware Horizon Mirage. Horizon Mirage simplifies management of physical desktops by upgrading centrally and pushing the upgrades out to endpoints. This saves end users significant time and frustration – especially in businesses with hundreds or even thousands of device endpoints.
3. Easily comply with regulatory mandates.
Organizations in every vertical must meet the demands of security regulations imposed by various agencies. By quickly and easily rolling out Windows upgrades, VDI enables businesses to keep their software up-to-date and in compliance. This would have been helpful, for example, in organizations that were behind schedule in moving away from Windows XP.
In addition to streamlined upgrades, a VDI environment, such as the Pivot3 vSTAC hyper converged storage architecture delivered in an appliance model, provides a number of other benefits. Businesses benefit from improved protection for data, software and desktops, as well as significant storage capacity for desktops and data– including large graphic files.
For medium businesses to large enterprises with a large number of desktops and other endpoints, VDI is a surefire way to better secure your network, and make central management a reality, while also streamlining the Windows upgrade process, saving untold amounts of time and effort.