Microsoft enterprise, the software giant is just about to prepare for the launch of Windows 7, the latest Operating System. The excitement surrounding it is running high. It has been on the display for quite some time now, and industry experts believe that most of the small to midsized enterprises are getting ready to make the shift to Windows 7 within the next year itself. As of now, it’s mostly the preparation time, with the companies planning for the migration and rollout, and testing the compatibility of existing systems, revamping old systems, and designing new ones in sync with virtualization strategies. Win7 adoption level is picking up in a break neck speed, as enterprises regardless of their size are going in for the change.
Bob Kelly, the senior product manager of Dell KACE, says that most organizations say that they will be shifting to Win7 by the next year, and most are initiating the process by identifying the processes and tools by which the upgrade could be started. “With Windows XP support running out, and having skipped Vista, Windows 7 migration is a priority for many companies over the next year,” Kelly says. “Aside from support, many organizations release new operating systems to their users by replacing hardware, and many companies delayed such equipment purchases last year, which contributes to the increased interest and demand for Windows 7.”
Microsoft is believed to be paying much more attention to the businesses with Win7. Silver says that specifically the Enterpriseedition of Win7 has several features that the SMEs will find most helpful. BitLocker and the BitLocker to go are features which are somewhat like the local hard drive encryption software are apt to replace third-party products. Silver also says that another Windows 7 feature DirectAccess, allows users to access a corporate network even if they are without a VPN. Windows 7 MUI (acronym for Multilingual User Interface) will enable organizations to bury lingual differences and is supposed to work better than Windows X.
The users of any of the versions of Win7 are going to get the security improvements which came with Vista and additionally the improved troubleshooting and repair facilities, a new attractive user interface, and also an OS which will be supported into 2020, as against the WinXP, whose security and other supports will expire by April 2014.
Hsu says that in the virtualization arena, it is the educational institutions that are on the forefront to use desktop virtualization to have win7 implemented. “They need to stay on the front edge of technology in order to teach students, but they cannot advance their desktop hardware at the same pace,” he says. So the Educational institutions are having existing hardware (even legacy devices) as the final points and simultaneously using desktop virtualization to produce the Win7 experience.
As of now only few enterprises have completed their migration to Win7, according to Mr. Michael Silver, who is the research vice president and also an distinguished analyst with Gartner; also keeping in mind the fact that there are many who are in the preparation stage, he expects that it will take Q4 2010 or Q1 2011 for mainstream deployments to initiate.