Guess what? Virtualization works for your applications too

 So you’re sold on virtualization being the answer to controlling hardware costs in your organization’s long-awaited great Windows 7 implementation. But, you may be wondering, what about all my apps? In other words, you’ve found a resource-friendly way to implement Windows 7 but you worry that won’t amount to a hill of beans for users if your current applications aren’t supported by the new OS. And the time and cost associated with updating all those apps to make them compatible with Windows 7 just isn’t in the cards.

 Well, not to sound like a broken record, but virtualization can help here too.

 How? It’s quite simple. Once your operating system is virtualized – residing on servers in your new data center – it’s able to work independently of your applications and vice versa. That means with virtualization you can take applications that, say, once only ran on your old Windows XP operating system, place them on a centralized server and deliver them to Windows 7 machines – all the while having them remain completely independent of those machines. [Read more…]

What are your options when your existing PCs aren’t compatible with Windows 7?

Want to save time and money on your Windows 7 deployment? Virtualize!

 If you’re a stalwart IT decision maker who stuck by Windows XP for the last decade, you’re finally coming face to face with the reality of a Windows 7 world. And you’re probably asking yourself: so how do I make the move?

For many organizations, the number one problem will be one of hardware. Until now, all you had to do was run a 10-year-old operating system, so power and performance weren’t much a concern. But Windows 7 is a powerful operating system whose requirements don’t align too well with all those old PCs sitting under your employees’ desks. And upgrading 200 or 1,000 or 5,000 PCs along with rolling out a new operating system is a hefty chunk of change that many if not most organizations simply don’t have right now.

 So again, how do you make the move?

 As with the challenges in storage and servers, the smart and money-saving answer for switching your OS may be in virtualization.

In fact, by virtualizing the Windows 7 operating system, you can extend the life of those antique PCs. How? [Read more…]