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…]

The 3 Challenges Of The New Desktop Environment

There’s a perfect storm out there and it’s causing a radical change to the desktop environment.

The proof is everywhere. Start with the prominent use of Windows XP, a 10-year- old operating system causing a mass migration to Windows 7. Next is a sea of aging client hardware, remnants of down-economy budget crises.

Combine these pressures with an onslaught of new tablet devices, exploding into the enterprise, and you have all the ingredients for a complete transformation in desktop delivery practices. “It’s truly a paradigm shift,” says Scott Harper, Softchoice’s Director of Business Development. “End users want to have full access to a customized desktop experience, for all business applications, on any device, anytime, anywhere.”

In the face of this evolution, IT leaders are dealing with a number of key considerations. We explore what Scott sees as the top three challenges of the new desktop environment. [Read more…]