Virtual desktop infrastructure with Wisper will profoundly revolutionize the management of computer stocks by providing more simplicity and flexibility. Managing desktops will thus become more economical, quicker, scalable as well as ecological! These benefits make traditional solutions completely obsolete.
Windows 7 and 8 and desktop virtualization
Today, Microsoft operating systems (Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 and so on) represent 89.79% of computers in France, 31.54% of which are running Windows 7. Although Windows 7 is the most common OS in companies, some computers stocks have to deal with compatibility issues with more recent OS with their business applications, forcing them to maintain PCs equipped with Windows XP. Many computer systems are also migrating more toward Windows 8, 8.1 and gradually toward Windows 10.
Virtualizing your desktops running Windows 7 is now mere child’s play, with most publishers, including Wisper, offering optimization and security tools for Windows 7, allowing for an optimized and efficient stock of PCs and making the entire stock homogenous.
Managing a stock of non-homogenous virtual desktops
With desktop virtualization, having a stock of computers equipped with non-homogenous operating systems is no longer a headache. Indeed, it isn’t uncommon to have virtual machines running Windows7, running Windows XP (for business software that isn’t compatible with a more recent Microsoft OS) and running Windows 8. Similarly, it’s very easy to define a pilot user group in order to test out Windows 10 for a possible migration.
These easy management can be explained simply through features that are specific to desktop virtualization: managing master images.
For example, let’s look at a company that needs 3 types of machines:
- A basic image with Windows XP: This image will server users who use specific business software. With only a few clicks, the administration can deploy this image to an infinite number of users, then migrate them to Windows 7 with only a few clicks as well whenever the business software becomes compatible with Windows 7 (as quickly as possible, for security purposes).
- A basic Windows 7 image: This image will mostly serve users for administration, word processing, image manipulation, free-service terminals, training rooms, etc.
- A basic Windows 8 or Windows 10 image: Let’s not forget that Windows 7 support will cease on January 14, 2020, so it’s highly relevant to prepare to migrate to Windows 8 or Windows 10. This timeframe will let you test out all your applications and propose these OS to a panel of a few users (beta testers). Then, this may be followed by a deployment to all the stock of computers with only a few clicks, with reversal also possible with a single click (ITIL recommendation).
Wisper, VDe and Windows 7
Many users of Wisper solutions (ceBox and Neo Desktop Virtualization®) have virtualized their desktops with Windows 7 and are preparing to migrate to Windows 8 and 10. The simplicity of the solution, the management of versions (with each update of the master image, there’s a new version, with backtrack possible with a single click) and the simplicity of deployment are only a few arguments that make Wisper one of the leaders in the sector of virtual desktop infrastructure.