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Guest post: Seven ways application virtualization can simplify any Windows7 migration



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June 2, 2010 7:03 am

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Guest Post by Grant Ho, Director Solutions Marketing, End User Computing

Here are seven ways application virtualization can assist with a successful Windows7 migration.

  1. No more application conflicts: Virtualized applications are packaged with app files, settings, runtimes and components so they run immediately and smoothly as if they were installed locally without conflicts.
  2. Fewer service desk calls and increased productivity: When apps are tested and run virtually, you can easily find out if there are OS conflicts and you can determine which OS platforms allow applications to run most efficiently.
  3. Time savings: Some application virtualization solutions include pre-configured templates that allow customers to virtualize and deploy apps in as little as 20 minutes.
  4. Cost savings: Application implementation time is reduced, saving testing, packaging and support time – a direct factor in cost savings via fewer support calls and IT staff hours.
  5. Variety of distribution channels: Application virtualization, because it’s virtual, can often take place via CD/DVD, thumb drive or via the Web without requiring additional servers or resources.
  6. Security, security, and more security: Virtualized applications can run without requiring access to file systems or registries. Now users can run the applications they need without putting their Operating System at risk.
  7. Virtual on virtual: When testing, it’s possible to run application virtualization on virtual machines so that you experience even more time savings. When performing subsequent tests, you can just use a snapshot of that machine instead of re-imaging an entire environment.

If you are interested in learning more about ways to reduce the pains of migrating to Windows7, we’re hosting a series of events this spring. Chances are we’re coming to your city and you can get firsthand view of real-world solutions.

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