Skipping Ahead to Windows 10

December 1, 2014   //   Microsoft Windows, , , , , ,

Dynamic IT is changing the landscape of how we manage and deploy both software and hardware to corporate workers. Windows 10 is no exception. Microsoft’s newest iteration of Windows marks a significant milestone in its evolution and is well-worth paying close attention to. Read my blog to learn more about the new features in Microsoft Windows 10 that are helping IT managers and decision makers stay ahead of the curve.

For client tablets, laptops and workstations, the Enterprise Technical Preview of Windows 10 is currently available for download. The new OS should be immediately familiar to most users, as it was designed to cater to businesses and as such is modeled in the same vein as Windows 7 and the now-retired Windows XP. The most obvious and noticeable expression of this is the return of an enhanced start menu, which dates back to Windows 95! While legacy compatibility is important for continuity, there are many contemporary features to support new form factors, touch-based interfaces and high-DPI resolution displays. One notable security enhancement is the ability for BitLocker to containerize sensitive data so that it remains encrypted, even if it leaves the device.

Yet the revised client is only one part of the story. The Technical Preview of Windows Server vNext is also available and there are some significant feature advancements within that make it quite compelling – particularly in the area of virtualization. Windows Server vNext will support rolling Hyper-V cluster upgrades, which will greatly ease the process of keeping a cluster current without having to rebuild it from scratch. Windows Server vNext’s Storage Replica can also perform similar functions for disks as Hyper-V Replica does for VMs – providing us with a game-changing approach to disk-based mirroring between servers. Finally, a Production Checkpoint of VMs is now application-consistent over and above a standard snapshot.

Need greater manageability? Download the System Center Technical Preview (which will be released alongside the client and server) in order to leverage next-generation capabilities, termed Software Defined Everything as opposed to just Software Defined Networking. It is anticipated that this System Center upgrade won’t require a complete rebuild of the management platform either. But basic support for the new OS will be back-ported into the existing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 offering.

With constant change happening at breakneck speeds, some of you may be cautious about rapidly adopting the newest and latest technologies. Windows 10 is not completely new, all of the core Win32 API functions that business-critical apps have relied on for decades are still present within the OS and accounted for. This means the majority of existing software should work right out the gate and many of the other OS functions have been compartmentalized in order to cater to the form factors of different device types, such as tablets and smartphones.

The bottom line is: Windows 10 is a mature product at its core that continues to grow with new features and increase usability.

There are many reasons why you should start thinking about your organization’s transition into the next generation of Windows. To get ready for Windows 10, contact SWC to discuss the best long-term Dynamic IT strategy for your business.

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