When end users think about OS updates, they usually get a notification that tells them their operating system needs an update. The one thing they rarely think about is what has gone on in the background to ensure that they can continue to work once the update has been ratified.
There are two scenarios here; the first is where the end users manage their own machine and they just do the update. The second is where a team of IT professionals have spent weeks preparing the update and checking it has no effects on the underlying dependencies to other applications so that the update can go forwards.
What you rarely see, or even hear about, are the applications, and the applications are the only consideration around the OS update to any IT team. Once the update is done will the applications still run? Will they still run in the same way they did before, with all the protection that was put in place to ensure that the OS does not allow any security vulnerabilities that either the OS or some malicious code in the OS or application can exploit within the organization?
The problem is not all applications will be able to move forwards and these are the things that are needed to move the OS to update – so if you can’t do the applications, you can’t update!
So what apps are we talking about here?
From just the last few weeks I personally have been told about 8, 16 and 32-bit applications, all of these are being looked at for Windows 10 OS upgrades and have been told that they can no longer be used and are turning the tables on the upgrade plans, as they are saying if we can’t have these apps then we are NOT going to do the upgrade.
These apps, you would have thought, would be throwaway items, but they are far from it. We are talking about medical applications, University curriculum software and Government software; all these are vital to the organizations and need to be put into place before the upgrades are moved forwards.
So, what are we proposing is the solution for these applications?
We are delivering back the applications containerized using Droplet Computing’s container technology to isolate the application from the underlying operating system, maintain the functionality of the applications and retain the user familiarity and use the browser as the delivery method.
This enables the Windows 10 migration project to move forwards, the IT staff can then maintain the application estate in a way which they can control and manage, and moving forwards not be controlled by OS updates and continue to use these productive, containerized applications.
The future and planning forwards.
All production applications, irrespective of age, need to be considered when planning for the future, these are the secret apps that people need and will stop the OS upgrades. IT teams’ budgets are not getting larger and, in a lot of my conversations, the IT landscape is trying to be reduced not enlarged.
People are looking for cheaper, more cost-effective solutions to both hardware and software delivery and are looking for solutions that fit into the future visions of organizations but also need to be able to facilitate the past.
Droplet Computing and our partners are able to help with these discussions, and can show you a way to progress your OS upgrade, use your production applications moving forwards and create more time for your IT team to improve your business for the future.