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Better Together: Why to Combine Your VDI Upgrade and Windows 10 Migration Projects

The majority of today’s organizations are facing an inevitable Windows 10 migration this year. In fact, according to Gartner, 85% of enterprises will have started their Widows 10 deployments by the end of 2017.  Further, with the latest releases of VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop offering compelling new features, organizations using virtualized desktops are also facing major VDI upgrade projects. Don’t do them separately. They’re better done together.

Why? The combination of these two upgrade events gives IT organizations a unique opportunity to capitalize on economies of scale. In fact, when you combine your VDI upgrade project with your Windows 10 migration you can not only speed your time to production for each, but minimize complexity, cost, and user impact.

Here are six reasons to combine your VDI upgrade and Windows 10 migration projects:

1. Seamless User Support

No desktop project would be complete without considering users’ needs first. Users want mobility and unobstructed performance. When you sync your VDI and Windows 10 projects together you can minimize the user learning curve while ensuring that their applications and data are exactly where they expect them to be and perform as they are expected to perform.

2. Faster Time-to-Production

New application customizations, policy alignment, user profile and personalization migration. These steps can take time. And if you perform your VDI and Windows 10 projects separately it could mean having to do things twice.  You could spend considerable effort, for example, to perfect how certain applications render when your Citrix desktops are running on Windows 7, only to have to re-invent the wheel when you upgrade to Windows 10. By syncing the projects together, you’ll dramatically speed development time, improve test cycles and minimize costs, all while improving your user productivity as well.

3. Support for New Devices

Your users are already using Windows 10 on many of their devices. As such, your VDI infrastructure already requires the need for Windows 10 compatibility. Give users the BYOD support they want. Migrate all user devices to Windows 10 so that you only have to adapt your infrastructure once, rather than having to maintain the user experience for both Windows 7 and Windows 10 environments.

4. Improved Application Compatibility

According to a recent survey by Ivanti, The 2017 State of Windows 10 Adoption, application compatibility was the top concern (65%) when migrating to Windows 10. Don’t risk spending time on adapting your new VDI environment to support critical applications only to discover that Windows 10 will impact your effort. By planning and executing your upgrade and migration together, you’ll have better visibility into any application compatibility issues early on so that you can overcome incompatibilities as needed before the start of the deployment. Plus, you’ll enable the delivery of the more advanced Win 32 applications users want such as Skype for Business and OneDrive.

5. Shore Up Endpoint Security

With new ransomware knocking at our desktops’ doors all the time, endpoint security has never been more critical.  Windows 10 architecture is fundamentally more secure than Window 7. But, if you migrate to Windows 10 before you upgrade your VDI, or vice versa, you may end up with security gaps. Only by doing these projects together will you be able to fully validate the secure desktop infrastructure your organization requires.

6. Minimize Implementation and Management Time

The desktop layers you must touch for your VDI environment and Windows 10 infrastructure are the same: the OS layer, application layer, user layer, data layer and security layer. It stands to reason that if you’re going to make changes at each layer, don’t touch them twice. Instead, make adaptations once in an orchestrated and systematic way for both environments, which will help to minimize implementation steps and simplify your infrastructure complexity overall. This will save as much as 25% on hard implementation costs while simplifying your environment for easier management going forward.

In the end, wouldn’t it be nice to make this Windows 10 migration your last major OS migration project? There are additional tools and strategies that can help you automate your VDI infrastructure and OS migration processes so you can eliminate the constant state of migration. This means you’ll have more time to dedicate to those strategic projects that can have a significant impact on your digital transformation goals.


  • Avi Deutsch / June 13, 2017


  • Joe Fistori / June 13, 2017

    Eventually we will get this desktop virtualization thing figured out…Great article Phil, I enjoyed it.