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Upgrading the organisation’s IT estate of desktops, notebooks and tablets to a completely new operating system can be a daunting task. Fortunately, help is available from HP, which offers a full suite of migration services to make the switch to Windows 7 or 8 fast, easy, and worry-free, with little downtime.

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Upgrade Without Downtime

  1. 1. Upgrade without Downtime By Arif Mohamed ?
  2. 2. Upgrading the organisation’s IT estate of desktops, notebooks and tablets to a completely new operating system can be a daunting task. Fortunately, help is available from HP, which offers a full suite of migration services to make the switch to Windows 7 or 8 fast, easy, and worry-free, with little downtime. There are many different reasons why businesses are choosing to migrate fromWindows XP: a key driver being that switching to Windows 7 or 8 is the only way that businesses can keep receiving the latest security updates and support from Microsoft. But there are also many strategic reasons. By migrating to Windows 7 or 8, businesses will benefit from modern, more efficient ways of working, harnessing the power of 64-bit computing, ubiquitous access to data, and always-on computing, among other things. Microsoft has developed its new operating systems with a whole spectrum of features designed to appeal to businesses, from workflow and usability enhancements to new management tools and security innovations. For example,Windows 7 and 8 boot up is much faster than previous operating systems, and they are more stable and efficient.Windows 8 features touch-screen navigation and an enhanced architecture that supports cloud apps, mobility and close web-based communication between teams of workers. Consequently, a strategic move toWindows 7 or 8 can have a transforming effect on the organisation, bringing new workflow efficiencies and ways of working. HP MobilityTransformation Services forWindows HP uses a collaborative approach, working closely with Microsoft, to help businesses transition fromWindows XP to a more current version ofWindows. Both companies have amassed deep and wide experience across the years, and through integrating their products for the benefit of the end user. As a result, HP Enterprise Services can help businesses reduce support and maintenance, increase productivity, lower IT costs, and improve protection from security threats. Page 2 Upgrade Without Downtime? Migration services can help make the switch to Windows 7 or 8 fast, easy, and worry-free HP has a highly-effective services model and is able to harness its large, specialised workforce of trained Microsoft experts, who have the most advanced training tools to enable a smooth and cost- effectiveWindows XP transition process. HP’s flagship service for achieving this is HP Mobility Transformation Services forWindows. HP’s MobilityTransformation Services forWindows takes a holistic and strategic approach to redefining productivity in the enterprise, and achieves the kinds of transformational outcomes that a migration alone cannot because it helps users to get the most from the new generation of technologies. The migration process itself has a number of logical steps, and is tailored to the end user organisation: to their mix of technologies as well as their strategic goals and IT and business requirements. It uses a framework called HPWorkplace Software Management Services, which includes: Strategy and Readiness Assessment, Infrastructure Design and Implementation, Deployment Automation, Enterprise wide Rollout and Education Services. As part of the Strategy and Readiness Assessment, HP will analyse howWindows 7 or 8 will impact and benefit the customer’s IT infrastructure in critical areas such as applications, network, security storage and packaging and distribution. Following the Readiness Assessment, HP’s experts will help to design and plan a migration plan for the company. After that is in place, they will establish automated software distribution; install security patches and application service packs for existing computers; and deploy new devices.They will then carry out operating system image build, application integration testing and certification; ongoing automated software patch and security signature distribution; and management of licences and assets. The main benefit of using HPWorkplace Software Management Services is that it reduces the amount of time businesses need to spend on tactical IT projects, such as deploying an operating system, applications and patches. Instead, they can keep their IT employees and assets focused on their core strategic business projects. In turn, this means they can increase their ability to quickly react to the changing dynamics of the business. Meanwhile, HP’s experts and technicians will ensure the migration is completed with minimum downtime. ITTransformation HP MobilityTransformation Services forWindows is an approach that has the power to move the business from legacy technology and processes to the latest ways of working, onto newer technologies Upgrade Without Downtime? A strategic move to Windows 7 or 8 can have a transforming effect on the organisation, bringing new workflow efficiencies and ways of working.
  3. 3. Page 3 Upgrade Without Downtime? such as virtualisation, cloud, online collaboration and wireless and mobile broadband. Take BringYour Own Device (BYOD) as an example; HP’s services can help businesses to create the IT environment to support the various mobile devices that workers are now demanding.This is because aWindows 7 and 8 operating environment, running on an HP IT infrastructure, is ready to support consumer apps whilst retaining a high level of enterprise security. Furthermore, an HP and Microsoft-based computing system will help the organisation to drive innovation, for example through new ways of working, new form factor devices, and greater integration across the IT estate. HP’s experts can help the IT organisation to find solutions for questions such as how can I provide the best end user experience, and how do I provide a choice of devices for the right reason? Meanwhile, migrating away fromWindows XP and onto the latest operating systems will help the business to move towards self-service cloud-based apps, which is proving to be an efficient and cost-effective way of delivering IT services. In addition, it will help them to incorporate new ways of working - such as social media communities - that can be used both inside and outside the enterprise boundary. By having end-to- end security across the IT architecture, businesses can confidently allow their end-users to access data and apps through any device, from wherever they need to work, and this in turn will drive greater levels of productivity. HP ApplicationTransformation for Client Computing During the migration, HP will help the organisation to maintain a vigilant focus on its applications as it moves to Windows 7 or 8. HP’s ApplicationTransformation for Client Computing Services allows them to discover their applications, rationalise the estate, and package applications for the target environment. (Application Packaging ensures the integrity of the application bundle and the IT environment by using formal procedures to stage releases of software in development, test, and production environments). Central to a successful migration is Application Transformation, part of the HP MobilityTransformation forWindows Services.This comprises an eight step process dealing with the entire application lifecycle from discovery to deployment. Application Metering is the first step, carried out to conduct a forensic assessment of the application portfolio and find out which applications are installed, where they are installed and how they are used. Portfolio Rationalisation is next, which cuts the organisation’s support and maintenance costs by standardising and consolidating their application estate. After this is Discovery. This gathers all the necessary tools and data that will allow the business to transform its rationalised applications, through HP’s factory process. CompatibilityTesting follows to identify whether existing applications are compatible with the target platform. Remediation fixes any compatibility issues through HP’s central knowledge and experience. Next is Packaging and Sequencing, to repackage or sequence the rationalised application estate to enterprise standards for automated deployment. User AcceptanceTesting is the penultimate stage, and is a scheduled and managed process where application owners confirm successful transformation. Finally, Automated Deployment ensures the applications are deployed seamlessly with the least disruption to end-user productivity, and managed and configured correctly. Cloud-based apps are proving to be an efficient and cost-effective way of delivering IT services. Central to a successful migration is Application Transformation an eight step process dealing with the entire application lifecycle from discovery to deployment.
  4. 4. Advanced ClientVirtualisation Services Most commercialWindows XP enterprise applications have updated versions forWindows 7 and 8, but businesses may discover that some cannot be satisfactorily migrated to the newer operating systems and need to be moved to a virtualised environment. Advanced ClientVirtualisation Services are a set of services available from HP which can evaluate legacyWindows XP applications and continue their use through virtualisation, if appropriate. These are fully customisable services that deliver client and application virtualisation on any platform, but specialise particularly in solutions based on HP’s industry-leading platforms.They are delivered together with partner technologies from Microsoft, Citrix orVMWare. As part of its virtualisation services portfolio, HP offers a Client Virtualisation Analysis and Modeling Service, through which it can assess the existing infrastructure to measure its readiness for client virtualisation.This includes capacity planning, resource modelling, application usage, and identification of applications that could prove difficult for application virtualisation. HP Financial Services (HPFS) Finally, the cost of migration may be a concern for some businesses, and HP Financial Services enables qualified customers to simplify their Windows XP transition by offering minimal upfront investment and payment plans. Customers can utilise various HPFS programmes that offer payment deferrals for up to 90 days, or 1% cash back on qualifying transactions (terms and conditions apply.) HP also offers customers a Pre-Provisioning Solution which offers financial and IT asset flexibility. Available across the HP product portfolio, HP Pre-Provisioning Solution helps HP customers avoid long internal procurement cycles by having systems shipped and installed, but only starting their payments when they begin to use the equipment. The advantages are that it can offer up to 12 months of ‘advance IT need’ from day one; it offers predictable per-unit pricing; and it can be tailored to a bundled solution with multiple HP products. HP has the expertise and services to make migrating to Windows 7 or 8 a straightforward affair. It has the hardware, technicians, experience, knowledge and financing to help, making IT transformation fast, easy, and worry-free, with the minimum downtime. By Arif Mohamed Copyright © IDG UK - 2014 Page 4 Upgrade Without Downtime? HP offers businesses the broadest hardware portfolio, giving them very practical solutions when it comes to migrating off legacy hardware. For starters, HP’sWindows 7 and 8 business desktops offer 64-bit computing withWindows 7 Professional 64 andWindows 8 Pro, as well as the latest 64-bit Intel Core quad core processors. From the HP EliteDesk small form factor PC line, to the HP ProDeskTower and MicroTower PC ranges, HP offers slick and fast processing, huge capacity drives, and the very latestWindows user experience. HP has also designed an innovative touch screen desktop, the HP EliteOne 800 All-in-OneTouch PC, which offers impressive performance based on the latestWindows 8 Pro 64-bit operating system, and optional touch screen computing. Secondly, HP can get businesses up and running quickly on the latest notebooks like the new HP EliteBook Folio 1040. Part of HP’s UltraBook range of notebooks, its thinnest business line yet, the HP EliteBook Folio 1040 features enterprise-class features such as encryption, 64-bitWindows 8 Pro, and high-definition video. Also available are new and innovative form factors such as the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 tablet.This ultra-thin notebook rotates to become aWindows 8 touch screen tablet in an instant.TheWindows 8 hybrid laptop has a very practical swivel hinge that enables the user to revolve the screen around and use the keyboard as a stand, or make it fold in and tuck away completely. For businesses that are looking to equip their mobile workforces with tablets, HP’s latest one, the ElitePad 1000 G2, is one of the first to be based on Intel’s new BayTrail Atom 64-bit processor as well as the latest Windows 8.1 64-bit operating system, which was designed with mobility and efficiency in mind.The operating system features touch-screen input; and usability enhancements such as app-snapping and easy access to cloud-apps. Finally, HP has a range of Hybrid PCs, such as the HP Spectre 13 x2 Pro Ultrabook, also featuringWindows 8 Pro. HP Ultrabooks are constructed with durable chassis and hinges, so they can withstand frequent business trips and hot-desking.The Spectre laptops have an ultra-thin design that comprises metal and glass and high-definition displays. Whereas the HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2Tablet revolves and folds into the keyboard to become a tablet, the HP Spectre 13 x2 Pro Ultrabook screen can be detached completely from the keyboard in one move to make it a highly portable and slim-line tablet computer. So, for businesses planning a move away from their legacyWindows XP machines, HP offers a comprehensive range ofWindows 7 and 8 alternatives as well a new generation of highly portable, touch screen- enabled 64-bit computing devices. HP Hardware Options By Arif Mohamed