500 Million Windows XP users need to migrate before April 2014

At midnight on the 8th April 2014 all Microsoft support for Windows XP (& Office 2003) will cease.

After support ends, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates. Continuing to run Windows XP in your environment from April 8, 2014 exposes your company to potential security risks, as unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security threats that are constantly evolving, even as your PC operating system has been freeze-dried.

Over time :

  • Windows XP will gradually become less and less secure as malicious software targets what will then be an open door
  • More and more new devices will be incompatible with your PC estate as manufacturers drop their own support for Windows XP in favour of newer operating systems.

According to Gartner, the global installed base of PCs at the end of 2013 will be 1.63 billion units. Given that approximately one-third of those PCs are still running Windows XP, that means that with 6 months to go, almost 500 million machines remain to be upgraded or replaced.

That’s roughly 2.5 million units per day between now and midnight on the 8th April 2014.

Viruses, ransomware, worms, Trojans, keystroke-loggers and anything else written to hack, infect, snoop or steal from users on Windows XP on or after April will live without fear of Patch Tuesday.

Running vulnerable systems that could potentially expose customer data  in regulated markets could land businesses with a big-fat compliance bill, privacy lawsuit or a slap on the wrist from regulators.

Those who have clung onto Windows XP this long may also have made their problems larger, as moving is no longer just a simple upgrade. Such has been the leap in hardware requirements for Windows 7 or 8 that your corporate “beige box” probably won’t be able to cut it unless its less than 3 years old.

If you’re sat looking at your expansive estate of Windows XP workstations and hoping for comfort we can offer only that you’re unlikely to be on your own on 8th April. Plenty of companies, even those who are upgrading, will miss the date. Amongst the late movers are the UK Health Service (85% of their PC estate) and HMRC (85,000 PCs).

What should you do?

Well, obviously you need to migrate away from Windows XP and that means beginning your preparation now.

As you’re going to re-invest in Windows and MS Office then now might be the time to evaluate Hosted Desktop as a solution to your IT needs. You get resilient, managed IT services and a commitment to keep you current plus your client devices do not have to be as capable (or expensive)

There is no question that Windows XP has been an outstanding operating system for most of its 13 years, however, the world has moved on. Have you?

Get in touch if you’d like more information on how to migrate before the deadline and to find out whether Hosted Desktop could be a fit for your organisation.

Further expansion at entrustIT

Autumn 2013 will see Virtual Desktop providers entrustIT expand into additional premises at their head office in Ringwood, UK, doubling available space for their support team in preparation for additional personnel.

CEO Jeff Dodd commented “we were already looking for additional space and were resigned to having to uproot the whole team in early 2014, however, the opportunity to take the adjoining unit means we have sufficient space for another 3 years at least and reduces staff uncertainty.”

After a brief refurbishment process, the new suite will be used to house the management, accounting  and administration functions, giving the support team room to expand and to provide new areas for server build, hardware maintenance and implementation projects.

 

Corinnium embrace Hosted Desktops

Corinium Global Intelligence, an events organiser based in Covent Garden, London have selected Virtual Desktops from the entrustIT product range to support their new business.

Delivered in less than a week, the new environment enables Corinium personnel to access their systems from any web enabled location and to flex their IT requirements up and down to match the changing staffing patterns of their business.

Liquid Expat Mortgages migrate to entrust hosted exchange

Liquid Expat Mortgages, based in Manchester, UK and Victoria, British Columbia, have migrated to products from the entrustIT cloud services range to support their growing business.

Although LEM were already users of cloud IT, they needed a provider with a more pro-active attitude to service and support because the international nature of their client base makes them intolerant to downtime and “out of hours” was a concept that didn’t apply.

An outage at their previous provider had left them unable to communicate with customers for almost a week; meaning something more robust was required.

entrustIT handled the entire migration project with limited input from LEM, dealing with a number of third party providers and keeping downtime to an absolute minimum.

Virtual Desktop customers gain control of support issues

Virtual desktop providers, entrustIT have provisioned a web based support system allowing customers to view service status updates, browse a knowledge base and report new issues to the support team.

As well as creating new support tickets, an entrust user will be able to track the progress of their existing tickets and exchange information with entrust support. Customer administrators can see all tickets for their organisation.

The Support System can be found here and will require an entrust UserID and Password.