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Vista may not work on half of company PCs

Analyst firm Gartner is warning IT directors and senior IT managers that while most of their firms’ existing PCs will be able to run the new Microsoft Vista in some form, only newer machines will be able to use all its features.

Gartner advises firms being planning their PC strategy now to take full advantage of the new operating system and avoid wasting money on costly upgrades.

Firms should roll-out Vista to new machines gradually after its slotted January 2007 launch date, Gartner recommends, rather than take the more expensive option of souping-up existing systems. Instead, desktops or notebooks with less than 50% of their useful life left —three years for notebooks and four for laptops—should simply be replaced at end of their lifecycle.

Machines will need at least 1Gb of RAM to run Vista and companies wanting to use PC virtualisation during migration phase will need an extra 512Mb. Firms that want to use Vista’s Aero user interface will also need a recent graphics processor.

Gartner believes Vista is on a par with Windows 2000 in terms of upgrade effort, and far more radical a change than Windows XP.

UK boards have little faith in their firms’ security IT directors must fight the lack of faith and confidence UK boards have about security in their companies.

A doubting 38% of the 293 senior managers surveyed by nCircle expect their firms to suffer a network attack this year and 74% complacently think that security issues are a fact of business life.

“Clearly many current security strategies are not winning the war, either in the fight against cybercrime or to win the confidence of their senior managers,” says Kevin Lamb, EMEA operations director at nCircle.

Sky-rise security budgets – up 15% last year according to Infonetics research – have had little impact on their views. Despite the investment, 68% of the managers don’t feel any more confident in network security this year than before.


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