Dell helps drive simplification of Windows Vista migrations

Dell has said that it has invented an automated deployment system that can simplify operating system migrations and reduce costs. The firm also said the new system will mitigate risk for clients.

Dell has said that it has invented an automated deployment system that can simplify operating system migrations and reduce costs. The firm also said the new system will mitigate risk for clients.

The Dell Client Migration Solution is described as an integrated set of services and tools. According to Dell, it will cut migration costs by up to 62%. Also, desk-side time and labour costs could be reduced, with a saving of nearly 90%.

The migration system is only this effective at big corporations, however, being designed for migrations or hardware deployment of at least 2,500 systems. It creates economies by simplifying the most common pain points, which include network utilisation, application compatibility and end-user downtime.

"As organisations evaluate their Windows Vista migration they will have to address all stages of the process," said Matt Healey, research manager for hardware and software support services at IDC. "Dell has recognised this and developed a services to address these needs."

The savings come from aggregating the experience of best practices gleaned from millions of deployments, according to Dell. The Client Migration Solution includes services to help customers determine hardware and application compatibility in their client environment, then to plan, deploy and manage migrated systems. The system uses Dell's new automated deployment technologies that, the firm said, will speed the deployment process, reduce post-migration issues, mitigate risk and eliminate network traffic normally associated with deployments.

To complement that, Dell said it would give customers tools and to lend expertise to make technology refreshes a better managed process, with instructions on how to train support staff and end-users.

"Customers migrating to Windows Vista have asked Dell to provide services to simplify the process for them," said Steve Meyer, vice-president for global services at Dell. "So we combined planning with processes and tools to streamline the setup. We can minimise on-site and manual intervention, and simplify the process, helping customers reclaim time and money."

Dell Client Migration Solution is now available the UK, with pricing open to negotiation according to what Dell describes as "customers' unique needs and client environment."




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