You may be asking yourself – why all the hype on Windows 7 (after the, ahem, lukewarm reception of Windows Vista)? That is until you experience Windows 7 and the doubts easily melt away.  

CNS was part of the Beta test for Windows 7 and most of  our tech’s have been using it since Q1 2009. According to Dave Murphy, head of CNS Managed Services, Windows 7 provides all the core elements that enterprise users seek, plus a little something extra.  “Windows 7 is all about performance and stability,” stated Murphy. “This operating system, to simply put it, just works”. 

 “We recommend replacing systems instead of upgrading your older computer to Windows 7,” says Murphy. Upfront planning and testing is key to a smooth transition. CNS can assist you with  the most important stage of planning – assessing your environment.  During our assessments we review your current infrastructure, data, business applications and how end-users work.  It is vital that the solution be based on how your business users work not just how the technology works.  Read More.

Why Windows 7 for the Enterprise:

Make users productive anywhere
Employees can work with fewer interruptions because Windows 7 delivers solid performance and reliability from day one. With DirectAccess, mobile users can simply and more securely access corporate resources when out of the office. BranchCache makes users in branch offices with slow connections more productive by speeding access to frequently accessed files and Web pages.

Enhance security and control
Windows 7 helps deliver increased flexibility with securing computers and data. Organizations can worry less about sensitive data on lost laptops or USB drives because, in addition to protecting internal hard disks, Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption encrypts external thumb drives and hard disks with BitLocker to Go, and provides recovery keys so that the data is accessible when needed. For enterprises that demand the highest levels of compliance, IT professionals can use new application-blocking tools in AppLocker to dictate which applications can run on user computers, providing yet another way to limit the risk of malicious software.

Streamline PC management
Whether IT professionals manage and deploy desktops, laptops, or virtual environments, Windows 7 makes the job easier. Advanced image management and deployment tools enable IT professionals to add, remove, and report on drivers, language packs, and updates, and push those system images to desktops using less network bandwidth. New scripting and automation capabilities based on Windows PowerShell 2.0 reduce the costs of managing and troubleshooting computers. For enterprises making the leap to client virtualization, Windows 7 helps you more easily maintain virtual machine images with the same tools used for physical images and provide a richer user experience over remote connections.

Now that the market has an operating system worthy of an upgrade, many analysts are predicting demand to soar for desktop and OS refreshes. This is mainly due to the pent up demand that has been building over the last three years as enterprises tabled projects over concerns over the economy. Those concerns have not been brushed aside completely; many organizations are looking for strategies to ‘economically’ refresh their desktop infrastructure.