Enhancing deployment and management for Virtual PCs in enterprise environments
MED-V v1 has released
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) provides deployment and management of virtual Windows desktops to enable key enterprise scenarios. MED-V 1.0 helps enterprises upgrade to the latest version of Windows even when some applications are not yet compatible.
MED-V builds on top of Microsoft Virtual PC to run two operating systems on one device, adding virtual image delivery, policy-based provisioning and centralized management.
MED-V is one of the six technologies in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). Read MDOP 2009 announcement.
"MED-V saves us time in standardizing our desktop across the multiple entities of the Belgacom group", says Eric Opitom, Office Automation Domain Manager at Belgacom, a provider of integrated telecommunication services, "With thousands of users in our environment, MED-V will significantly reduce the time required for testing and migrating the applications we have."
The challenge of legacy applications
Incompatibility of legacy applications with newer versions of Microsoft Windows can often delay enterprise upgrades to the latest version of Windows. Testing and migrating applications can be time consuming, and meanwhile users are unable to take advantage of the new capabilities and enhancements offered by the new OS. By delivering applications in a Virtual PC that runs a previous version of the OS (e.g., Windows XP or Windows 2000), administrators can remove the barriers to OS upgrades.
Read the EMA case study
Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization: Advantages
Centrally create, deploy, and update virtual PC images throughout the enterprise
Provision virtual images and user policies according to business affiliation and requirements
Accelerate the upgrade path to new Desktop OS-legacy applications continue to run in a virtual environment with a previous OS version
Simplify IT integration of new subsidiaries by running two IT environments concurrently (i.e. the corporate one and the acquired company’s one)