With a mere four months until Microsoft stops support for Windows XP (April 8th, 2014), we carried out research to understand where companies currently are in their migration. We found that only 6% of organisations had actually migrated all their devices away from Windows XP.
Microsoft’s deadline is looming large, with no further security or technical updates or bug fixes for Windows XP after 8th April. Desktops and laptops running on the operating system may become vulnerable to security threats, including those from hackers and viruses.
The research, conducted by Vanson Bourne and sponsored by VMware and Dell, surveyed 250 IT decision makers across private and public sector organisations in the UK during October 2013. According to the study, organisations still have an average of 24 business-critical applications which only run on Windows XP, with these systems including those that form the foundation of the business such as finance (58%), ERP (39%) and CRM (26%). This data shows a large proportion of businesses may be opening themselves to security and compliance risks by running business critical apps on an unsupported system.
Other key figures from the survey found:
- Only 34% of the IT decision makers planning to migrate were “extremely confident” they would be fully migrated by the deadline
- 35% were not even close to completing migration
- 20% are only partway through, with completion expected after Microsoft support ends.
The results also show that there is a strong demand from end-users to have support from the channel:
- 40% who are planning a migration are doing so in conjunction with a partner or reseller
- 28% are seeking more support from the channel community
You can find out more about your options, and the products and support VMware can provide to help you make the move from Windows here.
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