Virtual SMP, Content Pre-Staging, and Peer-to-Peer PXE Help Lower the Cost and Time of Switching to Windows 7/8
SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – Oct 29, 2013) – Adaptiva, the award-winning provider of IT efficiency solutions, today announced the unveiling of a new set of capabilities to aid in Operating System deployment (OSD) for businesses with distributed world-wide networks. The Adaptiva OneSite solution allows companies to conduct OSD rapidly, at a fraction of the cost, without servers, and with no network configuration changes — while never slowing down business network traffic.
According to Netmarketshare’s June report, over 37% of the PC OS market is currently operating on Windows XP. This exposes a large number of companies to serious security threats and software compatibility issues after Microsoft ends Windows XP support on April 8th, 2014. A complete global enterprise OS migration of tens or hundreds of thousands of systems can take years.
Traditional migration processes require server infrastructure at every site, frequent at-desk visits, excessive WAN bandwidth, and hotly-contested network equipment configuration changes. OneSite’s Rapid OSD requires no servers at remote sites and typically no at-desk visits. OneSite lets the systems management team own OSD start to finish, without using business-critical WAN bandwidth and without needing the network team for anything (no IP Helper configuration, no DHCP scope options, no permissions).
Adaptiva OneSite with Rapid OSD facilitates OS migration in several ways, including:
- Content Pre-Staging: OneSite pre-stages OS image files, often 20GB or more, at all sites on a company’s network. Files travel only once over the WAN using Adaptiva’s predictive bandwidth harvesting to ensure no impact to business traffic. On LANs, multiple systems download each file simultaneously. If an OS image file is updated, OneSite automatically creates an efficient, small “diff” file to transfer and apply, boosting performance and saving bandwidth.
- Peer-to-Peer PXE: While traditional PXE serves OS image files from a single server, Peer-to-Peer PXE intelligently selects the best available peer system to serve an image. When migrating several systems at once, it will use TFTP to serve each image from a different peer for the fastest possible OS installs.
- Virtual State Migration Point (SMP): During OSD, each user expects the new OS to retain all their existing settings, preferences, applications, and MB or GB of data. Virtual SMP saves and restores it using zero footprint caching, which aggregates unallocated disk space on computers at remote sites without taking space from end users.
“Operating System migration involves an extreme amount of data and requires a way to manage the distribution and deployment of about 20-25+ gigabytes of data required for most companies,” said Deepak Kumar, CTO and founder of Adaptiva. “Because OneSite is tightly integrated with Microsoft SCCM, it provides an elegant solution that automatically creates a Virtual SAN and Virtual SMP at every network location, making OS migration a much easier task. Our technologies drastically cut deployment times down to as quick as a single day — once the image and task sequence have been created — all without the need for consulting services.”
For a deeper look at OneSite technology, visit http://adaptiva.com/onesite.
Founded in 2004, Adaptiva is a leader in IT systems management software, extending the functionality of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager for enterprises across the globe. Adaptiva’s software suite and underlying platform optimizes existing IT assets for content delivery, PC power management and client health. Adaptiva’s software transforms traditional server based systems management infrastructures into lean peer-to-peer networks that are resilient, highly scalable, and optimize content distribution — delivering significantly lower costs and higher return on investment of existing systems. A Microsoft Gold Partner, Adaptiva is deployed on more than 2 million devices in over 14 countries, and is sold directly and through a network of partners and channel resellers. Learn more at adaptiva.com, email info (at) adaptiva (dot) com or call 425.823.4500. Follow Adaptiva on Facebook and Twitter.
Richard L. Tso
Barokas Public Relations for Adaptiva