81% Say Cloud Provides Surprisingly Little Help With Basic Systems Management Tasks


BELLEVUE, WA–(Marketwired – Jul 30, 2014) – Adaptiva, a leading, global provider of add-ons for Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), today announced the findings of a user survey it conducted with over 100 TechEd North America 2014 attendees. Findings reveal that three months after the end of support for Microsoft Windows XP, 53% of respondents reported still running the OS in their organization. Twenty-five percent were concerned about security, while 15% had purchased extended support from Microsoft. The biggest obstacle to migrating from Windows XP was application compatibility (29%), followed by time (15%), cost (4%), and user training (2%). Respondents also showed stronger than anticipated adoption of Windows 8, with 17% moving to Windows 8 or a mixed Windows 7+8 environment.

Nearly half (43%) of respondents represent companies with more than 10,000 nodes (desktops, laptops, servers), including 13% with more than 100,000. Eighty percent of those surveyed were running Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) in their organization.
The greatest challenge holding companies back from automating OS migration is getting the task sequence right (31%), followed by the deployment of PXE servers in remote locations (28%). Twenty-seven percent considered WAN bandwidth their biggest obstacle, while 19% pointed to lack of storage at remote locations.

Although cloud adoption is accelerating rapidly in many areas, a shocking 81% of respondents said the cloud had no impact on their ability to upgrade and patch applications or migrate operating systems. Another 7% said the cloud is actually making it harder for them to perform these basic systems management tasks.

While companies are supporting BYOD in record numbers, mobile devices are having little impact on desktop and laptop infrastructure. A striking 99% of respondents said the introduction of smartphones and tablets had caused no significant infrastructure shrinkage. Fifty-eight percent reported no reduction at all, and 32% indicated “a little bit.”

Of those running SCCM, 66% were running SCCM 2012. One hundred percent of those running SCCM 2007, for which mainstream support ended on July 8, 2014, consider it important to upgrade to SCCM 2012.

About Adaptiva
Founded in 2004 by the lead architect of Microsoft SMS 2003, Adaptiva has grown into a leading global provider of IT systems management solutions for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Adaptiva extends SCCM to run with no infrastructure and provide faster worldwide content delivery — without impacting WAN traffic or end-user systems. Adaptiva’s suite of SCCM add-ins automatically diagnoses and repairs problems with clients and servers, and intelligently reduces IT power consumption. Adaptiva software is deployed on millions of devices in over 60 countries, and is sold directly and through a network of partners and channel resellers. Learn more at adaptiva.com, email or call 425.823.4500.

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