News End of Support for Windows 7 and the Drive into the Cloud

23. October 2019 – Katrin Luther
Only alternative cloud?
End of support for Windows 7: Is the cloud the only alternative?

As the end of support for Windows 7 draws near, the reverberations in the relevant media come to sound ever more insistent. Representatives of all kinds of stake holders speak out, trying to influence companies still relying on this by now thoroughly outdated version of the world’s dominant operating system to follow their line.

And none more so, naturally, than the software's manufacturer, Microsoft. The Redmond, Wa. software giant uses this self-imposed expiration date fervently and repeatedly as a welcome opportunity to drive its profitable cloud business by urging companies to move from their present on-premises solution to a subscription model. "Fast Track" programs specifically established for this purpose are intended to ensure a smooth transition.

So it might not come as a real surprise that pundits voicing their reservations towards a complete transition to the cloud on grounds of dependencies involved and potential cost traps aren't exactly embraced. Recently, a Microsoft representative was quoted on the German IT Business News Website saying that cost-effective solutions such as using pre-owned Windows 10 and Microsoft Office licenses within the scope of so-called hybrid licensing models were "... not an efficient solution on the long run".

Apart from the fact that this statement was not elucidated any further than referring to a largely unexplained "IT future", we can confirm from our day-to-day sales operations that many organisations from all sectors and proveniences do not seem to be inclined to follow this argument.

Be it Swiss banks, internationally operating industrial groups, or leading healthcare enterprises – the number of organisations is growing every day that meticulously balance the use of cloud versus on-premises solutions in terms of cost-optimised business operations without harbouring the slightest doubts whatsoever concerning the long term efficiency of such a solution.

Obviously, that "hybrid IT models are (only) an isolated solution for a given moment (…)“ is not an opinion that is widely held in real business environments.

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