Druva Announces 'End-of-XP' Migration Tool as Support Sunsets
On the official Microsoft Blog, Editor Jeff Meisner said last month that, "A year from now will mark the final milestone for Windows XP - that of its end of support date." Starting on April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will no longer provide any type of support, updates, tech support for the now 11 year old operating system. And with update patterns and software cycles predictable, Microsoft is urging adoption of Windows 8, "...the modern OS for business," according to Meisner.
The amount of overhead and IT costs involved with administrators upgrading, migrating and restoring data from one machine to another could be daunting as the April deadline approaches quickly for enterprises without a plan quite yet.
With these problems in mind, Druva announced upgrades to its inSync platform Tuesday, introducing a new Persona Backup feature as part of its 5.2 release, which should help ease the transition. With no IT intervention required, Persona Backup lets end users save and restore system and administrator settings themselves with a simple interface and mouse clicks.
The ability to adapt to a range of devices, from PC's to tablets, smartphones, touch, type or notebook was another selling point for companies to upgrade to Windows 8 from XP. And this is a valid point as smartphones and tablet use is set to outpace PC's for Internet access in 2013 or 2014 depending on who you ask. According to ComScores 2013 Mobile Future in Focus, 2012 marked the year which, "The U.S. smartphone market finally surpassed 50 percent market penetration and now enters the 'late maturity' stage of the technology adoption curve."Continued on the next page