Case Study

Riverside Health System: Planning an automated, accelerated Windows 10 migration with Nomad

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WannaCry was a loud wake up call for most organizations who hadn’t updated their OS to Windows 10. Because Riverside knew they needed to get current, they accelerated their OS migration with 1E tools.

Challenge

April 2014 was a significant date for US healthcare provider Riverside Health System: Microsoft had stopped providing support for Windows XP. Riverside was among the many companies who found themselves with an urgent need to switch from XP to Windows 7 – the only way to ensure protection against potential exploits and new vulnerabilities. With 7,800 PCs and a complex, highly dispersed server estate, Riverside faced a significant challenge in terms of rolling out the upgrade quickly and effectively. To ensure success, it needed an efficient, effective, and automated approach.

Solution

1E’s Nomad provided Riverside with a fast, bandwidth-efficient, and highly automated solution to roll-out Windows 7.

Benefits

Nomad reduced the average time needed to migrate a PC to Windows 7 from three hours to just 15 minutes. Rather than migrating each machine individually, IT staff can set up 5-6 migrations at a time. Nomad made it possible for Riverside to carry out the migration without any impact on end users’ work – eliminating any costs that might have been associated with lost work time.

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Riverside completed its Windows 7 migration a couple of years ago. However, if there’s a lesson in last month’s unfortunate events, it’s that none of us should rest on our laurels. The more up-to-date your software, patches, and operating system are, the better. WannaCry is a loud wake-up call reminding us that we all need to stay current. As a result, we’re planning to accelerate our move to Windows 10.

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Kenny Covington
Systems Administrator, Riverside

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