1E, a developer of efficiency software, has launched a WAN optimisation tool to help IT departments deploy Windows 7 with minimum disruption to their networks.
The tool, called Nomad 2012, uses a proprietary algorithm that allocates content according to spare bandwidth on the network.
Nomad 2012 integrates with Microsoft System Centre 2012 Configuration Manager, Microsoft's latest systems management platform.
Geoff Collins, head of product management at 1E, explained the challenges of a Windows 7 deployment: "The main challenge is the amount of data you have to push around the network. A conservative estimate for each machine needing to move to Windows 7 is approximately 20 gigabytes," said Collins.
"That data will include things like the image you want to put on the machine, the applications, and all the user data, which you may also have to move off the machine and then back on the machine when you rebuild it."
He added: "Companies are now also working from more locations, which can mean many more servers and site visits, and many more applications as well. The other challenge of course is disrupting users, as you typically migrate during the working day."
1E claims that its tool can help an enterprise carry out a large Windows 7 migration project without needing to add any servers to cope with increased data demands.
"With regard to Windows 7 migration projects, there are two philosophies. Either you do it as a big special project or you do it business as usual. Our belief is that if you do it as a special project you are letting yourself in for a world of pain. We believe that you should build infrastructure that allows you to do this on an ongoing basis and allows you to do it over and over again," said Collins.
He added: "In instances of extreme low bandwidth Nomad is able to trickle content across the network, very slowly, without disrupting any traffic at all, so you can rebuild machines without any site visit whatsoever."
Collins explains that Nomad operates using a unique algorithm to plot content deployment where free bandwidth is available.
"The way we do this is with a static solution. Nomad serves IT content around the network, but only ever uses spare network capacity.
"It eliminates the need for extra servers, which reduces the cost of infrastructure. It builds in automation in a number of key places, which supercharges W7 migration projects," he said.
He added: "We use a proprietary algorithm that slots all of the IT content into free bandwidth on the network. We believe that this IT content should be secondary to the business traffic that is flowing around the network."
In similar news, it was revealed this week that the University of Birmingham is deploying a desktop virtualisation system to manage its planned migration to Windows 7.
The university is deploying AppSense's User Virtualisation Platform (UVP) across 5,400 staff and over 35,000 student users. The phased deployment of the AppSense UVP will provide continuity of service and enhanced security throughout and beyond the migration.