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Businesses unprepared for Windows 10 migration

A new study from WinMagic has revealed that organisations are largely unprepared for when support of older versions of Microsoft’s Windows will be withdrawn in January 2020.The study was carried out during this year’s IP Expo in London when the company surveyed 150 visitors to Europe’s largest IT exhibition and conference on their awareness of the need to migrate to Windows 10.WinMagic’s study found that nearly a quarter of businesses (23%) have yet to start preparations for the migration to Windows 10 and that 17 per cent were unaware of the topic all together with no idea if preparations within their organisation are even in place.Additionally, one third of respondents (30%) had no idea that support for older versions of Windows would stop in less than 18 months’ time.
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Growing migration concerns
Of the attendees surveyed, only 29 per cent were fairly or very concerned while one third (34%) had no concerns about migrating to Windows 10.Those that are worried about the migration cited security and user data loss as their biggest concerns (28%) while 68 per cent feared the migration process could expose their organisation to a security vulnerability. Other concerns included application management (25%), software and hardware compatibility and user disruption or loss of productivity (18%).When it came to actual migration process, 36 per cent had not considered migration technology as an option and 28 per cent of respondents did not know if their organisation was considering migration technology. Additionally, around one third (33%) did not know if they currently had the correct tools in place to deliver a secure migration.VP EMEA at WinMagic, Luke Brown provided further insight on the findings of the company’s survey, saying:“The clock is ticking and if organisations don’t move fast they could find themselves scrabbling last minute to deliver a seamless and secure migration to Windows 10.  The results of our survey show that there is still limited knowledge around what will be a very significant IT transition for many organisations.  IT teams need to act now.  If they don’t, come January 2020 they could find themselves experiencing the worst ever New Year hangover.” 
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Microsoft reveals change in data centre chip choice

Microsoft is set to make a major change in the hardware used to power its Azure data centres.According to people familiar with the deal, Azure will soon use Xilinx chips as co-processors in more than half of its own servers, replacing chips made by Intel’s Altera unit that was previously the exclusive provider for the company’s cloud business. Co-processors are chips that help relive the main processor in a server by accelerating some functions.Xilinx has not commented on the rumoured deal though Microsoft has said that it will continue its relationship with Intel in its current offerings with a spokesperson for the company, saying:“There has been no change of sourcing for existing infrastructure and offerings.”
The rise of programmable silicon in data centres
Before Xilinx’s chips are widely deployed, they will have to achieve performance goals according to one of the people with knowledge of the deal.Programmable silicon has primarily been used in cellphone base stations but now these chips are finding new life as operators of large computer networks use them to speed up some workloads. Intel acquired Altera back in 2015 for this same purpose as the chipmaker looked to give its main Xeon server processors more flexibility.Xilinx is trying to find its place in the growing market for data centre components as tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Amazon have begun purchasing large numbers of server chips. These companies are also looking for alternatives to standard processors as a means of increasing the efficiency of their data centres.Intel’s programmable chip business saw a gain of six per cent during the third quarter with $496m in sales while Xilinx reported a 19 per cent jump in revenue last quarter.Via Bloomberg
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