Windows 10 and the Evolution Toward a Modern Enterprise Architecture
The release of Windows 10 is more than just another OS upgrade; it’s part of a whole new era of computing for the modern enterprise. For the past few decades, legacy IT infrastructures have been structured around the Windows desktop and an IT-centric management model.
Now, in Windows 10, previously separate OS versions are converging onto a unified platform managed by an EMM provider. Apps can be written once, administered through a unified Windows Store, and run on any Windows 10 device regardless of form factor or screen size. Users enjoy a consistent experience across every device, including PCs, phones, and tablets.
What is driving this transformation, and what does it mean for business users and enterprise IT?
- Security is moving to a distributed model. In the modern enterprise architecture, employees can securely access business data from any device, on any network, without compromising data security. They no longer rely exclusively on desktop security technologies such as anti-malware, virtualization, or VPN to protect apps and data.
- Device management shifts from Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to enterprise mobility management (EMM). GPOs lack the flexibility required by the modern enterprise, where users often need access to business resources outside of the corporate network. In Windows 10, new MDM APIs establish EMM as the core security platform for the modern OS because they allow the OS kernel to remain secure while providing the enterprise with appropriate controls.
- Modern mobile operating systems use a sandboxed architecture and protected OS kernel. Modern operating systems use isolated storage and isolated memory for each app, which protects against traditional malware threats and minimizes the need for anti-virus software on mobile devices.
With these fundamental changes, a modern mobile infrastructure is quickly replacing the PC-centric legacy model of the past 20-plus years. Windows 10 is accelerating this transformation by making EMM the preferred device management platform, which enables IT to centralize device management and security while empowering users to stay productive wherever they work, on any device.