Application Nostalgia: How To Use VDI to Run Legacy Business Apps

Last night, Microsoft announced that it would discontinue shipping Microsoft Paint in the newest Windows 10 upgrade, scheduled for release this September. The internet outrage was swift and fierce, as millions mourned the death of an application that, for many, was the first application we ever used on a PC. From cropping screenshots, to low-quality memes, to recreating a masterpiece, MS Paint simplicity and flexibility has made it a technology staple for simple image editing for 32 years.

 

 

 

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Thankfully, the outrage was heard loud and clear, and Microsoft has since announced that Paint will still be available for free download in the Windows Store. However, in light of the panic, what do you do when your favorite applications get put out to pasture?

 

You host them on a virtual machine of course! Hosting the legacy applications that still make your business tick is a key benefit of VDI and DaaS. Often, keeping your applications up and running past their EOL date is as simple as spinning up a cloud instance or two in AWS or Azure, installing your app, and connecting with RDP or other free or open source protocols.

 

But what if your application is a little more compute or graphics-intensive than MS Paint? And what if you need hundreds or even thousands of employees to use it? That’s when you need a VDI or DaaS connection management platform.

 

By using a VDI connection broker, you can host your legacy applications in the virtual environment of your choice and manage your VMs and end-user access from a single-pane-of-glass portal. Your connection broker does all the heavy lifting by handling desktop assignments, power plans, protocols, security, and more.

 

To learn more about the Leostream Connection Broker and how it can help you manage your legacy applications contact sales@leostream.com

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