Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Win2k8 R2 SP1 and why it will rock your world

Sometimes the naming for a service pack just can't do it justice. The press corp received an early introduction to where the changes in service pack 1 will take us.

My favorite feature is called RemoteFX and while it could be described as an iterative upgrade to Windows Terminal Server, the ability to time share server installed graphics processors will give thin clients a massive boost. Thin clients give a huge security boost while reducing cost and desktop footprint, but they've traditionally stank at 3D graphics. The catch is that blade servers don't have slots for graphic cards and only a few graphics cards have even been tested if you have pci-e slots. All this will change but for now only one thin client is ready to ship.

This little Australian company was highlighted during demonstrations at the recent Tech-Ed conference in New Orleans. What we saw during the demo was a mix of 1080p video (Avatar...) and 3D AutoCAD drawings all running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 reference box on the table. It's certainly very early in the game, but it's certainly got a ton of promise.

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