by Michael Diamond

Microsoft released their Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack 1 beta today, and with it comes one of the most interesting and possibly landscape changing features for the commercial office PC user, Microsoft RemoteFX.

We have been working hand in hand with Microsoft’s development team for some time on it with our Quadro professional graphics solutions.

Partnerships with leading OEMs are forming to bring NVIDIA Quadro-Server-Microsoft RemoteFX with enterprise-class reliability to market that will deliver a rich user experience for server-hosted desktops. These are going to be flexible and cost-effective solutions that allow workers to access their applications or screen content securely and conveniently from any connected location.

In the past few years, we have seen a sea change in the wider application space for graphics processing units (GPUs) from their classical games and professional tools categories into broad new applications with unprecedented performance-per-watt-per-dollar.

GPUs now power the world’s second fastest supercomputer, GPUs are accelerating Internet Browsing, and GPUs power a dramatic range of compute applications in fields such as medical research, energy, financial markets, weather simulations, computational biology, seismic analysis, and ray tracing, among thousands of others.

However, for the most part, corporate PC users each have their own desktop or notebook PC equipped with only integrated graphics for doing basic tasks like email, web browsing, viewing and creating presentations, MS Excel spreadsheets, etc. These so-called “good enough” integrated graphics dominate this segment of the PC market.

That’s where NVIDIA and Microsoft RemoteFX come in. Enabled by server-discrete-GPUs, this solution will move the corporate user’s PC workload into the server room, and then IT managers will service those users’ PC requirements with anytime/ anywhere, secure access that is IT friendly. RemoteFX, combined with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, will enable the full Windows 7 desktop experience including rich and 3D media for very low cost ‘thin’ clients from anywhere on a company’s network.

This solution, in partnership with Microsoft, will catapult NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, including our Quadro FX 5800, FX 4800, and FX 3800 professional graphics solutions, into a new and potentially vast market.

Microsoft, as a leader in innovation, is going to be the playmaker for desktop remote virtualization, and we are partnering with them to make it a reality.

For more info, check out Microsoft’s blog post, and Dell’s blog post.