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Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, which became available through Windows Update on Tuesday, is nothing more than a bundle of security and stability updates. Nevertheless, it does bring a couple of new virtualization technologies. One of those virtualization innovations, RemoteFX delivers a full-fidelity virtual desktop experience, including support for Windows Aero and 3D applications, through GPU virtualization. Both AMD and Nvidia have now enabled RemoteFX support in their professional graphics cards.
Nvidia has enabled RemoteFX support in its Quadro 4000, 5000, and 6000 professional graphics cards, as well as the M2070Q server graphics module, the company announced Tuesday. It also announced the release of “a new NVIDIA WHQL driver to support Quadro GPUs running on back-end servers with RemoteFX, for driving graphics on thin clients.”
AMD was also quick to jump onto the RemoteFX bandwagon as it too announced on Tuesday that it had enabled support for the new feature in its ATI FirePro V5800, ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V8800, and ATI FirePro V9800 professional graphics cards.
“With ATI FirePro professional graphics, RemoteFX gives users a great experience on their remote devices. Whether on a remote traditional PC, or from a web page on a thin client, users can enjoy a rich desktop and applications that include high-fidelity graphics," said Manlio Vecchiet, Director of Windows Server Product Management, Microsoft Corp.
Taking advantage of host-side rendering, ATI FirePro professional graphics lets applications on the host computer run at full speed. Combining fast host-side rendering with traditional client-side rendering, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 gives Microsoft VDI customers great deployment flexibility.”