Microsoft’s beta release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with Hyper-V and Windows 7 SP1 is now available for download, and that means that RemoteFX is ready for early review. This is exciting news since Citrix and Microsoft are collaborating to enhance RemoteFX with HDX support, as announced in March. Our HDX “Nitro” technologies will include dynamic sense-and-respond rendering, including the ability to deliver the full Windows 7 Aero multimedia experience with RemoteFX and HDX RichGraphics.

If you’ve been wondering about server-side graphics hardware availability for this important new technology, new details are now public. Max Herrmann’s latest blog post announces that both NVIDIA and AMD have tested GPU cards with RemoteFX. AMD is offering their ATI FirePro professional graphics cards, specifically the v5800, v7800 and v8800 series cards. And NVIDIA is promoting their Quadro line, including the FX 3800, FX 4800 and FX 5800. These cards are powerful enough to serve multiple concurrent Windows 7 virtual desktop users. This is the first multi-user “GPU virtualization” technology to be introduced to the market.

What about servers capable of handling the power and thermal requirements of graphics cards? Both Dell and HP announced multiple hardware configurations that have been tested with the RemoteFX beta release.

Derek Thorslund
Citrix Product Strategist, HDX