Delivering the best desktop virtualization solution is our priority here at Citrix. So, it is no surprise that we have been eagerly awaiting the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) from Microsoft. Well, the wait is now over! Yesterday, Microsoft announced the availability of SP1 for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This is a big deal for customers who are implementing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Why? Because SP1 brings great virtualization capabilities to make the VDI experience just that much better. The key features include:

  1. Dynamic Memory. Dynamic Memory in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 increases the number of virtual machines that can be hosted on a single server by 40% compared with R2. This allows customers to buy less server infrastructure for their VDI implementation, thus lowering the cost of their deployment.
  1. RemoteFX. RemoteFX introduces GPU virtualization and advanced codecs for desktop virtualization. Together, RemoteFX and HDX deliver the best user experience for any application or desktop, on any device in any location. Customers can use HDX and RemoteFX together to deliver a virtual desktop to any user over any type of network connection.

As I mentioned in November, Microsoft and Citrix are working together to make sure that all customers get the benefits of a high definition user experience when using desktop virtualization.

Our joint solution will deliver customers:

  • The best Windows 7 Aero experience combined with rich applications that users demand
  • Support for a comprehensive set of endpoints, ranging from zero clients to intelligent clients
  • A high definition experience over any network (both LAN and WAN) to ensure that your users can access their desktops wherever they are.

I am very excited about this release and personally look forward to hearing about customers experience with the joint solution as it becomes available in a mid-year release. Congratulation to my colleagues at Microsoft!