Microsoft Officially Unveils Windows 10 Pro for Workstations


This time around the target is power users, not the mainstream: Microsoft's bringing back the name and a workstation product because its says some Windows 10 users wanted a version of the OS that can handle higher-performing hardware.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations runs ReFS (Resilient File System), which is created to protect against data corruption and is optimized for handling huge amounts of information.

- ReFS (Resilient file system): ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes easily.

Microsoft announced that a new version of Windows 10 made specifically for workstations, the aptly named "Windows 10 Pro for Workstations", will debut alongside the consumer-focused Fall Creators Update later this year.

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Microsoft announced a new edition of Windows 10 Pro on Thursday with features created to work well with server-grade PC hardware. The file system is designed from the ground up to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for large data volumes, and auto-correcting among other things. There are additional features, but previously MS has differentiated between the versions available in W10 and those it shipped in its server operating systems, and it's not clear from the blog post if its unifying that effort. But this week, Microsoft is officially announcing its existence and the features offered to meet the "demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads". MS describes this as letting you "read and write your files with the fastest speed possible, the speed of the computer's main memory".

- Faster file sharing: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations includes a feature called SMB Direct, which supports the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. This helps the network adaptor to work in low latency while it makes use of minimal CPU. Add to that persistent memory support through the use of non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N). ReFS is designed for moving large data sets. The SMD Direct enables the fast file access with low latency battery uses the local CPU. We're referring to "server-grade" hardware that runs on Intel Xeons and AMD Opterons and sorts of convoluted combinations of cores and terabytes of storage. It can support machines with up to 6 TB of RAM, for example.

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