Is Microsoft silently building a better VDI?

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Thursday, June 25th, 2009   |  

microsoft logo

In the last two years pretty much every major vendor in the IT industry rushed to develop a rich VDI portfolio and roadmap. Each of them did its best to acquire promising startups, to announce new and highly efficient remote desktop protocols, to sign partnerships with OEMs for the next generation thin client.

From VMware to Citrix, from Sun to Quest, from HP to Verizon.
Even TV vendors like LG want to be part of the VDI game.
Everyone but Microsoft.

So far Microsoft preferred to stay under the radar as much as possible, even when they acquired Calista Technologies in January 2008, a small startup able to offload the remote client from the task of rendering any sort of multimedia resource; even when they announced some basic desktop brokering capabilities in the imminent Windows Server 2008 R2.

Now some concrete details are finally emerging and the Microsoft VDI strategy seems more interesting than expected:


…In the RTM version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, GDI applications, media with Windows Media Player, and Aero Glass will continue using the client-side rendering for remote scenarios as demonstrated in the pre-release version. For the RTM release, client-based rendering will no longer be available for DirectX 10.1 / DXGI 1.1 and Direct 2D applications, instead this type of content will be remoted using host-side resources leveraging the enhanced bitmap acceleration capabilities in R2. This decision was made based on the feedback we received during the engineering and validation process, where the number one requirement was quality and robustness.  While this design change may impact the utilization of CPU and GPU resources on the host side for certain use cases, it provides a consistent approach to remoting multiple types of rich (2D and 3D) content across a broad range of rich and thin client devices.

As for running DirectX applications on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V virtual machines, there will be the GPU offload hardware assist Calista technologies at some point in the future…

So basically Microsoft doesn’t just plan to integrate Calista technologies in RDP as already announced, but it also plans to elaborate on the virtualization host those multimedia contents executed inside the VDI virtual desktops (Brian Madden has additional insights about this).

The key point is that Microsoft knows a lot about the roadmap of the upcoming GPUs that many customers may be ignoring at the moment.
Those next generation display cards will be just another piece, along with a new remote desktop and a client hypervisor, of the very complex infrastructure that will have to build in the future to make VDI a really efficient solution.


Labels: ,

blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Parallels Acquires 2X Software

February 27th, 2015

On February 25, Parallels announced that it has acquired 2X Software. 2X Software is a Maltese company, with offices in the United States, Germany, UK, Australia and of course Malta,…

Release: Proxmox Virtual Environment 3.4

February 27th, 2015

Proxmox Server Solutions GmbH headquartered in Vienna, Austria announced to have released the version 3.4 of Proxmox Virtual Environment, an open source virtualization management solution that leverages KVM technologies. Proxmox joined…

Release: Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6

February 17th, 2015

Red Hat today announced the release of version 6 of its OpenStack platform management tool Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack. Version 6 is the follow up of version 5 which…

Release: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.5

February 12th, 2015

Yesterday February 11, Red Hat has announced the global availability of version 3.5 of its virtualization platform: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (aka RHEV).
RHEV is based on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor and…

Release: Oracle VM 3.3.2

February 12th, 2015

Oracle has released version 3.3.2 of its enterprise virtualizatoin solution. The virtualization solution is available for both x86 and SPARC based processor architectures and uses the Xen hypervisor technology, supporting…

Release: Docker Engine 1.5

February 12th, 2015

Docker has released version 1.5 of its container virtualization solution. Docker provides so called container virtualization, allowing an application and its dependencies to run as an isolated process inside…

Release: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 9.2

February 12th, 2015

Microsoft has released version 9.1 of its capactiy planning tool the Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP). This version is the follow-up of version 9.1 which was released in July…

NIMBOXX acquires VERDE assets from Virtual Bridges

February 10th, 2015

NIMBOXX a company which creates converged hardware appliances combining storage, server, networking and virtualization technology announced that it has acquired the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) technology product VERDE from…

Citrix announces to cut 900 Jobs

February 6th, 2015

Last week Citrix announced its financial reports for Q4 and Fiscal year 2014, despite the positive results that the company had for full year 2014, the general opinion is that…

Paper: Reference Architecture – Lenovo Client Virtualization

February 5th, 2015

Lenovo has published a paper titled:"Reference Architecture: Lenovo Client Virtualization". The paper which contains 44 pages contains a reference architecture for Server Based Computing (SBC) and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure…

Book: Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure

February 4th, 2015

Microsoft has published a free ebook titled: “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure“. The book, which contains 246 pages covers the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure’s cloud offering. It concentrates…

VMware acquires Immidio

February 3rd, 2015

VMware today announced that it has acquired Immidio. Immidio provides several User Environment Management related product: Immidio AppScriber and Immidio Flex+. With the acquisition of Immidio VMware wants to fill…

VMware announces VMware Integrated OpenStack

February 3rd, 2015

Besides announcing vSphere 6 and Virtual SAN 6, VMware has also announced that it will launch its OpenStack Distribution called VMware Integrated OpenStack. VMware Integrated OpenStack is designed for enterprise…

VMware announces Virtual SAN 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes

February 3rd, 2015

Together with announcing vSphere 6, VMware also announced Virtual SAN version 6. Virtual SAN is the software-defined storage offering from VMware that enables pooling of storage capabilities within exsisting servers….

 
Monthly Archive