Service Pack 1 beta for Windows Server 2008 R2 officially out, NVIDIA enters the server market

Today Microsoft officially announced the first beta of the Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
The beta actually started in late June but the company today makes the bits publicly available.

As expected, the Service Pack 1 introduces the Dynamic Memory feature for Hyper-V and RemoteFX for the Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

While many server-based computing (SBC) players announced their support for RemoteFX, the real winner here is NVIDIA, which suddenly has a huge opportunity to enter the server market.

NVIDIA is working with Microsoft and the leading OEMs to ship its Quadro GPUs (including the existing FX 5800, the FX 4800 and the FX 3800) in upcoming servers tailored for VDI.

If RemoteFX gets some serious traction, NVIDIA may start producing VDI GPUs that other virtualization players want too. And this includes Citrix, Oracle, Red Hat and even VMware, which has an OEM agreement with Teradici but its business is definitively not producing graphic cards.