Since its introduction, Windows 10 has been a new and different OS. The rolling-release model, and the “Windows as a Service” policy chosen by the Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, distinguish this version from every other Windows.
Along with this, Microsoft constantly tries to implement features required by power user and developers, like Bash on Windows, PowerShell, Visual Studio Community with the Xamarin features included for free. Microsoft also tries to listen to its users through the Windows Insider Program.
Today, Microsoft announced a new version of Windows: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
What’s New in Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
This new release targets all the high-end PCs. It will include support for non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) with persistent memory, which means that read and write speeds will be as fast as possible, and files will still be there even if a workstation is switched off.
In particular, as stated in the blog post announcing Windows 10 for Workstations:
- ReFS (Resilient file system): ReFS provides cloud-grade resiliency for data on fault-tolerant storage spaces and manages very large volumes with ease. ReFS is designed to be resilient to data corruption, optimized for handling large data volumes, auto-correcting and more. It protects your data with integrity streams on your mirrored storage spaces. Using its integrity streams, ReFS detects when data becomes corrupt on one of the mirrored drives and uses a healthy copy of your data on the other drive to correct and protect your precious data.
- Persistent memory: Windows 10 Pro for Workstations provides the most demanding apps and data with the performance they require with non-volatile memory modules (NVDIMM-N) hardware. NVDIMM-N enables you to read and write your files with the fastest speed possible, the speed of the computer’s main memory. Because NVDIMM-N is non-volatile memory, your files will still be there, even when you switch your workstation off.
- 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. Network adapters that have RDMA can function at full speed with very low latency, while using very little CPU. For applications that access large datasets on remote SMB file shares, this feature enables:
- Increased throughput: Leverages the full throughput of high speed networks where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large amounts of data at line speed.
- Low latency: Provides extremely fast responses to network requests, and, as a result, makes remote file storage feel as if it is directly attached storage.
- Low CPU utilization: Uses fewer CPU cycles when transferring data over the network, which leaves more power available to other applications running on the system.
- Expanded hardware support: One of the top pain points expressed by our Windows Insiders was the limits on taking advantage of the raw power of their machine. Hence, we are expanding hardware support in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Users will now be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on devices with high performance configurations including server grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, with up to 4 CPUs (today limited to 2 CPUs) and add massive memory up to 6TB (today limited to 2TB).
The new version of Windows will be available alongside Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
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