Home PC Windows What is Windows 10 Pro for Workstations? All You Need to KnowWhat is Windows 10 Pro for Workstations? All You Need to Know
- Faster File Sharing
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will come with built-in SMB Direct which is an extension of the Server Message Block technology. The “Direct” in “SMB Direct” implies that it will also support the use of network adapters that have Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) capability. One of the biggest advantages of such network adapters is that each one of them can function at full speed with both a very low latency that provides extremely fast responses to network requests and a very low CPU usage that leaves more power available to other applications running on the system.
For workloads such as Hyper-V or Microsoft SQL Server, or for applications that access large data sets on remote SMB file shares, SMB Direct also allows an increased throughput where the network adapters coordinate the transfer of large volumes of data at line speeds.
- Expanded Hardware Support
As the name itself suggests, expanded hardware support means that Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will now support configurations more than the lower editions of Windows 10. If you are an user with a high-performance computer and server-grade Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors, you can now use your computers with up to 4 CPUs and a memory of up to 6 TB.Windows 10 Pro Workstation Edition vs Windows 10 Pro
Now that you know about the key features of Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, the next question that may arise in your mind is how does it differ from the already existing Windows 10. While all the major changes that you will notice have been explained in the previous section, I’ve compared the specifications of the two editions in the table below.Windows 10 Pro for WorkstationsWindows 10 ProPrimary File SystemReFSNTFSNVDIMM-N Support YesNoSBM DirectYesNoLatencyLowComparatively higherData Volume Handling Limit256 TB4.7 ZBCPU UsageLowComparatively higherMax. CPUs42Max. Memory6 TB2 TBHardware Requirements for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
As of now, Microsoft hasn’t yet announced the minimum hardware requirements to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations. Even though it is primarily aimed at server-based PCs and the people who manage them, I don’t think the requirements should differ from what they are for the other Windows 10 editions that we have already seen. And if this is true, the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations should be as follows:Processor1 GHz or faster, or SoCRAM1 GB for 32-bit / 2 GB for 64-bitHard Disk Space16 GB for 32-bit / 20 GB for 64-bitGraphics CardDirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driverDisplay800x600When is Windows 10 Pro for Workstations Coming?
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations will be delivered as a part of the Fall Creators Update. As for its pricing, we are yet to hear about that from Microsoft. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft launches a killer hardware to go with this OS as well. Right now, I am betting on a new variant of Surface Studio optimized for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
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Excited for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations?
Going by how good it sounds, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is very promising and should be of great help to the people who manage servers. All I hope right now is that it delivers what it promises. Are you excited for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations as well? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.