Microsoft announced the Windows 10 as their final edition but they did not ever mention how many versions or builds they are going to release!
Recently Microsoft announced Windows 10 pro for Workstations.
In this Article, I would be covering the list of features that are added in Windows 10 pro for Workstations.
The Current Windows 10 has lot of limitations when Installed on high-end Workstations and servers as it is limited to 2 CPUs and support maximum of 2 TB RAM. Also, It comes with huge amount of junk which affects the raw performance.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstation enables the power users to make use of their high-end Workstations and servers with Intel’s Xeon or AMD’s Opteron processors supporting up to 4 CPU’s and 6 TB memory.
Therefore this new edition allows the users to use their server-grade hardware to its full potential.
(Note:- Normal Consumers cannot test its full potential due to their hardware utilization).
Windows 10 Pro for Workstation Features
ReFS (Resilient File System)
ReFS is an Improved version of NTFS and as the name says it checks the Integrity of very larger files up to 4.7 zettabytes (1 ZettaByte = 1 Billion TeraBytes) whereas NTFS can handle only up to 256 TB.
ReFS includes many features like automatic integrity checking and data scrubbing, removal of the need for running chkdsk, protection against data degradation, built-in handling of hard disk drive failure and redundancy, integration of the RAID functionality, a switch to copy/allocate on write for data and metadata updates, handling of very long paths and filenames, and storage virtualization and pooling, including almost arbitrarily sized logical volumes (unrelated to the physical sizes of the used drives).
These features are essential for managing storage especially when RAID is configured. This Automatically detects Read-Write errors from the faulty drives and once it reaches the threshold, These drives would be replaced by the spare drives. (Currently, these functions were performed by the HP’s and DELL’s own software).
With the use of NVDIMM-N hardware, Users can store and access the data even after switching off the workstation.
NVDIMM-N enables users to read and write your files with the fastest speed possible.
Persistent memory accelerates application performance and removes constricting I/O bottlenecks.
Faster File Sharing
Windows 10 Pro for Workstation comes with SMB direct (Server Media Block-Direct) which supports the usage of network adapters that has RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) Capability.
Network Adapters with RDMA capability can function at full speed without consuming more power and with very low latency. This ensures more power availability for other hardware components in the machine.
Expanded hardware support
Users will be able to run Windows 10 Pro for Workstations on high-end devices with more physical processors and memory without compromising on performance. This is essential for Enterprise users for the scalability.
Comparision between Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro for Workstation
|Windows 10 Pro||Windows 10 Pro for Workstations|
|Primary File System||NTFS||ReFS|
|Data Volume Integrity Check||256 TB Max.||Upto 4.7 ZB|
|Power Usage||Comparatively Higher||Low|
|CPU Usage||Comparatively Higher||Low|
|Max. CPU's Supported||2||4|
|Max. Memory Supported||2 TB||6TB|
Hardware Requirements for Windows 10 Pro for Workstation
|Processor||Intel or AMD 1 Ghz or above|
|Memory||1 GB for 32-bit / 2 GB for 64-bit|
|Hard Disk Space||16 GB for 32-bit / 20 GB for 64-bit|
|Graphics Card||DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
As of now, Microsoft had not yet revealed the Price for this OS. However, I am waiting for the upcoming surface studio with killer specs to make use of this Operating system.
Do let me know your thoughts and expectations in the comment section below.