Bob Gilbert

Delivering Local-like performance for RemoteFX over the WAN

Today, Microsoft announced the availability of SP1 for Windows 2008 R2.  One of the key capabilities included in SP1 is RemoteFX, which is Microsoft's next-generation desktop virtualization platform. 

RemoteFX leverages the power of virtualized graphics resources and advanced codecs to recreate the fidelity of hardware-assisted graphics acceleration, including support for 3D content and Windows Aero, on a remote users device. This allows for a local-like, remote user experience over a variety of possible host, client and network configurations. Dynamic Memory is a new memory management feature of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V. 

RemoteFX is optimized to deliver performance to users located on a local area network.  Riverbed extends the local performance experience to RemoteFX users located over a WAN.  Riverbed's Steelhead family of WAN optimization products allow the RemoteFX protocol to more fully utilize the available WAN bandwidth, and significantly increase the number of frames per second of a RemoteFX session, resulting in a smoother, higher fidelity user experience.

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Riverbed optimizes Microsoft RemoteFX traffic over the WAN:

  • For office-type users over the WAN
  • Reduce TCP bandwidth consumption over the WAN, increasing productivity
  • Supports remotely rendered WMP files, and streamed WMP, Microsoft Silverlight, and Flash video 

Here is a demo of Riverbed accelerating RemoteFX

 

You can find out more about the RemoteFX SP1 announcement today by reading Microsoft's blog. You can also download a trial of of RemoteFX SP1 here.

 

 

1 Responses

  1. Adam

    May 15, 2011

    RemoteFX will certainly deliver a great experience for LAN users accessing multimedia with VDI. For access over WANs though, organizations with remote users should consider complementing it with Ericom Blaze, a software-based RDP acceleration and compression product. It accelerates RDP by up to 25x and is ideal for remote users connecting over slow WANs who need to access graphics-rich content and applications. It works with any standard RDP host, including VDI, Terminal Servers and remote physical machines. You can use RemoteFX for your LAN users, and at the same time use Ericom Blaze over RDP for your slow WAN users. This combined solution can provide enhanced performance in both types of environments. For a free eval: http://www.ericom.com/ericom_blaze.asp?URL_ID=708 To read more about WebConnect and RemoteFX visit: http://www.ericom.com/RemoteFX.asp?URL_ID=708 Adam

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