Kingston to release Windows To Go USB flash drive
As previously mentioned the upcoming Windows 8 Enterprise OS will offer an interesting new feature dubbed Windows To Go that will allow you to create a working copy of the OS onto a regular USB flash drive. This way you can take Windows 8 and your files anywhere and work with them as if you are on your own PC. The only requirement – you need a fast 32 GB flash drive to use Windows To Go.
Kingston seems to be the first company to introduce a flash drive designed specifically for Windows To Go. The new USB flash drive will be designed along with Microsoft and will offer USB 3.0 support and nearly SSD-like performance that easily passes all Microsoft Windows To Go requirements.
The so-called Kingston DataTraveler Workspace USB Flash drive will be released this October, and will be designed for enterprise environments that want to use Windows To Go to support their mobile workforce and contingent staff for scenarios such as bring your own device and sharing PCs. The drive is fully bootable and incorporates SSD technology in a small USB form factor so users can access their enterprise system from a portable device.
“We are excited to have Kingston as an associate on Windows To Go. Our joint innovation will further enable mobile work styles. Kingston’s DataTraveler Workspace will give our customers the performance and endurance required to deliver a great experience when running Windows 8 Enterprise from a USB drive,” said Karri Alexion-Tiernan, Director of Product Marketing, Windows Enterprise, Microsoft.
“Kingston has been working together with Microsoft for over a year in developing a USB Flash drive capable of meeting the requirements of Windows To Go. We are excited to offer this drive to our enterprise customers later this year,” said Nathan Su, Flash Memory Sales Director, APAC Region, Kingston. “We appreciate the work from Genesys Logic, Inc., who have helped ensure that the drive is compatible and can boot from the latest systems. Kingston would also like to recognize the work of LSI Corporation in helping to ensure the forthcoming USB Flash drive with their SandForce Flash Storage Processor meets the performance requirements of Windows To Go.”
The device is currently in beta stage and is available for enterprises or organizations that want to evaluate Windows To Go performance and features of Windows 8 Enterprise.