Microsoft and Kingston are releasing a thumb drive that stores an employee's desktop, which can be booted when plugged into any PC.
As more employees work away from the office, businesses are trying to balance employee productivity with the cost of equipping them. Fortunately for them, Microsoft speaks enterprise fluently.
They have included a feature in their upcoming Windows 8 OS that allows employees to store their computer on a custom hard drive, which can be booted into when plugged into another computer. The feature is called 'Windows To Go' and it is endemic to Windows 8 enterprise.Out of this need, Kingston has produced the DataTraveler Workspace USB Flash drive. It is a USB 3.0 thumb drive capable of SSD-like performance. It will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants and beta pricing is set at $US75 and $US140 respectively.
The device is ideal for contingent staff and mobile workforce who are sharing PCs or use their own devices.
"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 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's DataTraveler Workspace USB Flash drive will be launched to coincide with the release of Windows 8 in October. Enterprises or organisations interested in testing Windows To Go
Currently a beta version of the drive is available for businesses and organisations interested in assessing the technology. Clicking here will direct you to the order page.
Bootable Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Part Number: KW-U4132-1FA
Capacity* - 32GB/64GB
Fixed device - supports USB Boot
Requirements - system with USB 3.0 port
Fast** - data transfer rates for USB 3.0 to 80MB/sec. read and 60MB/sec. write; USB 2.0 = 30MB/sec. read and 30MB/sec. write
Backwards compatible - with USB 2.0.
Dimensions - 2.90" x 0.87" x 0.63" (73.70mm x 22.20mm x 16.10mm)
Operating Temperature - 32Â° to 140Â°F (0Â° to 60Â°C)
Storage Temperature - -4Â° to 185Â°F (-20Â° to 85Â°C)
Simple - just plug into a USB port
Practical - durable casing with a solid lanyard loop
Guaranteed - five-year warranty