Kingston Windows 8-based Windows To Go Flash drive detailed

One of the features that Windows 8 has added for enterprise users is Windows to Go. As we have reported on before, it will allow people to copy their entire Windows 8 installation onto a USB drive, which can then be plugged into any PC while on the road for full access to a person's Windows 8 files.

This week, Engadget reports they got a chance to get some hands-on time with what appears to be the first USB Flash drive made specifically for the Windows to Go feature in Windows 8. It comes from well known memory and PC storage company Kingston, under the name of the DataTraveler Workspace.

The article states that this is no ordinary USB drive but rather one that also incorporates faster memory and a SandForce controller, making it similar to  SSD drives that are installed inside notebooks and desktops. 

At the moment, Kingston is allowing some enterprise customers to beta test an older Flash drive, the DataTraveler Ultimate, that has been made for testing the Windows to Go features in Windows 8. However, the new DataTraveler Workspace product will replace the DataTraveler Ultimate when it is released alongside Windows 8 in October. It will come in 32, 64 and 128 GB versions.

Pricing has not been announced but we suspect that the DataTraveler Workspace will be on the high end of the price range for USB drives.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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Could this possibly be a viable alternative to physical desktops and virtual desktops in an SMB environment? I can already see the use for this in my environment.... X number of workstations, each user gets a flash drive with their environment loaded, choose your desk?

agreenbhm said,
Could this possibly be a viable alternative to physical desktops and virtual desktops in an SMB environment? I can already see the use for this in my environment.... X number of workstations, each user gets a flash drive with their environment loaded, choose your desk?

I guess yes, as long as these workstations are not networked or disconnected on USB drive operation and they ideally don't have their own HDDs or self-resetting drives. (every reboot returns them into a preconfigured state bit by bit - on hardware level)

Depends on what you want to do, what your budget is and your current investments.

GS:ios

agreenbhm said,
Could this possibly be a viable alternative to physical desktops and virtual desktops in an SMB environment? I can already see the use for this in my environment.... X number of workstations, each user gets a flash drive with their environment loaded, choose your desk?

Roaming content and users settings should ALREADY be something that happens in any business or even home environment. Windows Server makes it easier, but is not required, just mapping the roaming features of Windows and the user's folders to a centralized location, and people can already 'CHOOSE YOUR DESK'.

With Win9x and NT, companies with good IT people have used this model since around 1995/1996. Any company that has users locked to a specific workstation needs to fire their IT staff and get people that know what they are doing.

This technology is more about users out in the field or needing to get instant and full access to their data from any computer, or to be able to do company work from home on systems the corporation would not normally trust.

I think a better use for this is BYOD in enterprise - how do you lock down an employee's personal laptop? Provide an encrypted USB stick that has the entire damn thing on it. Personal laptop, boot with your WTG key, now is a work laptop. Great idea.

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