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Nvidia, VMware out desktop virtualisation with rich graphics

Posted: 04 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nvidia  VMware  desktop virtualisation  GPU  data centre 

Nvidia and VMware have released the VMware Horizon 6 and vSphere 6 with Nvidia GRID vGPU that aim to deliver the full benefit of remote access to rich graphics applications to enterprises. According to the companies, the virtualised remote graphics under an early access program allows data centre GPUs to be shared across multiple users, enabling greater density and scalability.

The companies added that the enterprise graphics virtualisation with VMware Horizon 6 and vSphere allows designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a virtualised environment using Nvidia professional graphics and certified application drivers. It also affords flexibility for IT departments to support as many as 96 users on a single industry-standard server.

In addition, the solution claims to offer cost-effective virtualised graphics for workers who don't require maximum GPU performance but whose applications benefit from GPU acceleration. It also provides support for end users to run immersive, graphics-rich Windows 2D/3D and media-rich graphics applications on essentially any device through the use of VMware Horizon 6. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers, even over the high-latency networks.

As a follow-on to the early access initiative, Nvidia and VMware will be launching their Direct Access Program. Enterprises will be able to quickly adopt VMware Horizon 6 and vSphere 6 with GRID vGPU technology, aided by advisory and technical support from the two companies.

VMware and Nvidia's early access program, launched at VMworld in August 2014, included a range of enterprise and public-sector customers, as well as educational institutions. Among them are the University of Southern California and Villanova University; manufacturers such as Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Nifco and Siemens Wind Power; global architecture firms such as AECOM, CH2MHILL, Populous and STV Inc.; and defence and aerospace systems provider Raytheon.

The Nvidia GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon 6 and vSphere 6 Direct Access program will provide select VMware Horizon and VMware vSphere customers who meet certain qualifications with priority access to Nvidia's enterprise graphics virtualisation experts and VMware's solution architects. Participants in the program will benefit from an experience designed to accelerate their desktop transformation initiative, and then move from VDI pilots into scalable production deployments.

In addition, participants in the direct access program will receive other benefits such as invitations to exclusive community forums and training, and the ability to evaluate new technologies while providing direct input to influence future enterprise virtualisation products.

General availability of the solutions is expected later this quarter.

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