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Increasing market appeal seen for virtualisation tech

Posted: 04 Nov 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Jon Peddie Research  virtualisation  CAD  software  compute-intensive programme 

Convenience seems to be the driving force for most technologies and new devices these days. Whatever would make a task simpler or could answer a particular need, even for isolated cases, would appear to be heaven-sent. In particular is the remote graphics virtualisation.

You're in the airport, waiting for a plane, when a construction site manager emails you with a desperate plea for help. Three stories into a major industrial project, an inspector has encountered what he thinks is a flaw in the design of the HVAC system. The drawings aren't clearing up the confusion. Your input is needed.

If you both had easy access to your company's computer-aided design (CAD) system, you could easily pull up your 3D model of the junction and maybe talk her through the design. Unfortunately, you don't have that access while on the road.

What to do?

Increasingly, designers, architects, engineers and even health care professionals are turning to remote graphics virtualisation.

Virtualisation allows you to remotely access compute-intensive programmes that reside on your workstation, or other proprietary information system, such as an X-ray reader, by creating a virtual machine within another system, for example, a Windows-based laptop, or an iPad.

Research by Jon Peddie Research suggests that the use of virtualisation services has increased dramatically in the past few years, primarily due to the easy accessibility of cloud servers, the high resolution of new display screens, and the widespread integration of powerful graphics processors in laptops and other mobile devices.

The driver for this phenomenon has been the rise of virtualisation software, which allows users to place a secure virtual copy of the client system temporarily on a host computer. Virtualisation providers such as VMware, for instance, have exploded the market for virtualisation in recent years.

But virtualisation technology is branching into other applications, broadening the supply chain and improving the service and support structure.

Expanding use cases for vistualisation

For example, virtualisation is widely used in banking and other markets with numerous satellite or franchise operations. In such applications, full access to the host system may not be required or even desirable, but accurate interaction at some level is necessary. Virtualisation provides that accurate, real-time interaction.

Virtualisation can also be applied to servers, allowing real-time reconfiguration for compute-intensive operations. As an example, when a movie studio releases a highly anticipated movie trailer, engineers can employ virtualisation to ensure the system has enough bandwidth to handle the spike in traffic.

The beauty of virtualisation is security. Virtualisation allows users to access an image of the client software, not the actual system itself. When the host machine is shut down or exited, the virtual image disappears and the security of the client system is protected.

Additional technologies such as cloud-paging, and web-based applications using HTML5 and WebGL are also enabling powerful remote operations with totally security.

- Jon Peddie
  Jon Peddie Research

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