Nvidia, Dell Push to Make VDI Easy, More Robust

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-03-18 Print this article Print

The GPU maker is looking to take advantage of its market possibilities by enabling potential users to test drive its Grid technology running on VMware's Horizon and vSphere 6 software. They will get four hours of access to graphics-rich applications like AutoCAD, Solidworks and ArcGIS, to run in the virtualized environment from their PC.

"Before vGPU, graphics performance was one of the final obstacles to offering a complete VDI ecosystem because users had to choose between low-cost with low performance or high performance at a cost," Will Wade, director of Nvidia Grid, wrote in a post on the VMware blog. "NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology allows each GRID board to share physical GPUs among anywhere from two designers to 32 knowledge workers."

 Dell officials at the GTC announced the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse, an appliance that enables users to more easily run their workstation-class workloads in virtualized environments. The offering combines compute capabilities of the Precision workstations with the virtualization strengths of Wyse thin clients.

The appliance leverages Dell's Precision Rack R7910 workstation, Nvidia's Grid vGPUs and Quadro GPUs, VMware's virtualization software and Teradici's PC-over-IP (PCoIP) remote workstation technology. In addition, Dell has worked with software makers to validate and certify their applications on the Dell appliance. In addition, there are certified configurations for graphics-rich workloads from Siemens and other vendors.

The Precision Appliance for Wyse, which will be available in May, offers simplicity and flexibility, according to Dan O'Farrell, senior director of product marketing for client cloud computing at Dell. It can be deployed in less than five minutes once it's plugged in, and it can be managed without a dedicated IT staff. In addition, it can be deployed either as an on-premises appliance leveraging the Quadro K4200 GPUs or in a virtualized fashion leveraging the Grid software.

In a dedicated, on-premises mode, the appliance offers access for up to three users per appliance. In a virtualized environment, four to eight users can be supported.

"The reason we decided to do this in an appliance is to make it super easy," O'Farrell told reporters, noting that to scale out the environment, organizations need only to add more appliances. "The concept here is to take the guesswork out of it."


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