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NVIDIA and VMware Together Deliver Scalable Rich Graphics Applications for Remote Desktops

By Shankar Iyer, vice president, product management, End-User Computing, VMware

Shankar IyerLast March at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference, VMware and NVIDIA announced our collaboration in delivering more scalable, cost effective rich graphics applications to remote desktops.

Today, we are happy to announce the results of our joint collaboration with the introduction of NVIDIA GRID vGPU to VMware Horizon 6 built on vSphere 6.

VMware Horizon + NVIDIA GRID vGPU Enable The Most Challenging Use Case

Today, VMware Horizon and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU delivers rich 3D graphics from the data center that can be easily accessed across devices and locations–more affordably than ever before.

VMware Horizon and vSphere 6 with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables designers, architects and engineers to run the most advanced, graphics-rich applications in a remote desktop – using NVIDIA professional 3D graphics and certified application drivers. This brings workstation-class performance to remote and mobile workers, even over high-latency networks.

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VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID vGPU Together Bring Great Customer Value

VMware and NVIDIA have worked with more than 300 customers over the past five months who have experienced the increased productivity of virtualized remote graphics under the NVIDIA and VMware early access program.  Among the 300 early access customers are leading manufacturers, such as Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Denso, Nifco and Siemens Wind Power; global architecture firms, such as AECOM, CH2MHILL, Populous and STV, Inc.; defense and aerospace systems provider, Raytheon, and major universities such as University of Southern California and Villanova University.

The feedback from the early access customers is that NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon 6 enhances desktop virtualization with immersive graphics, greater security for mission-critical data, scalable performance and cost-effectiveness. 

Scalability –NVIDIA’s GRID vGPU technology provides, rich 3D graphics with up to 16 to 32 users per GRID board (each board contains multiple GPUs) combined with VMware Horizon with VMware’s Virtual SAN that support high performance, scale out storage, customers can add new 3D graphics workstations in the most cost effective scale out way possible.

Productivity – Moving large data sets needed by 3D applications from individual workstations to fast, centralized storage greatly increases end user productivity. Data loads much faster, models rotate more quickly, and work can be done anytime from anywhere maximizing user productivity. 

Collaboration – As companies becoming more and more distributed with many branch offices or working with outside contractors, VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables workers worldwide to collaborate on the same projects at the same time whether they are in Chicago or Singapore or anywhere else, where as previously teams had to move data between sites that could take hours or days depending on the project.

Security – The value of intellectual property created by your designers and engineers for manufacturing, design, architecture, defense, and many other industries is immeasurable. The risk associated with data “at-rest” sitting on local storage is sometimes unfathomable.  It can mean millions of dollars lost when a drive falls in the hands of a competitor, or crippling delay to the introduction of a new product.  Centralizing the data within your data center where it belongs and accessing it remotely with a great user experience greatly reduces the possibility of losing mission critical data to competitors.

NEW: NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon and vSphere Direct Access Program

Are you ready to accelerate your success with 3D graphics-enabled VDI?  The new NVIDIA GRID vGPU on VMware Horizon 6 and vSphere 6.0 Direct Access Program provides select customers who meet certain qualifications, with priority access to NVIDIA’s enterprise graphics virtualization experts and VMware’s solution architects.  Participants in the Direct Access Program will benefit from an exclusive by-invite-only experience, designed to accelerate their desktop transformation initiative, enabling the move from VDI pilots into scalable production deployments.

In addition, participants in the Direct Access program will receive other exclusive benefits:

  • Invitations to exclusive community forums
  • Exclusive bi-monthly webinars
  • Collaborate with other program participants and share feedback via a private Direct Access community
  • Opportunities to evaluate new technologies while providing direct input to influence future virtualization products

Customers can apply to the Direct Access program by visiting: http://www.nvidia.com/object/vmware-vgpu-direct-access.html