How NVIDIA and VMware virtualize Esri ArcGIS Pro

Jul 16, 2015


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By Cedric Courteix, Partner Alliances Architect, VMware

As we are heading out to Esri User Conference next week, I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on how Esri–the leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used by 300,000 organizations worldwide–NVIDIA, and VMware are partnering together around desktop virtualization in four steps.

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Step 1: Esri has been an active member of NVIDIA and VMware Early Access Program geared towards the launch of virtual GPU (vGPU) enabled desktops.  Since this product was shipped in March 2015 just before NVIDIA “GPU Technology Conference”, the Early Access Program has been converted to a NVIDIA and VMware Community (NVC) to accelerate Esri ArcGIS pro deployments using virtualization.  You can join us now.

Step 2: Benefit from using Horizon desktops and NVIDIA native driver to obtain the greatest application compatibility level with ArcGIS Pro.  Here is the list of supported platforms and ArcGIS Pro 10.2 for desktop system requirements showcasing the fully supported VMware platform.

Step 3: Stop by ArcGIS Desktop island during the conference next week.  Three live presentations will be conducted by our triangular partnership:

  1. Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 – 12:00pm/1:00pm – Location: Room 27 B – Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings (VMware and NVIDIA are sponsoring lunch)
  2. Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 – 4:30pm/5:15pm – Location: Demo Theater 9 – Virtualizing ArcGIS Pro in VMware Horizon
  3. Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 – 12:00pm/1:00pm – Location: Room 02 – ArcGIS Pro: virtualizing in VMware Horizon View and Microsoft Hyper-V

Step 4: If you cannot attend in person, please give it a try at your own time and test drive Esri ArcGIS pro for free using our demo platform and/or join our NVC community site.

In summary, virtualization at Esri is real with NVIDIA Grid K1/K2 cards and VMware Horizon.  Come experience it next week at Esri User Conference and discover a new way to virtualize your graphic intense workloads.

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