VISUALISATION / GRAPHICS

Nvidia Grid available on VMware DaaS platform

27 March 2014

VMware and Nvidia

Nvidia and VMware have announced at the GPU Technology Conference that Nvidia Grid technology is available on the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform to deliver 3D graphics on virtualised desktops and applications delivered through the cloud.

The combination offers multi-tenant desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform for service providers to deliver graphics-rich desktops and applications to customers requiring visual computing, such as engineering firms, automakers, movie studios, and retail designers.

DaaS can improve productivity by enabling mobile access and remote collaboration for project teams or contractors in multiple locations, by delivering graphics-intensive 3D applications to users anywhere, at any time, on any connected device. Multi-tenancy is a software architecture that enables a single instance of a software application to serve multiple customers — increasing agility and lowering costs.

Built on the Nvidia Kepler architecture, Nvidia Grid GPUs offer increased graphics performance combined with low-latency display technology to optimise performance on virtual desktops. Combined with the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform, users get visual computing as a cloud service, enabling mobile access and on-demand collaboration for highly demanding visual graphics applications, such as Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk Design and Creation Suites.

The VMware Horizon DaaS Platform enables service providers to deliver complete virtual workspaces, including desktops and 3D graphics applications, to end users as a monthly cloud subscription service with predictable, easy-to-budget expenses.

Nvidia and VMware also revealed a joint development effort to enable VMware customers to use Nvidia Grid vGPU (virtual GPU) technology for GPU sharing with VMware virtual machines  with provisioning for  up to eight users per GPU.

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