It was a little bit of history in the making.
For the first time ever at VMware’s packed annual user conference – called VMworld – a top show prize was handed out to a product that hadn’t already been nominated for one.
The surprise winner: NVIDIA GRID – a new offering that promises to change the way users experience virtual desktops and applications.
Some 200 products had been nominated for prizes in the nine regular Best of VMworld Awards categories. The special Judge’s Choice award, handed out by tech pundit Brian Madden, of BrianMadden.com, went to GRID for its ability to make 3D applications in a virtual environment “behave exactly as the end users would expect.”
GRID clearly caught the eye of many others as well. Sometimes, it felt like most of the 22,000+ attendees at this week’s show were angling to enter our booth, drawn in by eye-catching demos of the latest 3D, 2D and graphics-rich applications.
Our technical team got hands on, hitting the white boards to walk attendees through how graphics acceleration fits into their existing VDI deployments. And explaining how it provides benefits for everyone from knowledge workers to designers and engineers.
Our presentation on “Graphics and Users in VDI” was one of the most popular sessions at the show. It was moved to a large capacity room, and was later added as a repeat session.
Check out the video and photo gallery below to see more from the conference.