No-Compromises Visual Computing Arrives at VMworld

by Justin Boitano

Virtualization has been around for ages. But for graphics users, it has always come with compromises – at best.

That’s changing, thanks to NVIDIA GRID, our cloud-based virtualization technology. At VMworld this week, we’re showcasing how NVIDIA GRID breaks down barriers between virtualization and a rich user experience. With it, an organization’s desktops and applications can be virtualized without those past compromises.

It’s our first year at the show, but we didn’t come alone. We’re joined by an array of market makers offering new solutions powered by NVIDIA GRID technology.

Yesterday, Dell launched updated PowerEdge 720 rack servers that deliver high-performance 3D graphics using GRID K1 and K2 GPUs. In addition, HP recently announced the first server blades that bring the power of GRID graphics to the desktops of multiple simultaneous users. Both will be on display at VMworld.

It’s fair to say that, together, we’re transforming an event once focused on the mundane topic of server virtualization into a visual showcase of virtualized desktops and applications. Ones that deliver the same rich graphics performance users have come to expect at their desk-side workstations and PCs.

Here’s a quick rundown on what our partners are showing:

Ajubeo (NVIDIA booth 2111) – Cloud infrastructure as a service provider offering “Graphics Virtual Desktops” via virtual private clouds for IT organizations that want to outsource their virtualization needs.

Atlantis Computing (booth 941) – One of two technologies (together with NVIDIA GRID) that Brian Madden touted as changing the “New Reality of VDI” in his recently published book. Atlantis will be showcasing our combined solution they call the “Ultimate Virtual Desktop.”

Cisco (booth 1005) – Demonstrating its UCS C240 M platforms, which support up to two NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 graphics processors.

Citrix (booth 835) – Demonstrating XenDesktop 7 for application and desktop virtualization, which allows for GPU sharing without compromising the graphics experience.

Dell (booth 1219 and NVIDIA booth 2111) – Showcasing the top-selling Dell PowerEdge R720 server, which can support up to two NVIDIA GRID GPUs.

HP (booth 1405) – Showing off the HP WS460C gen 8 blade servers, mentioned above.

Lakeside (booth 803) – Their upcoming release of SysTrack 6.1 will provide detailed analysis for sizing and selecting the right amount of graphics. This means IT departments will have a comprehensive set of tools to help them determine how to properly provision a virtualized computing experience.

Supermicro (booth 2205) – Demonstrating their latest servers capable of supporting two NVIDIA GRID K1 GPUs.

VMware (booth 1229) – Will be showcasing that with VMware Horizon View everyone from knowledge workers to designers can benefit from graphics acceleration.

Check out this video for some scenes from VMworld and NVIDIA’s booth:

If you’d like to learn more about how GRID is reshaping the world of virtualized graphics, stop by our booth 2111. Also, follow us on Twitter at @NVIDIAGRID for the latest NVIDIA news and happenings from the show.