Moving Forward: NVIDIA GRID Puts a Spring in STV’s Step

by Andrew Cresci

Bridges. Freeways. Ports. Airport terminals. You know, the big stuff.

STV is a global design firm that helps put together the big stuff that keeps the world moving. And its architects and engineers are on the move much of the time themselves – often at far-flung construction sites.

They understand the virtues of mobility. And they know firsthand how it can limit options for cutting-edge hardware and collaboration.

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STV is overseeing multiple construction management and general contractor teams as part of a $1.4 billion terminal expansion at New York City’s JFK International Airport.

When STV tried a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the past, adoption was difficult. Users experienced significant lag. They couldn’t interact with complex 3D models they needed in applications like Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit.

But STV reconsidered once they came across NVIDIA GRID technology. We built NVIDIA GRID to put rich graphics anywhere. So, STV added NVIDIA GRID K1 cards to four Dell servers running VMware’s vSphere hypervisor software, which generates a desktop environment for each user.

STV’s designers and engineers then began working from VMware Horizon View remote desktops running virtual shared graphics acceleration (vSGA), which allows many virtual machines to access each individual GRID K1 card.

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STV was the construction manager for Westchester Community College’s Gateway Center

The result: STV engineers and designers can get their data and applications anywhere. And they can get the same performance in the field that they’d have on a high-end workstation.

That’s led to more collaboration – regardless of where a user is sitting – and more efficient IT management. And it’s cut hardware costs.

That will keep any business moving.

Read the full case study here.

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