Office Anyplace: How VMware and NVIDIA Can Bring Your Work to You

by Victoria Rege

Soon, you won’t have to go to the office. It will come to you.

The workplace is no longer a desk with a PC and keyboard. Businesses need to keep connected with a mobile workforce using different devices in different places. They need to keep data secure. And they need to offer even graphics-rich applications, wherever their users roam.

We built NVIDIA GRID technology for exactly these challenges.

And we’ve partnered with the world leader in virtualization, VMware, to deliver it to companies around the world.

Our goal is to deliver powerful, graphics-intensive applications for virtual desktop environments. GRID technology, with VMware Horizon, puts graphics cards in the data center so anyone from power users and designers to Windows app users can enjoy a graphics experience equivalent to dedicated hardware.

It’s delivered securely and cost effectively, and certified by NVIDIA and VMware. And it isn’t just for simple applications. A virtual desktop connected to an NVIDIA GRID-fueled data center offers an environment that’s safe and scalable for the most demanding 3D applications.

Flexibility and Mobility

Designers, contractors and architects—whose work requires computer-aided design or 3D resolutions—are already embracing these groundbreaking processors. GRID gives them access to critical applications, powerful connectivity and great graphics performance from any device.

For companies such as STV Group Inc., a U.S.-based design construction firm, Jellyfish Pictures, a U.K. visual-effects animation studio, and Meridian Technology Center, a U.S.-based provider of customized tuition for students, adopting virtualization means offering remote access or sharing highly detailed drawings among their workforce.

Jellyfish Pictures rendering
NVIDIA GRID lets Jellyfish Picture’s graphics artists and editors work from anywhere using graphics-intensive creative tools.

Workstation Performance from Any Location

STV takes on huge projects worldwide, like New York’s 1 World Trade Center. It also has a widely dispersed workforce, with engineers and architects at remote worksites.

So, costly workstations weren’t an option. It needed a new kind of desktop that could support every employee—virtualization was the solution.

Traditionally, GPUs have rendered graphics on physical devices near the user, hence the age of powerful workstations. But STV didn’t need fancy workstations. I needed flexibility.

By adding NVIDIA GRID K1 cards to its VMware Horizon View deployment, STV had the hardware-based GPU virtualization needed to deliver rich graphics to remote users. Now, employees using laptops on job sites get the graphics performance of a high-end workstation.

Centralized data storage means designers, engineers, and architects can access files and see real-time updates.

Operations Differ in Scale, Challenges Remain the Same

Two very different kinds of businesses faced similar challenges. They needed a virtualized desktop infrastructure that could be scaled to suit needs on demand.

Jellyfish Pictures wanted to unify how its 100 employees worked. Meridian Technology Center needed flexibility in serving its more than 11,000 students.

GRID enables Jellyfish’s graphics artists and editors to work from anywhere as if they were using a physical workstation with all the usual computing power, software applications and graphics-intensive creative tools.

The platform reduced Jellyfish’s desktop service costs by up to 30 percent and enabled flexible work practices that could be easily scaled up or down for different production needs.

Meridian Technology Center student Amber Terrill
NVIDIA GRID provides Meridian students and staff remote access while being cost effective to manage.

For Meridian, addressing the needs of its diverse student body in a bring-your-own-device culture required a powerful system that offered remote access while being cost effective to manage.

VMware vSphere and Horizon View provide the hypervisor and remote desktops.

Thanks to NVIDIA GRID, Meridian’s students can access even the most graphics-intensive applications. Meridian also uses it to enhance its curriculum, keep costs down and scale up as demand increases.

Find out more about NVIDIA GRID and VMware Horizon at www.nvidia.com/vmware. Read the full success stories from Jellyfish Pictures, STV and Meridian Technology.