How NVIDIA GRID Is Bringing GIS to Any Device, Anywhere

by Chip Carr

Life just got easier if your company is one of the 300,000 relying on Esri solutions to visually understand and analyze location data.

That’s because the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance with NVIDIA GRID graphics virtualization technology is here. Now, geographic information systems (GIS) applications, like Esri ArcGIS Pro, can be delivered to users in the field, on any connected device.

Previously, using ArcGIS Pro had been confined to high-end workstations. With NVIDIA GRID, users anywhere get the same high-end experience, but the application stays hosted in the data center.

Whether for city planning, military operations, facilities management or natural resource conservation, all sorts of organizations use ArcGIS Pro. Schools, governments and businesses use it to analyze data, create maps, visualize scenarios and share information, in both 2D and 3D environments.

Easing Work on the Outside

GIS is all about understanding information about the outside. But without virtualization, its use has largely been stuck inside office walls.

The Esri ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance makes it easy to virtualize ArcGIS Pro, so those in the field can be just as productive as people back at the office. It’s based on the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse, and uses VMware vSphere 6.0 and Horizon View. NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology divides and shares the GPU, so up to 16 concurrent users can enjoy a high-end workstation-class experience.

The Esri ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance makes it simple for IT managers interested in virtualizing ArcGIS Pro to spin up a proof of concept or deployment. They can integrate it into an established virtualization environment within a matter of hours. It’s even easy to order. And set-up is a snap using Dell’s Quick Start Tool to install and configure the VMware desktop virtualization instances.

Check it out for yourself, and watch the video below for a taste of what NVIDIA GRID offers Esri users.