NVIDIA GRID Pulls a Hat Trick with 3x Best of VMworld Award

by Don Bradley

For the third year running, NVIDIA GRID has won a coveted Gold Tech Target Best of VMworld 2016 award for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure.

NVIDIA GRID wins Best of VMworld awardAwarded each year during the VMworld conference, this year’s Best of VMworld Awards received more than 145 submissions in seven categories.

The Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure category recognizes products designed to enable organizations to build virtual infrastructures, including compute and storage hardware, as well as products designed to manage or virtualize hardware, such as software-defined storage.

This year’s submission was NVIDIA GRID with VMware Horizon 7. The new Horizon 7 leverages NVIDIA GRID to accelerate the new Blast Extreme protocol. Optimized for the mobile cloud, this protocol offloads encoding for VMware Blast Extreme from the CPU to the GPU. This frees up resources that allow the system to support up to 18% more users and improve overall user experience.

According to the judges, NVIDIA GRID was this year’s winner because the company “brings a very rich suite of diagnostic tools to an already impressive hardware platform.”

This year, NVIDIA was also named the 2016 VMware Technical Partner of the Year. In 2014, NVIDIA won Best of VMworld Gold for Desktop Virtualization & End-User Computing category. And in NVIDIA GRID’s 2013 debut, it won the first-ever Judges’ Choice award.

NVIDIA talk at VMworld VMworld 2016 has been amazing for NVIDIA GRID. It started with our worldwide announcement of the NVIDIA GRID August 2016 release with the industry’s first GPU monitoring capabilities as well as the general availability of the new Tesla M10.

On Tuesday, Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing, showed the power of NVIDIA GRID center-stage live during his keynote address.

In Las Vegas this year, VMworld hosted more than 24,000 people, and the NVIDIA booth saw proof of those numbers with standing room only at each and every booth talk. In addition, the NVIDIA GRID team gave more than 20 talks on the VMware mainstage and in our partner booths on the Solutions Exchange floor.

NVIDIA VR at VMworld Also at the show, we partnered with VMware to demonstrated for the first time anywhere photo-realistic, immersive VR in a VMware virtual environment. The VR demos were a big attraction with over 100 people per day lining up to take part.

We want to thank all our customers, partners and team for making VMworld 2016 phenomenal. To learn more about our announcements, demos and talks at VMworld check out our blogs here.