AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Expand Offerings and Programs for Quadro Virtual Workstations in the Cloud

by Anne Hecht

For engineers, designers, artists and others who need Quadro performance while working remotely, the cloud provides a great option. And now it’s easier than ever to get started with NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation from Oracle, AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure and use graphics-intensive applications like those from Adobe.

Quadro vWS cloud instances support graphics-intensive workloads without the need for any on-premises infrastructure — you just need a thin client or any connected device. It’s flexible and affordable, and IT departments can quickly provision new virtual workstations in minutes. Upgrades can be done just as quickly.

Availability of Quadro vWS has expanded through:

  • A new offering, with no additional charge, from Oracle
  • Information from AWS with tutorials and guides to help users get started
  • A new promotion and $300 credit from Google Cloud
  • Information on how to leverage Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop
  • Information on how to run Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects in the cloud

Learn more about these offerings below.

Oracle Cloud Announces Quadro vWS — at No Additional Charge

Oracle recently announced the NVIDIA Quadro vWS image is available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace with Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.

Creative and technical professionals can choose between NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPU and P100 instances, allowing them to access the most demanding applications from any device, work from anywhere, tackle larger datasets and meet the need for greater security.

Oracle is offering Quadro vWS at no additional charge with the GPU instance.

AWS Delivers Virtual Workstations 

AWS and NVIDIA are collaborating on Rethink Creativity, a campaign to support media and entertainment studios, departments and freelancers that can benefit from virtual workstations in the cloud.

Virtual workstations running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G4 instances utilizes NVIDIA T4 Tensor Core GPUs and includes access to Quadro vWS at no additional cost, delivering the professional computer graphics required for digital content creation work such as visual effects, animation and real-time, interactive rendering with RTX-enabled applications.

New AWS users can also apply for a $500 promotional credit, which covers the cost of the tutorial to get started and additional hours for evaluation. AWS supports multiple streaming protocol options, such as Teradici Cloud Access Software or NICE DCV, which is free to use on Amazon EC2 instances to help users securely access remote workstations and take full advantage of NVIDIA GPUs.

Google Cloud Launches Campaign, Offers $300 Credit for New Customers

Google Cloud and NVIDIA are working together on The Power of Two, a campaign that includes how Quadro vWS helps creative and technical professionals working remotely. Google is also offering a $300 credit, available worldwide, to new customers.

Microsoft Azure for Video, Web Conferencing, Browsing 

Microsoft Azure and NVIDIA recently collaborated to evaluate the performance of Windows Virtual Desktop instances running various graphics workloads such as WebGL, video playback and web conferencing tools like Webex and Microsoft Teams. Windows Virtual Desktop delivers simplified management, Windows 10 multi-session, optimizations for Microsoft 365 Apps, and support for remote desktop services environments.

The results reveal that GPU acceleration benefits even these common workloads, showing that knowledge workers can greatly benefit from GPU-accelerated desktops. Azure supports multiple GPU options with Windows Virtual Desktop, and customers can choose from the NVIDIA M60 or P40 GPU.

Adobe Updates Cloud Guidance

Adobe Creative Cloud engineering teams have tested Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, including Adobe Media Encoder and After Effects Render Engine, and have provided specific guidance on cloud environment configurations, details on deployment methodologies, virtual machine sizing, storage, and hardware device compatibility issues.

These guidelines help users achieve agility and scalability in scenarios supported by each cloud provider and Adobe. For each global provider, Adobe has provided a guide that recommends NVIDIA GPUs supported by the latest Quadro graphics software and drivers.

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