Blog: The future of desktop virtualisation

With the rapid rise of BYOD and the consumerisation of IT, the relationship between the user and IT has changed dramatically.
Users are now demanding rapid response times and a more agile workplace in order to support collaboration with their peers, contractors, client and suppliers.

 

In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Blue Central of Australia’s leading AEC organisations, 78% of respondents believed that it is crucial that their designers are able to collaborate and have a mobility strategy in place.

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“What’s great is the fact that we can now transform absolutely any device on the market into a workstation. And with data being stored in the same physical location – access to datasets is almost instant. And with workstations delivered as a service, you no longer have to worry about spending large amounts of money on expensive machines – you can consume the power of GPU, when required and shut it down when your project is over.”

Joshua Sadek, General Manager Cloud Services – Blue Central

 

Interestingly, our research has found that 75% believe that it is crucial that their designers are able to collaborate with their peers, contractors, clients or suppliers.

 

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To help deal with this demand, organisations are looking towards desktop virtualization to help facilitate agility and the ability to effectively collaborate, and provide the compliance IT needs to enforce governance.

 

As previously discussed by IDC, desktop virtualization can benefit both desktop operations as well as workforce productivity, and for that reason has now gained attention from IT and business line managers. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased workforce flexibility using teleworking programs and desktop images on their own device
  • Making productivity applications by available on any device, including tablets, smartphones and alternative PC platforms.
  • Ability to adapt to business changes by scaling resources on an as-needed basis
  • Increasing levels of mobility, security and cost reduction by approach IT with a service-driven approach

 

From past to present – How the technology has transformed

A year ago, VDI technology was limited.
If it was available, it was only able to work with those applications that required very simple graphics processing.

 

My, how things change.

 

Now fast forward to 2016…

 

“Recently, improvements in virtual desktop graphical performance capabilities, such as the ability to display applications that use OpenGL and DirectX, means that almost every application that can run on a desktop computer is viable to run on a virtual desktop.”

WindowsITPro, Advances in VDI graphical performance

 

What’s more, most VDI technologies also have the ability to balance processor and graphics rendering, based on the user’s requirements – without compromising other users.
So, since we now have the technology and capabilities to provide more rapid response times and a more agile workplace, what is the key to making such a deployment successful?

 

The answer is, the right hardware. More specifically, high-performance graphics adapters that are compatible with your organization’s VDI platform.

 

Sceptical about a virtualised user experience? Consider the power of NVIDIA GRID

You’re not alone about being sceptical, in fact:

 

“Most virtual desktop environments lack GPUs and instead rely on either the server’s CPUs, a less-sophisticated offload card on the server, or a GPU-equipped thin client to do the rendering. This hodgepodge approach — which isn’t optimal — is a root cause of virtual desktops mixed user experience reputation.”

Forrester 2015, Accelerate Product Design with Digital Workspaces for 3D Visualization

 

Virtualising the GPU with NVIDIA GRID.
This means that multiple virtualized sessions can now share a single GPU, making it a more effective alternative, especially for those graphic-intensive users. Every virtual desktop has dedicated graphics memory, just like they would at their desk, so they always have the resources they need to launch and run their applications.

 

And because data and applications are housed side by side in the data center, users are able to realise enhanced performance, productivity, and collaboration.

 

“GPUs provide the processing power needed to render graphics and deliver quality interactive visual experience across the cloud and in data centers. With NVIDIA GRID enterprises have the power needed to run the most demanding graphics intensive applications, enabling seamless real-time collaboration and letting users work anytime, anywhere and on any device.”

John Fanelli, VP Of Product – NVIDIA GRID

 

Leveraging Blue Central with NVIDIA GRID

While the flexibility and power of NVIDIA GRID implementations provide improved end-user experience and productivity benefits, they also provide system administrators with direct control of GPU service allocation for users. Administrators can balance user density and performance, maintaining high GPU performance for all users, across all devices.
Blue Central’s GPU GRID, built on NVIDIA GRID technology integrates with leading virtualisation partners such as Citrix and VMware, to allow you to virtualise applications and ensure increased productivity from your team.

 

This gives IT better scalability, manageability, and security by efficiently allocating graphics resources. And end users get the graphics horsepower they need across devices and locations.

 

Application compatibility means designers and engineers can confidently working on applications they count on—such as Siemens NX, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS, and Autodesk AutoCAD—delivered by native NVIDIA graphics drivers, and collaborate in real-time for better productivity.

 

The end result?

  • Accelerated virtual desktops, enhanced performance productivity and collaboration
  • A single panel allowing you to allocate graphic resources as needed – making it much more simple to deploy and manage accelerated desktops
  • Keeping it secure, all while providing access to those who need it
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