SINGAPORE (December 16, 2013) — Businesses worldwide can now offer their designers and engineers – including those working remotely – cost-effective, secure, graphics-intensive applications using NVIDIA® GRID™ vGPU™ (virtual GPU) technology. It launches today with the general availability of Citrix XenDesktop® 7.1 and Citrix XenServer® 6.2. NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology lets employees use essentially any computing device, including their own notebooks and portable devices, to access all their office productivity and design applications virtually – just as they would at their desks – from anywhere at any time.
Businesses have increasingly relied on desktop virtualisation technologies to provide employees with anytime access to computing resources. However, until NVIDIA GRID, virtual apps and desktops had to rely on CPU-based graphics to scale on servers. Performance and compatibility constraints made it impractical to virtualise applications such as building information management (BIM), product-lifecycle management (PLM) and video-photo editing.
Prior to GRID vGPU on Citrix XenDesktop, customers could deploy GRID to virtualise GPU access to end users on a one-to-one basis. Now, they can quickly share access on one GPU to many end users, and easily reallocate access depending on changing project needs.
“Since the launch of our technology preview of XenDesktop and XenServer, we’ve demonstrated to customers worldwide that graphically demanding desktops and applications can be virtualized cost effectively and with high scalability using NVIDIA GRID vGPU,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president product marketing, Desktops and Apps at Citrix. “With the general availability of XenDesktop 7.1 and XenServer 6.2, businesses everywhere can download a 60-day trial and experience the performance advantages for themselves.”
NVIDIA GRID vGPU is the industry’s only offering that enables GPU sharing without sacrificing application compatibility or the user experience.
For the architecture, engineering and construction industries and the aerospace, manufacturing and design industries, the technology delivers the flexibility to reallocate resources to users based on constantly changing project needs. For institutions in higher education, NVIDIA GRID vGPU enables scalable lab environments that deliver tools to students wherever they learn best.
Certified by leading ISVs, NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology allows multiple virtual machines to share a GPU and run the full NVIDIA driver, which means 100 percent application compatibility.
“Designers, engineers and creative professionals are thought leaders who drive innovation in business, but historically they’ve been limited in where they can work due to the relatively large computers they needed to do their jobs,” said Jeff Brown , vice president of the Professional Visualization and Design business at NVIDIA. “With NVIDIA GRID vGPU, these innovators can now work wherever they find insight – onsite with clients, at home or around the office.”