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Enabling next-generation VDI: The GPU breakthrough with HPE and NVIDIA

Virtual desktop infrastructure is a key technology for today’s remote work environments, and with modern graphics processing solutions, it can support a wide range of compute- and graphics-intensive use cases. A new e-book explains how.

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By Katya Girgus, HPE Alliance Manager

As with much in life, the global pandemic has completely changed how and where people work from day to day. Remote working is no longer just one of a range of possibilities for participating in today’s workforce. Rather, it has become essential for most groups of people who associate daily, be it for work or for school. As a result, virtualization for applications and desktops – technology that has been around for almost two decades – has gained incredible potency because it supports remote working scenarios that uniquely fit work-from-home (WFH) requirements.

VDI is an acronym for virtual desktop infrastructure, which provides the means for organizations to deliver a complete and workable application or desktop experience to end users across various devices and in many locations. Traditionally, VDI did not fit well for applications, such as CAD or 3D design, that come with heavy and demanding compute- and graphics-intensive processing requirements. And as office productivity tools and Windows 10 have become increasingly feature-rich, even knowledge worker users now may require a graphics-accelerated VDI environment.

Today’s modern graphics processing units (GPUs) from NVIDIA work just as well in data centers as they once did in expensive workstations to deliver excellent performance and effective workload handling in VDI environments.

The advantages of GPU-accelerated VDI

In fact, virtual desktop infrastructure solves a range of modern challenges to remote working, including:

  • Security: VDI delivers consistent, secure, and updated virtual desktops to users. It isolates the virtual desktop from the underlying device to stymie malware infections. A virtual desktop runs corporate applications and stores their assets on corporate systems where governance and policy are enforced.
  • Mobility: In an increasingly 5G world, ever more end users turn to mobile devices for work. VDI brings the full range of applications, including graphics- and compute-intensive apps, to these devices.
  • User experience and performance: VDI with NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) acceleration connects end users with complex, demanding applications, and enables support for multiple, high-resolution monitors and an improved user experience for streaming media.
  • Manageability: Managing a VDI environment gives IT the tools to create standard desktop images for user groups, and greatly simplifies onboarding, provisioning, troubleshooting, and support. NVIDIA vGPU software provides real-time insight into GPU performance and migration technology, as well as broad partner integrations that enable the use of trusted tools.

The Gorilla Guide To…® Enabling Next-Generation VDI (requires registration) explains how modern, GPU-accelerated VDI supports the needs of remote workers and their employers (or institutions) to get work done productively and efficiently. This ebook provides a thorough overview of what a modern, GPU-accelerated VDI is, how it works, and how it can transform your remote work support and capabilities.

It also shows you how VDI is already working well for organizations in healthcare, financial services, state and local education, and government arms and agencies. Even scientists and researchers who must build complex models and simulations, or use AI to process and analyze enormous datasets, find that servers equipped with NVIDIA virtual GPUs can support VMs suitable for thousands of high-function users during daytime working hours. At night, the same infrastructure can support compute-intensive jobs such as deep-learning AI analyses or genome sequencing.

Organizations that put GPU-accelerated VDI to work report enhanced productivity and mobility, reduced infrastructure costs, more robust security, improved client or patient service, and support for the full range of workloads that the organization’s IT infrastructure needs to handle.

Even creative and technical professionals are finding that VDI offers them greater abilities to work remotely and remain effective and productive. With a wide range of NVIDIA offerings, the opportunities to put advanced technology to work are nearly limitless. Regular and high-end users—including engineers, designers and CAD users, as well as graphics and content creators—can find VDI solutions to meet their specific application and data-handling needs.

Behind the scenes, HPE VDI solutions with NVIDIA vGPU technology provide the power and capability necessary to support an improved user experience as well as a broad range of applications, including graphics-, data- and compute-intensive platforms for remote work.

At the same time, these solutions provide organizations with simplified management, increased security, and incredible user mobility and flexibility. HPE’s portfolio includes a choice of traditional rack-mounted servers; hyperconverged infrastructure solutions; and composable solutions that permit mix-and-match elements for compute, networking, and storage and even support bare-metal VDI (so a user device need not even have an OS running to download, launch, and run a VDI VM).

That’s the high-level view, but you will find more details and numerous informative case studies and examples in The Gorilla Guide To…® Enabling Next-Generation VDI. Download the guide today!

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