Leostream partners NVIDIA released a webinar this past week discussing “What’s New with NVIDIA vGPU Solutions October 2018.” At Leostream, we are particularly excited about the NVIDIA vGPU advances, as they are the missing puzzle piece for one of the most underserved markets in the VDI space – Media and Entertainment.
Historically, VDI and hosted application options for our M&E customers were limited. Leostream offers support for plenty of high-performance protocols such as Mechdyne TGX, HP RGS, and Teradici PCoIP, but the datacenter hardware side was always somewhat lacking. The vast majority of the deployments we saw were one-to-one dedicated high-performance workstations. While the rest of the world moved towards global application sharing, cloud-hosted desktops, and anywhere, anytime access, the lack of high-performance options for virtual GPUs left our customers who required pixel-perfect graphics rendering in the dust.
However, with the latest release of NVIDIA’s vGPU, we can confidently recommend a VDI option for our M&E customers!
NVIDIA’s Tesla vGPU workstations, with added 4K multi-monitor support, are an ideal hardware choice for our M&E customers who use Leostream to provide remote user access for applications such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, or really any graphics-intense application. Paired with a high-performance display protocol, such as Mechdyne TGX, our customers can provide their users with on-demand access, an “at-desk” experience, and global collaboration.
Some of the more recent additions to NVIDIA’s vGPU workstations include vMotion support for vSphere (this is an addition to XenMotion for Citrix, which was already supported). Additionally, to enable even more powerful virtual workstations, you can now assign multiple vGPUs to a single VM (vSphere OR KVM – we love OpenStack VDI, too!).
As for the rest of us, the line between “power user” and “task user” is becoming increasingly blurred as Windows 10 alone requires 30% more GPU. So, whether its a new VDI implementation for a graphics-intense software, or just a Windows 10 migration, NVIDIA vGPU workstations are a great option for graphics-intense VDI.