Earlier this month, NVIDIA announced that Google will be the first cloud provider to offer NVIDIA t4 GPUs and RTX technology for virtual workstations. This is the latest in a string of recent upgrades to GCP as Google posies itself for battle in the enterprise cloud computing arena – currently dominated by AWS and Azure.
At Leostream, we are long-time partners of NVIDIA, and we are thrilled to see their GPU-technology integrated into Google’s public cloud offering. We’ve been following the enterprise adoption rates of the public cloud since early this decade, and although slow, we’ve seen the biggest steps forward in the past few years with the rise of the HPC public cloud instance. In fact, Apple’s AWS-spend alone now tips the scales at 30 million a month.
The benefits of cloud adoption for all business are innumerable – anywhere access, zero hardware investments, manage your environment from wherever you roam, spin up and tear down at a moment’s notice. However, for the enterprise, where the cloud may fall short is performance A basic AWS Windows desktop might be fine for your average task worker or developer, but for any user whose job requires access to applications with pixel-perfect 3D rendering or performing any advanced computing, a move to the cloud, without considering performance needs, can cause a degradation in performance that ranges from mildly annoying to potentially disastrous.
However, with the rise of the HPC public cloud instance, we are finally watching our long-time on-premises VDI enterprise customers, dip their toe into the public cloud. And for loyalists to the Google ecosystem (of which we have plenty in our office!) NVIDIA TESLA GPUs on GCP is almost as exciting as finally seeing Ghost again in Sunday night’s Game of Thrones episode.
With the addition of GCP support in the latest Leostream release, we are eagerly anticipating increased GCP adoption rates amongst our enterprise customer hosting graphics-rich workloads!