Remote desktop technology has been around for a couple decades. Even the idea of using the cloud to deploy remote desktops isn’t a new idea. Organizations use RDP technology for telecommuting, business continuity and server administration tasks. While this technology has matured leaps and bounds since first being utilized, remote desktops that connect to virtual machines in the cloud certainly have their limitations. If you have ever used a cloud virtual machine, you know that watching flash videos is choppy and inconsistent. System administrators have shied away from deploying cloud desktops that are designed to use rich media editing applications due to the fact that GPU virtualization was not present to mimic the presence of a robust graphics card.
All of this is about to change according to a conference held by nVidia earlier this week. nVidia has partnered with VMware in efforts to support the new nVidia GRID technology beginning in 2015. ESXi is the most popular hypervisor in private datacenters. In fact, VMware is used by 100% of the Fortune 100 companies. The marriage between VMware and nVidia opens up the world of remote desktop services to an entirely new market. An article at Forbes mentions “Net-net, Nvidia helped create and now has access to an addressable market 6X the size of the current one.” The nVidia GRID infrastructure can be abstracted in the same way that other cloud services are abstracted so that virtual GPUs can be delivered as a service.
Those who use AutoCAD applications, Adobe Photoshop or even those wanting to have a killer ping time while playing their favorite graphic-rich PC game can now do so in the cloud using the nVidia GRID technology. Instead of continuously refreshing desktop hardware and video cards, nVidia’s partnership with VMware will change the way desktop PCs are deployed in organizations which in turn will save on capital expenditures.