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January 2014, Volume 3, Number 1

What virtualized GPU technology is doing for VDI

GPU virtualization means VDI can go where it's never gone before -- and that's big news for the still-niche desktop delivery technology. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has become viable for more types of users, thanks to virtualized graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, which offload graphics processing to the server, improving application performance. Users that access 3-D or computer-aided design (CAD) applications, as well as video-intensive and gaming apps, won't see solid VDI performance without some kind of processing offload, said Todd Knapp, the CEO of Envision Technology Advisors. "CAD doesn't work in VDI without this technology," he said. Before virtualized GPU technology came along, VDI was primarily used by task workers. Desktop virtualization from Citrix and VMware could be deployed for about 60% to 70% of users before coming up against pockets of users that required more GPU power, according to Justin Boitano, a director of marketing for NVIDIA, the primary provider of virtualized GPU technology. "They would ...

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