VMware NVIDIA and Google promise fluid remote experience with any Windows application on Chromebooks
My brother is an architect. Having the GPU grunt on his laptop has been an issue for years, usually at a great impact to battery life and budget. When his laptop needed service a few years back, I restored his latest daily laptop backup to a VM, and offered him temporary remote access to his Windows 7 with AutoCAD. Not ideal, and not exactly fast enough.
So my ears were burning during the live vmware.com/now presentation going on right now, when new options for lowly Chromebooks were announced. If this promise actually becomes reality, this sure could be an interesting future for the ever-elusive thin client promise. Read more for yourself below, and consider dropping a comment below.
VMware, NVIDIA and Google Unveil Future of Graphics-Rich Applications Delivered on Enterprise Cloud Desktops
Collaboration Delivers Fluid, Remote User Experience With Any Windows Applications on Google Chromebooks
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - Today at VMworld® 2014, VMware, NVIDIA and Google announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks.
The joint solution optimizes the performance of virtual graphics applications at scale. NVIDIA GRID vGPU is the industry's most advanced technology for sharing GPU acceleration between multiple virtual desktops. Combined with VMware Horizon in the data center, the solution will optimize graphics and CPU utilization to allow more desktops and applications to be deployed on a single server.
VMware BLAST Performance technology in the data center and in firmware residing on Chromebooks will deliver a great end-user experience, graphics-rich applications with high fidelity, and extended battery life by up to 50 percent using exclusive NVIDIA® Tegra® decode technologiesi. This makes graphically demanding applications, such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD® and productivity applications like Microsoft Office completely fluid. NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Chromebooks will be among the first Chromebooks to take advantage of this future technology.
APPLICATION FOR EARLY ACCESS TO NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ ON VMware vSphere®
NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ ON VMware vSphere® TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW
APPLICATION INFORMATION AND PROGRAM BENEFITS
At VMworld 2014, NVIDIA and VMware announced an early access program that provides a technology preview of NVIDIA GRID™ vGPU™ on VMware vSphere®. This is a limited access program for customers worldwide who meet the early access requirements. In order to qualify you must be a current VMware customer, running vSGA or vDGA on NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 today.