"The Power of Graphics & Virtualization" Roadshow Recap
"The Power of Graphics + Virtualization” Roadshow is officially in the books and what a success it was.
The survey results from the attendees were phenomenal with over 90% rating the Roadshow events at “Very Valuable to Extremely Valuable” and well over half of the attendees requesting appointments to better understand how they can make the NVIDIA GRID technology work in their environments.
One particular attendee discussed how he was able to save his company $25,000,000 in hard dollars leveraging NVIDIA technology with Citrix that certainly got a lot of attention, but that was just one of several announcements.
Our biggest announcement of the Roadshow event series was the unveiling of a new collaboration effort between Thomas Poppelgaard, Citrix CTP and specialist in virtualizing CAD/CAE/CAM, entertainment and media applications via Citrix, VMware, and Microsoft technologies, and virtualization specialist, managed services & cloud provider, Whitehat Virtual Technologies.
The Poppelgaard + Whitehat collaboration combines the design and architecture skills of Thomas Poppelgaard across all virtualization platforms with the assessment, management, delivery and execution skills of our team here at Whitehat.
Thomas brings an incredible depth of design and architecture talent to graphically intense workloads that our customers want to virtualize, like SolidWorks, Autodesk, Maya and the Adobe Suite among others. Every Whitehat customer will benefit from this partnership as Thomas will create the design for every major project.
From Microsoft Office to the most graphically-demanding applications, every employee and end user will benefit from the rich graphic experience that Thomas’ experience provides.
The first project to test the collaborative efforts of this new Poppelgaard + Whitehat Virtual collaboration will be a Global Top 20 architecture and design firm looking for guidance on how to protect assets, manage the cost of technology while delivering an exceptional end user experience to end users scattered around the world.
We are very excited about this collaboration because our customers have demonstrated that they want to be able to deliver more graphically intense workloads successfully, be it video conferencing, corporate training videos or just an exceptional YouTube or Google Earth experience. With Thomas, our customers will have access to one of the world’s foremost authorities on the topic of virtualizing graphically intense applications and work with Thomas to design and ultimately build successful virtualized environments with rich graphic experiences.
For the event, Thomas and the Whitehat team demonstrated graphically intense applications being delivered via published application (XenApp) and virtual desktop (XenDesktop) both locally on a Dell R720 server in the room and from the Cloud, accessing GRID enabled servers in Denmark and California.
NVIDIA, led by Eric Puccio and Luke Wignall made some announcements of their own including new NVIDIA GRID certified servers from Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP and IBM including a new tower option from Dell, the PowerEdge T620.
The NVIDIA team also announced new configuration profiles for the NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 cards and explained the impact of the new configurations on Citrix XenApp, XenDesktop and VMware View environments.
I think Luke Wignall, pictured on the left, best summed up the reason why NVIDIA K1 and K2 cards only work in the approved/certified servers. In short, it is to prevent non-certified servers from becoming Easy Bake Ovens.
If you missed the Spring Roadshow you can catch Thomas speaking at Synergy this year in Anaheim May 6th – May 8th or you can see an extensive demonstration of these technologies and our first formally announced speaker, Thomas Poppelgaard at our September 25th event, VMXpo 2014.