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The new Azure NVv4 series will give Nutanix Frame customers a wider range of GPU options for their virtual desktop and application streaming needs. This unlocks a broader range of use cases with a very compelling price/performance ratio supporting not only high-end cloud workstations but also task and knowledge workers who can benefit using the NV4v4 or NV8v4 options.
Why are GPUs important for our virtual applications and desktops?
More and more applications we use everyday such as Office365, Internet browsers, and the Windows 10 OS benefits when a GPU is available. It isn’t only the workstations that benefit, but also 3D Graphics, CAD/CAM and HPC which also require and benefit from using a GPU. Office productivity and knowledge workers also benefit when a GPU is available - the user experience is just better.
Why isn’t everyone using GPUs or vGPUs in virtual applications and desktops?
The biggest disadvantage of adding a GPU with virtual applications and desktops is cost.
That’s why it is great that AMD is entering the public cloud space with NVv4 series on Azure and delivering a cost effective machine with a GPU. By enabling virtualized GPUs in the cloud with Azure NVv4 and Nutanix Frame, we are able to deliver a whole new level of value that unlocks a much broader set of use cases.
For an even bigger impact and GPU adoption, we will see AMD entering the on-premises space and going mainstream in the near future. The biggest competition of NVIDIA - AMD or Intel GPUs is the CPU as it drives more innovation and lowers the price for NVIDIA.
Frame and Azure NVv4 - Preview
The Frame Remoting Protocol (FRP) ensures that the virtual applications and desktop presented in the HTML5 interface perform well and can easily handle graphic-intensive applications. FRP works best in Local Area Network (LAN) in mobile and in Wide Area Network (WAN) scenarios. Based on available bandwidth and network conditions such as latency and packet loss, FRP automatically adapts, delivering the best experience possible. When you want to render and display resource intensive workstation applications from e.g. Autodesk, Adobe, and ESRI, the experience is great delivering up to 60 frames per second even in a multi-monitor configuration.
In the preview below you will see Frame with the Azure NVv4 machine in action, also take a close look at the embedded video which gives good insights into user experience in a WAN scenario.
The video provides a preview of Nutanix Frame and Microsoft Azure NVv4 working together. The virtual desktop is running in Azure South Central US ~8000km or ~5000miles away from the physical endpoint. In this configuration the NV8v4 is used. The end user device is using a HTML5 browser, no client - agent - receiver or plug-in is installed and delivering great user experience over a WAN with 120ms latency. Check out the video here:
Now you know why Frame & Azure NVv4 are great together, just like bacon and eggs!
Try Xi Frame for Yourself
While Frame and Azure NVv4 is an (internal) preview I can imagine you want to see Frame in action yourself. Click the link to test out Xi Frame for free. You will get a great overview of both the user experience and admin experience. If you want to evaluate Frame and start a 30-day trial check out this page for more information. We’ll keep you posted on the final release, so stay tuned!
Ruben Spruijt - Sr. Technologist Nutanix - @rspruijt
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