Nvidia launches test drive to plug GRID, cloud virtual workstations

Summary:Nvidia's GRID technology enables graphics-heavy applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD to run in the cloud to any device.

Nvidia, aiming to put more graphic processors in data centers, launched a test drive program for its GRID technology to highlight virtual workstation capabilities via cloud computing.

The company's GRID technology enables graphics-heavy applications such as Autodesk AutoCAD to run in the cloud to any device. Nvidia partners include HP, Dell, Citrix, VMware and Microsoft.

According to Milan Diebel, senior product manager with Nvidia GRID, said that the test drive is a way to allow potential customers and interested parties to try the technology without a pilot. "The biggest pain point for VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) is that it takes a lot of time and money to demo this internally," said Diebel.

Diebel argues that enterprises are entering a "virtualization 2.0 era" where cloud delivery of applications can meet the performance of a local laptop for graphic intensive software.

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The test drive is available in North American and Nvidia plans to launch Asia Pacific and Europe soon. For now the test drive is only available for Windows, but Nvidia is planning versions for Mac OS X and Linux.

Here's a look at what you'll see on the test drive:

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Topics: Virtualization, Data Centers, Processors

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