Nvidia launches VGX board, eyes virtual workstations

Summary:The Nvidia VGX board is the equivalent of two Kepler desktop GPUs in a server. Systems with the new VGX line are expected in late 2012 and early 2013.

Nvidia on Wednesday rolled out its latest VGX board designed for servers delivering virtual desktop applications.

The aim for Nvidia is to bolster its graphics processor unit (GPU) presence in the enterprise and partnerships with Citrix and its virtual desktop software is the fastest route to hit that goal. Nvidia is best known as a graphics chip maker, but has expanded into servers, mobile devices and cloud computing.

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In a nutshell, the Nvidia VGX board is the equivalent of two Kepler desktop GPUs. Nvidia said its VGX board is available to server makers today. IBM, HP, Dell and Supermicro are server partners and are expected to deliver systems with the VGX board in late 2012 or first quarter of 2013.

Will Wade, director of VGX product line at Nvidia, said that Nvidia's partnership with Citrix gives it an avenue to plug into enterprise certified applications easily. The VGX board, which will work with Citrix HDX 3D Pro, XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 and XenServer 6, is designed for virtual workstations, said Wade.

According to Nvidia, capturing a portion of the virtual workstation market will allow it to target knowledge workers, a broader audience relative to its designer, engineer and power user customer base.

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Topics: Virtualization, Cloud, Data Centers, Processors, Servers

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