What is a Cloud Workstation?

Cloud desktop technology has evolved to allow the virtualisation of even the most complex line of business 3D graphical applications. NVIDIA GRID technology, in conjunction with a platform based on technology from Cisco, NetApp, Citrix and VMware provides flexible access to virtualised GPU compute power designed to deliver your application demands in the most efficient way. As different applications have different resource requirements (CPU, memory, storage, GPU), the virtualised environment ensures fully optimised resources are used to give an equivalent if not better performance as seen on a physical workstation.

Virtualisation Benefits

Not only is no resource wasted, virtualisation delivers many operational benefits to a business and its users:

The ability to collaborate globally on the same data concurrently removes time lags and delays in decision making.
Data moves efficiently between users, meaning that key employees have significantly increased productivity levels, and no issues with version control.
Application management, on a workstation by workstation basis is time consuming and requires numerous highly skilled staff. This is avoided with virtualisation.
No fixed work location means the ability to offer mobile and or flexible working conditions to attract and retain the best talent.
Device productivity averages less than 40% due to maintenance requirements, software patching, breaks and system outages with traditional workstations.
When the business is compelled to move large amounts of data it can struggle with constantly increasing network costs or physically moving the data via external devices, such as USB keys. This is avoided when using a secure CDE (Common Data Environment) through virtualisation.
Traditionally the only way to keep up with the growing process related demands has been to buy more and more physical workstations, multiplying the challenges Capex spend and maintenance. Again this is avoided via virtualisation.
Avoid running multiple operating systems requires multiple workstations, or complex workstation configuration. Costs of software upgrade or maintenance, security patching and application management can be significant and a major impediment at enterprise scale.
Applications that run on workstations would ideally drive replacements every 18 months as software becomes more demanding. Virtualisation provides technology future proofing.
The virtual platform allows for ‘burst’ capability – extra performance instantly, but only when required, rather than a higher-powered workstation often being underutilised most of the time.
Regardless of the speed of the workstation PCIe NVMe storage, enterprise data is stored centrally and accessed over the network.
Workstation power consumption drives up the business’ power costs. Air conditioning costs continue to be high due to the Workstation BTU (thermal) output and can be avoided via virtualisation.
Support costs for each workstation and time lost if the workstation fails can be significant – with a virtualised platform, meantime-to-recovery (MTTR) is reduced, and the management overhead is removed.

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