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 that only the resources needed are used to give the same performance as seen on a physical workstation.

Virtualisation Benefits

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

People The inability to collaborate globally on the same data concurrently can cause time lags and delays in decision making.
Data moves inefficiently between users, meaning that key employees have significantly reduced productivity levels, and issues with version control.
Application management, on a workstation by workstation basis is time consuming and requires numerous highly skilled staff for application management on a workstation basis.
Fixed work location means inability 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. Processes
The need for constant training of colleagues in aspects of creating, managing, researching and testing the services that need documenting and delivering.
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.
Traditionally the only way to meet with the growing process related demands has been to keep buying more and more physical workstations, multiplying the challenges.
Technology 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.
The virtual platform allows for ‘burst’ capability – extra performance instantly, but only when required, rather than a higher powered workstation often being underutilised the majority of the time.
Regardless of the speed of the workstation PCIe NVMe storage, enterprise data is stored centrally and access over the network.
Historically, highly graphical software could not be virtualised due to GPU and legacy server limitation.
Workstation power consumption drives up the business’ power costs. Air conditioning requirements continue to be high due to the Workstation BTU (thermal) output.
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.