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NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (vWS)


By combining NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (vWS) software with NVIDIA GPUs, you can deliver the most powerful virtual workstation from the datacentre or cloud to any device. Millions of creative and technical professionals can access the most demanding applications from anywhere and tackle larger datasets, all while meeting the need for greater security.

As an NVIDIA Preferred Virtualisation partner, the Scan IT team is able to advise on a wide range of virtual GPU topics including your choice of licences and the hardware required to deliver the platform on - specifically tailored for your number of users.

With NVIDIA vWS powering your virtual desktop environment, you enable the industry-leading capabilities of GPU-acceleration on every device in your organisation - enabling secure, work from anywhere capability while delivering a high performance experience allowing you to run complex, real-time simulations and speed the rendering time of photorealistic images. NVIDIA vWS also addresses these common physical workstation challenges:

  • Risk of mission-critical data or intellectual property left unsecured on a workstation’s local storage media
  • Interrupted workflows associated with network latency and lengthy cycle times for remote file access and editing
  • Constrained productivity resulting from limited access to data and designs from offsite or offshore locations
  • Limited ability to support an agile, project-based workforce of creative and technical professionals with the applications, data, and computer resources they need

Wide Range of Application Support

A whole host of industry sectors can increase their productivity by deploying vWS within their organisation, supported via a vast range of certified applications.



Empower architects, engineers, and designers to collaborate in real time on designs.

Common Applications: Adobe Creative Cloud, Allplan, ANSYS, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, Bentley AECOsim, Bentley MicroStation



Liberate the lab and provide access to graphics-intensive 3D software tradition on any device, from anywhere.

Common Applications: Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Revit, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, Esri ArcGIS



Deliver remote access for 3D volumetric viewing and editing of images to radiologists, physicians, and medical imaging specialists.

Common Applications: PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), Eclipse Medical Imaging



Compress design cycles and accelerate time-to-market, while protecting sensitive data, by enabling virtual access to photorealistic 3D models.

Common Applications: ANSYS Fluent, ANSYS Mechanical, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk 3ds Max, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes CATIA, PTC Creo, Siemens PLM NX



Enable geoscientists to remotely access large seismic datasets residing securely in the datacentre to make multi-million- dollar drilling decisions.

Common Applications: Autodesk Autodesk AutoCAD, ANSYS Fluent, Dassault Systèmes CATIA, Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, Esri ArcGIS, Landmark, Schlumberger Petrel


Media and Entertainment

Remotely edit video, on up to two 8K monitors, and bring on new contractors in minutes while keeping video files securely in the datacentre.

Common Applications: Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya

Features of vWS

The exact server specification required to deliver vWS will depend on the application(s) being deployed and to how many users. NVIDIA produces a sizing guide for the most popular graphics applications, advising on server system specs driven by light, medium or heavy use. This will hinge primarily on the GPU required, although other system considerations will be highlighted too. An example for Dassault Systèmes CATIA is shown below:

Features vWS
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Features vWS
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Multi-GPU Support chart check
Maximum Hardware Rendering Up to 4x
2x 8K displays
Maximum Resolution 7680 x 4320
GPU A100 A30 A40 A10 A16
GPU Architecture Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere Ampere
Memory Size 40 GB HBM2 24 GB GDDR6 48 GB GDDR6 24 GB GDDR6 4x 16 GB per GPU
Virtualisation Workload Highest performance virtualised compute including AI, HPC and data processing, includes support for up to 7 MIG instances. Virtualise mainstream compute and AI inference, includes support for up to 4 MIG instances. Mid-range to high-end 3D design and creative workflows with NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (vWS). Entry to mid-range virtual workstations for design and engineering with NVIDIA vWS. Also run graphics-rich virtual desktops with vPC and deep learning inferencing with vCS. Office productivity applications, streaming video and teleconferencing tools for graphics-rich virtual desktops accessible from anywhere.
Usage vCS vCS vWS, vPC, vApps vWS, vPC, vApps, vCS vWS, vPC, vApps

For full GPU specifications and to compare models please see our Professional GPU Buyers Guide.

GPU V100 RTX 8000 RTX 6000 T4
GPU Architecture Volta Turing Turing Turing
Memory Size 32/16 GB HBM2 48 GB GDDR6 24 GB GDDR6 16 GB GDDR6
Virtualisation Workload Ultra-high-end rendering, simulation, and 3D design with NVIDIA vWS. AI, deep learning, and data science with NVIDIA vCS. Work with the largest, most complex RTX enabled rendering, 3D design, and creative applications, with NVIDIA vWS. Mid-range to high-end rendering, 3D design, and creative workflows with RTX applications and NVIDIA vWS. Entry-level 3D design and engineering workflows with Quadro vDWS. High-density, low-power GPU acceleration for knowledge workers with NVIDIA GRID software.
Usage vWS, vPC, vApp, vCS vWS, vPC, vApp, vCS vWS, vPC, vApp, vCS vWS, vPC, vApps

For full GPU specifications and to compare models please see our Professional GPU Buyers Guide.

Ways to buy and deploy NVIDIA vWS

Regarding product licensing, NVIDIA vWS is linked to a user with a display, so the number of licenses will equal the number of users you require. It is also possible to co-terminate new and existing licences - meaning that you reduce licensing admin by synchronising the renewal dates in line with latest purchases. With these considerations in mind, there are three main routes to creating a vWS solution:

Purchase vWS licences

If the servers you have are equipped already with sufficient GPUs for your chosen performance requirement, then you just need to buy NVIDIA vWS licenses. Please contact us to discuss your NVIDIA vWS licensing requirements or click below.

Buy vWS Licences

Upgrade your servers and add licensing

If your servers are not equipped with the necessary supported GPUs but are capable of being upgraded, then this is a straight-forward option. Once this is done, in combination with the purchase of vWS licenses, you will be ready to deploy vWS. Please contact the Scan IT team to discuss your NVIDIA GPU and NVIDIA vWS licensing requirements.

Purchase new servers and add licensing

If your servers are too old, or would be too expensive to overhaul to the required GPU specification, then you need to invest in a purpose-built server or servers to deliver the vWS experience you want. Please contact the Scan IT team to discuss your project so we can spec-up suitable GPU-accelerated servers with the appropriate NVIDIA vWS licenses.

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