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Q&A: Interview with NVIDIA, Talking VMware Partnership and GTC Conference

While at VMware's Partner Exchange (PEX) event last month, I had the opportunity to visit with NVIDIA to see what they've been up to in the world of desktop and server virtualization.  And since the show, I had another opportunity to learn more and follow up with Andrew Cresci, General Manager at NVIDIA GRID, to ask about the company's partnership with VMware and to learn more about their upcoming GPU Technology Conference (GTC).

VMblog:  You just recently announced the integration of vGPU technology with VMware vSphere last month at PEX.  How has your partnership with VMware been growing?

Andrew Cresci:  I can't tell you how excited I am that VMware vSphere 6 with integrated NVIDIA GRID vGPU starts shipping this month. It was almost a year ago at NVIDIA's annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) that we revealed a joint effort to enable VMware customers to use NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology for GPU sharing with VMware's End User Computing solutions. Now it's finally here and more than 500,000 VMware customers around the world have access to GRID vGPU technology to deliver the necessary high performance for virtualized graphics rich applications and desktops.  For customers who are already deploying, our joint Direct Access program provides select VMware Horizon and VMware vSphere customers with priority access to NVIDIA's enterprise graphics virtualization experts and VMware's solution architects and accelerates their move from VDI pilots into scalable production deployments.

VMblog:  GTC is next week, March 17-20th in San Jose.  What can VMblog readers expect to see from NVIDIA GRID at the conference?

Cresci:  This year's graphics virtualization track is our largest one to-date. It underscores how the ecosystem for enterprise graphics virtualization is growing with almost 50 sessions from leading experts, customers and partners from around the world, all coming together to share their experiences and best practices on graphics virtualization deployments.

Our Throwdown with VMware on Tuesday evening should be lots of fun. Engineers from both companies will be battling for proof of concept supremacy by building a pool of virtual desktops from bare metal in the shortest amount of time.

VMblog:  What customers and partners will be on hand at GTC?  And who can we expect to hear more from?

Cresci:  Bell Helicopter, Cisco, Ford Motor Company, HP, Lakeside Software, MetroHealth, NICE, PSA Peugeot, Siemens, STV, and TATA Technologies will be there. And that's just naming a few! You can see the full list in the Graphics Virtualization track

And you can't miss VMware's Panel Session "Scaling Out Virtual GPU with NVIDIA GRID and VMware Horizon". You'll learn about the unique benefits and exceptional performance of GRID vGPU deployed on VMware Horizon VMware Horizon desktops, while hearing from organizations like yours, including Metro Health, Siemens Wind Power, and HDR who have implemented this solution.

VMblog:  Any other notable sessions that readers should keep an eye out for at GTC?

Cresci:  I recommend VDI Evolution at the Speed of GRID - VDI 2.0 and VMware Horizon 6 View with NVIDIA GRID. While it's a little more introductory, I also highly recommend Desktop Virtualization 101 for those that are just getting started.

Anyone interested in learning more should check out the sessions in the Graphics Virtualization track on the GTC website.

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Once again, thanks to Andrew Cresci, General Manager, NVIDIA GRID, for taking time out to speak with VMblog.com.

Published Thursday, March 12, 2015 6:49 AM by David Marshall
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