Until recently, it seemed like a pipe dream that organizations could move users who depended on rich, interactive, 3d-intensive applications to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment due to limitations in server CPU architecture and density. This was a key barrier to VDI adoption, as organizations valued the centralized security and manageability as well as the enhanced productivity that VDI brings, but could only deliver it to a subset of their end users (primarily task and knowledge workers) leaving their graphics designers, developers, and video producers/editors out in the cold.

Thankfully, much has changed in the past 18 months that allows these advanced users who require graphics acceleration to join the VDI party! Utilizing the advanced performance and capabilities of Dell, Citrix, and NVIDIA GRID™ technology, we’re now able to offer the ability to offload graphics processing from the CPU to the GPU in virtualized environments, allowing the data center manager to deliver true PC graphics-rich experiences and applications to more users.

The latest breakthrough for this technology comes in the form of shared GPU solutions in a VDI environment. Using the power of Dell PowerEdge R720 servers combined with Citrix XenDesktop 7 and NVIDIA GRID™ vGPUs, organizations can expand the reach of virtual desktop environments across a broad spectrum of users – not only designers and engineers, but power users and knowledge workers who want a more full featured, graphically rich end user experience from their Windows 7 or Windows 8 desktop.