This blog is an excerpt from the Unidesk eBook Ten Quick Tips for Scaling VMWare Horizon View.
VDI pilots typically start with basic applications. As the scope of the VDI deployment expands to more demanding users, VDI admins will look to improve the graphics performance of some applications. Some graphics intensive applications include: state, county, and city governments need GIS software such as ArcGIS for mapping and spatial analysis. Architectural services firms, building and construction firms, and engineering labs in colleges and universities require CAD software such as AutoCAD, Revit, and Civil 3D. Most marketing departments rely on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
How To Do It?
To scale VDI to these more demanding users and use cases you can improve graphics performance with GPU and/or hardware accelerator cards. The GPU renders the graphics of the virtual display and adds compatibility for applications requiring OpenGL and DirectX. The hardware accelerator reduces the CPU workload by encoding the virtual display into PCoIP packets, allowing more efficient delivery of the graphics generated by the GPU. Another way to look at it: a GPU provides a better way to generate pixels for heavy graphics, while a hardware accelerator provides a better way to deliver those pixels to the remote VDI client.
Vigo County, Indiana overcame its graphics performance challenge and scaled VMware Horizon View to its ArcGIS engineering users with the help of NVIDIA GRID graphics offload cards. Vigo County’s ArcGIS users are now enjoying highly responsive windows, rich multimedia, and outstanding 3D application responsiveness through VMware Horizon View. Learn more about how Vigo County is scaling its VMware Horizon View deployment by reading their VDI case study or watching the on-demand VDI webinar.