GPU maker targets high-end users in the cloud with virtual workstation
Nvidia announced Tuesday that its Quadro Virtual Workstation (vWS) is now available to Microsoft’s Azure customers, who’ll be able to access it via the cloud anywhere, anytime.
The Lowdown: The Quadro vWS allows businesses to run high-end graphics apps in the cloud using Nvidia’s mid-level and high-end Tesla GPUs – the P100, V100, P4, and P40, for example – with 24GB of frame buffer per GPU.
The Details: Virtual workstations can be spun up and down as needed, offering both scalability and flexibility. In addition, there’s allure in the fact that the underlying infrastructure, software, and driver updates are managed by a third party.
The Buzz: “We’re focused on delivering the best and broadest range of GPU-accelerated capabilities in the public cloud,” said Talal Alqinaw, senior director of Microsoft Azure. “Nvidia’s Quadro vWS expands customer choice of GPU offerings on Azure to bring powerful professional workstations in the cloud to meet the needs of the most demanding applications from any device, anywhere.”
Channelnomics Point of View: Nvidia’s move is a testament to the growing popularity of marketplaces as more vendors recognize their power to lower go-to-market costs. The 2112 Group expects the growth of marketplaces and other automated digital sales channels to continue unabated in the coming year.