The need for dedicated graphics processing, once exclusive to high-end design or manufacturing engineers, is now pervasive. Even common modern applications, such as web browsers and office productivity software, tax the graphics capabilities of the systems on which they run. At the same time, as users have become increasingly mobile, they expect a responsive user experience on any device, anywhere... they go. They also want an environment that allows them to easily and effectively share and collaborate on projects.
All of these needs—mobility, an outstanding user experience, and seamless collaboration—require unencumbered access to data. To provide that access with simpler workloads, IT organizations might implement centralized solutions that focus on security, efficiency, and simplified access. However, some IT pros and users are skeptical about centralized solutions when it comes to graphics. Historically, multiple remote workers using graphics-intensive applications from shared system resources could have a detrimental impact on performance.
Without a solution, employees can resort to collaborating by exchanging files through e-mail, FTP servers, USB drives, or even by traveling to work on projects with colleagues face to face. These practices undermine productivity and create even greater workflow delays.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Graphics virtualization technology, which is available today, can turn skeptics into believers because it lets employees work faster and collaborate in real-time while eliminating the dependency on, and the incremental cost of, expensive dedicated graphics cards.