The Google Chromebook is often associated with simplicity — a simple and affordable notebook that offers connectivity and provides access to everyday applications. Well, that’s about to change with a collaboration between VMware, NVIDIA and Google.
The three tech giants are working together to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. This would give the humble Chromebooks power to handle even the most demanding visual computing applications.
“We are breaking down traditional barriers to adopting virtual desktops and offering new economics for the delivery of graphics-intensive applications through the power of the cloud. Organisations of all industries and requirements will soon be able to embrace the mobile-cloud using a solution that offers a new way to work from three proven industry leaders.,” said Sanjay Poonen, Executive Vice President and General Manager of End-User Computing at VMware.
The joint solution optimises the performance of virtual graphics applications at scale. is the industry’s most advanced technology for sharing GPU acceleration between multiple virtual desktops. By combining the NVIDIA GRID vGPU with VMware Horizon in the data centre, the solution will optimise graphics and CPU utilisation to allow more desktops and applications to be deployed on a single server.
VMware Blast Performance technology in the data centre and in firmware residing on Chromebooks will deliver a great end-user experience, graphics-rich applications with high fidelity, and extended battery life by up to 50 percent using exclusive NVIDIA Tegra decode technologies. This makes graphically demanding applications, such as Adobe Illustrator CC, Autodesk AutoCAD and productivity applications like Microsoft Office completely fluid. NVIDIA Tegra K1-powered Chromebooks will be among the first Chromebooks to take advantage of this future technology.
“This collaboration will offer customers all the performance, stability and compatibility of NVIDIA hardware-accelerated graphics, with the added flexibility, mobility and security of a virtual environment,” said Jeff Brown, Vice President and General Manager of Professional Solutions Business at NVIDIA.
“Chromebooks were designed to bring a new approach to many of the problems with traditional computers. We’re excited about what this collaboration means for our customers and what it can enable them to do. Imagine manufacturers designing complex 3D models and sharing them with engineers around the globe, or physicians taking medical imaging out into the community, rather than being tethered to high end workstations.,” said Caesar Sengupta, Vice President of Product Management at Google.
Customers who would like to experience VMware products with NVIDIA GRID vGPU can register for an early access programme at www.nvidia.com/grid-vmware-vgpu. The programme will be available for select NVIDIA and VMware customers in Q4.