Visual Cloud and Remote Workstations in the Enterprise

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From video streaming to remote workstations, more content is being delivered via cloud computing every day. Data centers everywhere are dealing with a flood of video traffic, and many enterprises are also dealing with the computing demands of complex design applications and massive data sets that are used by employees and contractors scattered around the world.

For design and content creation companies to remain competitive in today’s global business climate, they need to employ technologies that help technical employees and contractors collaborate to solve complex and interconnected design problems. Their designers, sales people, customers, contractors and others involved in the design process need access to design information and tools – anywhere and anytime, and the enterprise needs to safeguard its valuable intellectual property. The enterprise is therefore faced with finding ways to securely share data models and content over a widely distributed workforce without breaking the bank.

Enabling the Global Design Workforce

Securing access to complex and sensitive design models and content, quickly and easily providing access to a highly distributed workforce and ecosystem and providing an excellent user experience to that workforce are the collaboration challenges faced by the IT organizations at design firms.

However, there’s a simple solution to these challenges. Cloud-hosted remote workstations allow engineers to use demanding 3D graphics applications from virtually anywhere in the world, with all data and applications hosted on servers based on Intel® Xeon® processors in a secure data center. Employees can safely collaborate with external contractors while avoiding sending designs from computer-to-computer and protecting enterprise intellectual property.

Remote users can also work from the same data set, with no need for high-volume data transfers. This allows the enterprise to deliver fast and clear graphics running on a dense, cost-effective infrastructure. 

New Architectures and Ecosystems

To support the demands of remote workstations, new solutions and partnerships are absolutely necessary.

The Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1500 v5 product family offers hardware-enhanced integrated graphics capabilities that are optimized for remote application delivery workloads. These integrated graphics solutions cost-effectively accelerate video and enable secure, remote delivery of applications by combining the performance of Intel Xeon processors with integrated Iris Pro graphics.

Intel-powered remote workstation solutions allow technical professionals and content creators to have greater access to key applications on their computing device(s) while securely collaborating with colleagues. For IT, these solutions provide centralized management, more provisioning control, and easier patching and updating of applications.

The newly announced Intel Xeon processor E3-1500 v5 includes Intel® Graphics Virtualization Technology (Intel® GVT) to address multiple customer use cases. These include direct assignment of a given GPU's capabilities to a single user; the ability to allow multiple local or remote virtual machines to share access to a GPU; and the ability to share a GPU's resources through multiple concurrent users in a time-slice scenario.

Productivity and Progress: Central to the Enterprise

Organizations can increase the security of enterprise information by centrally hosting critical applications and data and avoiding delivering valuable visual content to contractors. The enterprise can also avoid provisioning powerful workstations to users who need infrequent access to graphic-intensive applications, such as salespeople who only occasionally need to provide design input.

Intel works with a partner ecosystem to enhance the delivery and minimize the complexity of high-performance remote workstations within the enterprise. For example, the enterprise can turn to VMware Horizon 7 to deliver virtual or hosted desktops or Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop to deliver secure virtual apps and desktops.

Adopting secure remote workstations allows the enterprise to deliver once out-of-reach workstation performance and visual content to designers, engineers, media creators, and other professionals. This enables major leaps in collaboration and productivity, further empowering each employee to drive progress for the enterprise.

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