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NVIDIA Quadro Comes to the Microsoft Azure Cloud

With virtual workstations hosted in the datacenter, all compute, data and graphics reside on the server and clients receive only the pixel streams

NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstations are now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, enabling virtual workstation performance for more artists, engineers and designers.

Whether on a ​workstation​, ​data center server​ or​ ​virtual workspace​, NVIDIA Quadro is the preeminent visual computing platform for professional 3D applications. It enables incredible advancements, such as AI-accelerated rendering and real-time, interactive simulation. Now artists,​ ​designers and engineers ​can tap into the power of Quadro on any device, from any location through the cloud with Microsoft Azure. Starting today, Microsoft Azure cloud customers in industries like architecture, entertainment, oil and gas, and manufacturing can easily deploy the advanced GPU-accelerated capabilities of Quadro Virtual Workstation (Quadro vWS) whenever, wherever they need it.

With the Azure Marketplace, IT departments can spin up a GPU-accelerated virtual workstation in minutes from the Azure marketplace and enjoy the increased speed and agility. According to NVIDIA, these cloud customers can “scale up or down as business needs evolve, paying for only what they need on an hourly basis. The performance stays optimized with the latest drivers and upgrades.”

We’re focused on ​delivering the best and broadest range of GPU-accelerated capabilities in the public cloud,” said Talal Alqinawi, senior director of Microsoft Azure at Microsoft Corp. “NVIDIA 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.”

Quadro vWS on ​NVIDIA Tesla GPUs​ from the Azure marketplace delivers the same benefits as on-premise VDI deployments. IT teams can support the most demanding users with up to 24GB of frame buffer per GPU (since other GPUs apart from P40 are supported). And they can deliver compute workloads from the cloud while also supporting professional workflows at peak performance.

ANSYS Discovery Live​ is a breakthrough in simulation experience,” said Justin Hendrickson, director of Product Management at ANSYS. “Powered by NVIDIA GPUs, it delivers an uncompromising interactive user experience. With Quadro vWS from the Azure marketplace, design engineers can quickly and easily interact with simulations in real time and iterate design alternatives remotely, on any device, resulting in significant cost and time reductions in the development phase.”

How to Access NVIDIA Quadro on Azure

To access NVIDIA Quadro on Azure, go to the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and select the NVIDIA Virtual Machine Image (VMI) with the Quadro Virtual Workstation software. You can configure it with the GPU, vCPU, memory and storage you need, without having to purchase any physical hardware and infrastructure.

IT only needs to install applications to get users up and running. For customers wanting a convenient, broad-scale cloud deployment, the Quadro vWS instances on Tesla GPUs are also supported on​ ​Windows Virtual Desktop​ on Azure. Windows Virtual Desktop delivers the best virtual desktop experience and remote apps to any device, bringing together Microsoft 365 and Azure to provide users with the only multi-session Windows 10 experience. The Windows 10 multi-session experience is only available on Azure.

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