A few weeks ago NVIDIA held it’s annual Graphics Technology Conference in San Jose, CA where the head of PLM systems at Gulfstream Aerospace shared his reasons for moving delivery of the company’s suite of PLM applications ( SAP, Catia, Right Hemisphere, SmarTeam) to its end users from traditional distributed delivery on physical workstations to a centralized and virtualized delivery model using XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro, XenServer and HP Proliant SL 250 HPC quality servers configured with 3 NVIDIA GRID K2 graphics cards. Reasons cited for making this transition included ability to manage to a centralized image of the desktop and deliver to any device versus managing apps and desktops based on devices and faster regression and compatibility testing. Improved application performance in the form of faster transaction times and faster opening of data files turned out to be a surprise benefit.
Many analysts covering the desktop virtualization space were in attendance too. To get Forester Research’s take on the Gulfsteam implementation and business value virtualizing 3D professional graphics apps in the manufacturing space, check out David Johnson’s blog post on April 7th titled: A nice example of applying desktop virtualization to improve customer experience.