One factor that surprises many in IT is how a lot of a distinction a GPU makes for VDI. Lakeside Software program’s white paper How GPUs Speed up Work-From-Residence Productiveness has some fascinating statistics. One key level is that in 2020, the share of time utilizing graphical apps reached 65.5% for VDI customers. Which means that any employee sort will profit from GPU-accelerated VDI, not simply customers utilizing purposes like CAD/CAM.
Decoupled refresh lifecycles
One of many nice issues about X-Sequence modularity is the benefit with which you’ll add or improve the person components: CPU/server, I/O, or GPUs. In case your software advantages from GPUs, why change the server whenever you solely need to improve the GPUs? Whereas I do know they exist, I’ve by no means met a buyer who changed a GPU in a manufacturing server. They’ve at all times deployed a brand new server to improve the GPU. They’ve instructed me it’s easier that method. With X-Sequence, that modifications. You merely change the GPU related to the server. Nothing to rack; nothing to cable. After swapping out the PCIe/GPU node, you rediscover the server in Cisco Intersight and your newer, sooner GPUs are prepared for manufacturing. The modularity of the UCS X-Sequence structure has actual TCO advantages.
Including a GPU to X-Sequence
Relying upon the configuration, the UCS X440p PCIe Node can have as much as 4 NVIDIA GPUs put in. These are the identical GPUs utilized in our UCS C-Sequence Rack Servers and are nice for not solely VDI however different workloads like AI/ML. The X440p works along side the UCS 9416 X-Material Modules put in within the rear of the X9508 Chassis. It extends the PCIe bus from the UCS X210c Compute Node in an odd slot, to the X440p within the even slot. Collectively, they kind a dual-wide node server with GPUs. You possibly can have larger GPU density per RU through the use of X-Sequence over rack servers when additionally including two GPUs to the X210c server node. Watch the video beneath to see how straightforward it’s so as to add X-Material GPUs to a server.
VDI customers with accelerated, GPU enhanced desktops can have a greater expertise and be extra productive. Including GPUs to modular, blade servers has by no means been easier or faster. X-Sequence protects and extends your funding with a modular kind issue. You possibly can improve solely the parts that add profit to your online business be it the CPU/server, I/O, or GPUs.
Final week’s weblog coated server deployment. Over the approaching weeks, I’ll be publishing a extra X-Sequence blogs with quick movies on efficiency, converged infrastructure, and networking amongst different subjects. Come again subsequent week to examine automation with Ansible.