Microsoft’s latest NVv4 instances in Azure redefines what users and businesses can expect from GPU-accelerated virtualized workstation-class desktops. With the announcement that NVv4 is certified for Siemens NX, manufacturing companies who have Siemens at the heart of their design and engineering operations can feel confident in the extended support and truly consider a move to the cloud.
Until NVv4, manufacturing and engineering organizations were limited in the options they had for their workforce when virtualizing their workstations. The choices were very binary: either accept an over-powered and expensive GPU-enabled instance which in many cases would not require the full GPU resources offered, or select more cost-effective, CPU-only instances which could not meet the user experiences that a modern GPU-enabled desktop could deliver.
View Siemens certification page: https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/global/en/support/certifications.html
Making the Most of the Cloud
NVv4 introduces a new standard in GPU-enabled instances in the public cloud, with support for Microsoft’s Hyper-V and GPU-P virtualization technologies as well as GPU-partitioning technology in the AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs. This technology allows GPU memory and computing capacity to be partitioned into smaller GPU increments and assigned to virtual machines (VMs), either single-user or multi-session, in the cloud. Further, SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization)-based GPU memory partitions leverage hardware data encryption which helps protect against potential malicious external security exploits. This new out-of-the-box flexibility enables a more accurate way to match the right amount of GPU-enabled remote desktop resources to the intended workloads.
Combined with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, NVv4 delivers a range of CPU, GPU and memory resource configurations, allowing “right-sized” provisioning of VMs that can be applied and deployed to meet the diverse range of administrative, technical design and design-engineering workloads used across the enterprise. The result is a globally accessible GPU-enabled cloud computing resource designed to support the modern desktop experience while leveraging “cloud-first" IT practices which embrace modern, predictable OPEX-based IT provisioning.
NX on the Cloud with Microsoft Azure via Workspot
In this NX demonstration, we are working in NX on the cloud with Microsoft Azure using a Workspot client. NX on Microsoft Azure is one of the latest deployment options, providing a very flexibility, powerful, secure, scalable, and cost effective access to your CAD tools in today’s ever-changing environment.
New opportunities for Siemens customers
With the announcement that Siemens NX has been certified for NVv4, complete with support for the latest CAD-optimized workstation drivers, this new cloud workstation platform from Azure brings with it new opportunities for Siemens customers and end-users:
AMD-powered NVv4 instances for Microsoft Azure deliver the GPU-accelerated remote desktop resources required to enable smooth, productive user experiences in fully managed virtualized deployments that support needs from basic office productivity tasks to powerful, dedicated Windows 10-based workstation.
With Siemens NX certification, design and engineering organizations can move to cloud-first workflows with the confidence that their preferred workstation applications have been tested and validated to meet their highest standards. Free from the constraints of placing high-performance workstations on every desk, it is easy to envision a redefined, virtually barrierless design workplace that can adapt dynamically to changing requirements.
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