PTC Creo 3D CAD software has been certified to run on NVv4 instances of Microsoft Azure, an announcement that opens the door to bring the many benefits of virtualization and the Cloud to design and manufacturing. This new certification means PTC Creo has been extensively vetted to assure that it does more than just run on NVv4, but that it delivers a fully optimized experience that preserves the productivity, responsiveness, and rich feature set that users expect.
More significantly, this important certification means that businesses which rely on PTC Creo for their design needs can now seriously consider taking full advantage of cloud-based virtualized desktops to enhance the flexibility of their workforce and encourage collaboration, while also better managing IT resources and expenditures.
Why NVv4 Matters
NVv4, the latest instance for Azure, brings important firsts to desktop virtualization powered from the Cloud. It’s the first instance that’s powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs, making it possible to provision the computing resources needed for virtually any computing task, from common office applications to professional-caliber workstation platforms, entirely from the Cloud.
For the first time, it is possible to allocate a portion of the GPU, CPU and memory processing available to match the needs of specific categories of users, even sharing the resources of a single GPU, for example, among multiple users. This innovative approach is far more cost-effective than dedicating an entire, underutilized GPU to each user. In addition, NVv4 instances powered by AMD offer a license-free GPU architecture that delivers graphics and visual compute functions and workstation-caliber drivers with no surprise licensing fees.
2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors pack the NVv4 with many more vCPU cores than previous generations, providing more cores for better multi-tasking, greater performance in multi-threaded applications or deploy more users in WVD deployments.
With certification by PTC, virtualized workstations NVv4 instances running on Azure further have the support of the critical workstation drivers that ensures a great user experience, performance, and reliability.
Azure, a New Landscape for Design
With virtualization, it becomes possible for designers, engineers, and other experts to tackle any task from anywhere --the office, the home office, or on the road-- using even modest hardware. Having both data and the PTC application tools in the Cloud ensures full, continuous access in almost any circumstances.
Since the vital data for projects can be both stored in the Cloud or data center and processed remotely by NVv4, the only things sent to the user's device are the encrypted pixels needed to display the information and application environment. This has several major benefits.
Workforce flexibility and business agility is essential for today’s unpredictable trading environments and moving to a virtualized IT deployment can help support businesses with this requirement. With certification by PTC for NVv4, it means businesses that have Creo at the heart of their design engineering functions can feel confident in moving their vital teams to cloud without the concern of delivering a sub-par workstation experience.
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