Do your end-users who handle files with intense graphics complain about performance when they work remotely? It might be time to add Graphical Processor Units (GPUs) to your servers. GPUs have moved beyond cutting-edge technology and the early-adopter stage. With many technology vendors investing heavily in GPUs, they are on the brink of becoming a mainstream technology.
One of the cloud providers we partner with, briteVAULT, can add GPUs to servers for customer environments. The company offers a resilient platform for businesses that no longer want to bear the pain, risk, and cap-ex burden of building, managing, repairing, and upgrading their own server farms. I recently conducted an interview with Ryon Ellis, the company CEO, to explore the value of GPUs.
“GPUs offload the process of rendering images from CPUs, which are not architected to handle graphics,” Ellis explains. “Cloud servers with GPUs give remote users an experience similar to working in their company offices. It doesn’t matter how much horsepower they have on their local device or how intense the graphics are because all the work is handled in the cloud by the GPU. It’s the best experience you can deliver to end-users with remote connections.”
briteVAULT customers, especially graphic-intensive ones, with cloud servers equipped with GPUs found them particularly helpful when stay-at-home mandates went into effect following the Coronavirus pandemic. Employees were able to get the same graphic performance experience as they did when connected via the corporate network.
An add-on benefit of GPUs is that they keep image files centralized and in the cloud. Businesses can ensure adequate security, backup, and replication services are in play.
“Cloud servers without GPUs will likely prompt users to download image files to work on them and then upload them when they’re done,” Ellis points out. “In addition to the file transfers taking a long time, it’s also risky from a security and backup perspective should a device be lost or stolen, or should it crash. Conversely, GPUs keep people working in the cloud—where the performance is better, and the files stay secure and get backed up constantly.”
If your business has a significant percentage of remote workers handling graphics-intense files, it just might be time to check into adding GPUs to your cloud servers. It’s a win-win situation: They get the same experience as working in the office, and your valuable graphics files stay protected!
For more information on how briteVault and PulseOne can help you with your remote user environment, contact us to schedule some time to discuss your environment and needs.