The ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance is available.
More companies and organizations are starting to virtualize ArcGIS Pro. Many of these initial projects are proof-of-concepts sponsored by corporate IT departments. I am getting emails and calls asking questions on required hardware, hypervisor configuration and expected density.
The ArcGIS for Desktop Virtualization Appliance helps provide a preconfigured virtualization server that helps companies and organizations to quickly virtualize ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS for Desktop Virtualization Appliance also provides a clear description of the hardware and configuration needed when planning to integrate ArcGIS Pro into existing virtualization environments. Esri collaborated with NVIDIA, Dell, and VMware to provide this well-tested single “box” solution.
It can be ordered directly through Esri at esri.com/hardware.
The ArcGIS for Desktop Virtualization Appliance was showcased at the Esri User Conference to thousands of GIS professionals. It was configured with VMware vSphere 6.0, Horizon View, and 2 NVIDIA GRID K2 GPUs. This appliance is based on a Dell Precision Rack 7910 and takes advantage of vGPU technology, the hardware sharing of the GPU, to achieve greater density while delivering a workstation-class user experience. This appliance is an excellent solution for delivering ArcGIS Pro in a virtualized environment.
The Esri Performance Engineering team has run extensive tests to confirm performance, user experience, and the VM/GPU density of ArcGIS Pro on this platform. The tests included a GPU-intensive 3D test, which showed the appliance can support 12–16 concurrent ArcGIS Pro Virtual Machines.
The Dell 7910 Precision Rack Server includes:
- Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v3, 2.5GHz, 12 cores
- 3.75 TB SSD storage
- 275 GB RAM
- Two NVIDIA GRID K2 GPUs
- Six virtual CPUs
- 8 GB RAM
- 1 GB Frame Buffer
The ArcGIS for Desktop Virtualization Appliance is an all-in-one package that takes care of a lot of the configuration details and questions associated with virtualizing ArcGIS Pro.
It is available now and can be ordered directly through Esri at esri.com/hardware.