As you could tell from previous blogs ArcGIS Pro can be easily virtualized. But the hardware that is needed is different than what has been used in the past. To help provide a clear description of the hardware needed to virtualize ArcGIS Pro we designed the ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance.
Esri collaborated with Nvidia, Dell and VMWare to provide a well tested platform that can virtualize ArcGIS Desktop, including ArcGIS Pro, in a single box.
The ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance will be at the UC. It uses VMWare vSphere 6.0, Horizon View and Nvidia GRID K2 cards. The 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 platform for delivering ArcGIS Desktop in a virtualized environment. For use to quickly start a proof-of-concept or integrate into an established virtualization environment, the Appliance was designed to provide a hardware platform that supports virtualization of high-end graphics applications like Pro. Our tests confirm performance, user experience and VM/GPU density of ArcGIS Pro on this platform. The tests we used include a GPU intensive 3D test which showed the Appliance can support 12-16 concurrent ArcGIS Pro virtual machines.
The configuration of the Appliances that were shipped to the UC is common in datacenters and virtualization environments now:
- Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2680 v3, 2.5GHz, 12 cores
- 3.75TB SSD storage
- 256Gb RAM
- Two Nvidia GRID K2 cards
We will have two Appliances at the UC to support demo’s and hands-on use ofArcGIS Desktop, including Pro, at the Desktop Island. Stop by the Desktop Island to see the user experience that is available when virtualizing ArcGIS Pro. We can discuss hardware configuration, VM/GPU density and vSphere installation and configuration.
If you unable to attend this year’s UC you can reply to this blog or send an email with any questions.