Tuesday, May 4th 2010

AMD Remote Graphics Enable Secure Desktop Computing Experience from Data Centers

AMD today announced a remote graphics option for IT managers seeking to replace existing desktop workstations with energy-efficient thin-client solutions. The ATI FirePro RG220 graphics card delivers a wide-ranging compute experience from the datacenter without compromise, and is designed to help IT managers reduce local power and cooling costs per user while limiting the amount of physical hardware at users’ desks.

“Power consumption restrictions in crowded office buildings cause headaches for IT managers trying to find the right balance between energy efficiency, system performance and IT spend for the work environments they manage,” said Janet Matsuda, senior director, Professional Graphics, AMD. “The ATI FirePro RG220 can be part of a secure, easy to manage solution, and is now available to enterprises that need to deploy updates to multiple users simultaneously, while still giving the end user the full PC experience they’re accustomed to.”
“The ATI FirePro RG220 is an extremely compelling solution that combines AMD’s graphics innovation and Teradici’s PC-over-IP remoting protocol to deliver a rich, uncompromised user experience for today’s most demanding graphics applications,” said Dan Cordingley, president and CEO, Teradici Corporation. “This integrated GPU and PCoIP host card provides customers with a simple and efficient solution to help ensure data security and to provide a high performance remote experience.”

“Parallels is pleased to have the ATI FirePro RG220 support Parallels Workstation Extreme,” said Bryan Goode, Vice President of Business Development at Parallels. “By pairing up Parallels and ATI FirePro RG220, customers will be able to remotely run multiple virtual machines on a single workstation which allows new levels of density with near native graphics performance.”

ATI FirePro RG220: Features that Matter
The ATI FirePro RG220 delivers many of the same features and benefits users have come to know and expect from the ATI FirePro line of professional graphics cards. Features include:
  • Low power consumption: a max power consumption of 35-watts per card. Provides IT managers with the ability to fit many systems in one office, while keeping building or floor power requirements in check.
  • High-Performance, reliable graphics: 512 MB of on-board graphics memory for graphics intensive applications that need to run on two displays at once.
  • Small form factor: measuring just half the length of a standard PCIe® card, the ATI FirePro RG220 fits into smaller, more efficient systems and only takes up one PCIe® slot within a server.
  • Security: powered by the network, the ATI FirePro RG220 is part of a secure solution that stores user data behind the firewall and within the confines of the data center, helping to ensure that customer or corporate information is protected. Supports compression of information residing in the data center for transmission over regular IP networks to the end user’s thin client system.
  • Virtualization: Utilizing Parallels Workstation Extreme (PWE), ATI FirePro RG220 offers a traditional graphics experience in a virtual environment, with the flexibility to also support multiple operating systems at each user’s desk.
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9 Comments on AMD Remote Graphics Enable Secure Desktop Computing Experience from Data Centers

For what is good?
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This is actually quite slick. We're on the pendulum back to thin clients...
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Xtreme Refugee
F430 said:
For what is good?
Honestly if they brought something like this into the consumer market..with some decent drivers something like this could completely redefine how small we could make HTPC's.....:toast:
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is this allows me to run multiple autocads directly from a server with just one lincense ? :confused:
I don't get the reason for this thing other than storage....
Will it boot to a remote PC without need of a internal hard drive ?
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F430 said:
For what is good?
The heatsink makes a wicked back scratcher ...
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50 users on one server with enough resources to actually run a thin client that works. Awesome.
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Not bad. Saw where you can chain two for quad-monitor support (along with the appropriate receiver box) but didn't see how many or even if they could be installed separately for multiple remote users.

Oh well, I'm more excited about RemoteFX coming with SP1 for Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 anyway, shared GPU!
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Bird of Prey
It very well could do that for HTPCs. for the professional side, this is a very good step in the right direction and I agree it is moving more towards Cloud computing, which is a good thing.
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