Wednesday 30 January 2019

NVIDIA Quadro Now Available on Microsoft Azure Cloud

NVIDIA recently announced that Quadro Virtual Workstation vWS is now available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace helping engineers to achieve high performance simulation, rendering and design with NVIDIA Virtual Machine Image (VMI) and Quadro vWS software pre-installed enterprise customers can spin up Microsoft Azure VM in minutes.
To Access NVIDIA Quadro on Microsoft Azure login to Microsoft Azure Marketplace and search for Nvidia and then select from NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation - WinServer 2016 and NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation - Ubuntu 18.04 starting at US$ 0.20/hour.

After selecting the NVIDIA Quadro Workstation running on GRID Software 7.1 click create  and specify details including the name of the VM, region you want to provision it in. While selecting the image we need to choose one of the supported Microsoft Azure VM Sizes where each VM is configured with specific number of GPU in pass through mode.

** The NCv3-series focus on high-performance computing workloads (reservoir modelling,DNA Sequencing) powered by NVIDIA’s Tesla V100 GPU and the ND-series is focused on training and inference scenarios for deep learning which uses the NVIDIA Tesla P40 GPU.

NCv3 Series Where 1 GPU = 1 V100 Card

NCv2 Series Where 1 GPU = 1 P100 Card 

ND Series Where 1 GPU = 1 P40 Card

After the name, region , image and size is selected specify the administrator account details wherein I used quadro as the username and the password and then configure other options like disks, Networking, Management , Guest Config and Tags's like any other Azure VM.

Once we have configured all the required option for our NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation  we can review and spin the VM. And connect to it after downloading the RDP file or directly. Below is the example I picked from NVIDIA wherein they are running with Ansys Discovery live on their cloud-based virtual workstation.

Image Source - NVIDIA

Final Thoughts - With NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation now available on Azure Cloud many enterprises can quickly deploy GPU accelerated Quadro Workstations and the design engineers can use the power of Quadro from any location without managing the back-end infrastructure. 

Monday 28 January 2019

Let's Virtualize is back

It’s been more than six months that I haven’t been blogging because of some personal issues, and now that things are finally back on track would be more actively blogging and talking about various enhancements being made in VMware’s SDDC, NVIDIA’s GRID, Business Continuity,Backup & Disaster Recovery and Cloud (AWS, GCP, Alibaba Cloud, Microsoft Azure).

Here is what you can expect.

New Back to Basic Series  - I have been dedicating many articles in this series talking about core features available in VMware vSphere to help you get started with Server Virtualization journey, in case you missed it here is the link to refer. Back to Basics Part 7

So what’s new about this back to basic series ? Well In order to make this Back to Basic Series New would also be introducing some core features from other tracks including Desktop Virtualization (VMware Horizon), Network Virtualization (NSX) and Storage Virtualization (VSAN).

10 Things to remember Series - Another series which gives us a quick summary about particular product/feature, if you haven’t checked the articles already here are some links to refer.  VMware vRealize Operations Manager -10 Things You Need to Know

New Home Lab-  One of the most important series for someone who’s looking for an end to end installation of various VMware products and the configuration options available during the installation, to make this series more interesting and to show as many as installation as possible would be working closely with some of my techie friends and run some demonstrations on their Home Lab hardware ensuring that we get the maximum benefit out of this series.

A new series focussing on the various features available in Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and Ali baba Cloud.

NVIDIA GRID vGPU- This series will talk about the various features and functionalities available with NVIDIA Grid vGPU with a focus on the various ways we can add GPU’s in our Virtualized Environment.

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery - With a focus on some of the backup and disaster recovery products available and what are their core features and functionalities.