Cisco and NVIDIA’s Virtual Desktop Solution for Manufacturing

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Cisco and NVIDIA’s Virtual Desktop Solution for Manufacturing meets and exceeds the demands IT users face on a daily basis

Limitations in dated manufacturing computational systems pose a real threat to data security, time sensitive tasks and risk assessment. They can also cause workflow inefficiencies due to slower access to data, and the inability to run complex computing tasks from any device, any time.

In the past, modeling tools and other mathematically intensive processes strained the workstations and networks that supported them. The act of sharing 3D files posed serious intellectual property risks with 45% of manufacturers reporting cyberattacks in 2020.

NVIDIA and Cisco have partnered to address these challenges by creating a state-of-the-art virtual desktop solution for manufacturing.


The Cisco and NVIDIA Virtual Desktop Solution for Manufacturing combines Cisco’s Unified Computing System (Cisco Hyperflex) with NVIDIA GPU and vGPU software allowing the delivery of manufacturing applications to professionals regardless of their location.

The solution gives manufacturers access to a virtual home for their computational processes. NVIDIA’s powerful vGPU also grants access to high performance graphics processing from a decentralized server, which most VDI solutions exclude. Factory management and IT love this, not only for the robust improvement in performance when processing complex tasks, but also for the ability to support multiple users simultaneously.

Cisco has a long history of increasing system visibility and control while moving away from rigid infrastructure that can limit timely access to data and programs. Cisco’s Hyperflex system also offers easily accessible hyperconverged infrastructure and pay-as-you-grow multisite economics that are suited for manufacturers at any scale. NVIDIA GPU acceleration takes graphics acceleration virtually, granting manufacturers access to on-demand, computationally intensive processes from any device.

Benefits of the Cisco and NVIDIA VDI Solution

Manufacturers can look forward to a host of benefits when installing the Cisco and NVIDIA VDI solution. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved application performance – especially when dealing with large, complex files
  • Reduced CapEx/OpEx through virtualized graphics and math intensive applications
  • Shortened design cycles
  • Increased data center security through centralized storage
  • Increased memory and streamlined/integrated data storage
  • Vastly improved GPU performance
  • Scalable graphics and application needs using hyperconverged HyperFlex servers
  • Graphics acceleration for advanced manufacturing processes

Use Cases in Manufacturing

The Cisco NVIDIA solution has been tailored to assist manufacturing clients with the challenges they face in day-to-day computational activities. Use cases include:

  • High-performance virtualization of large 3D CAD and CAE applications
  • Support for digital twin modelling – which has significant application for assembly processes, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) systems
  • Support for computationally intensive processes like structural integrity testing of materials and PC virtualization
  • Support for high-performance applications

VDI is quickly being adopted across leading manufacturing industries. The Cisco and NVIDIA VDI solution combines the benefits of Cisco’s robust networking interface with NVIDIA’s powerful graphics processing to deliver a host of benefits.

Adoption of this technology will increase the productivity of manufacturing professionals, enable remote workstyles, ensure data security and data quality, and reduce costs through increased system availability.

To discover all the benefits, as well as learn how the Cisco-NVIDIA solution works, download our informative white paper right now.

Download the white paper here.

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