An Introduction to VMware Blast Extreme
Developed by VMware for VDI, Blast Extreme is remote display technology in Horizon 7 which supports H.264-capable client devices and specializes in handling graphics-intensive virtual workloads. Blast Extreme essentially uses NVIDIA GRID virtualized GPUs for accelerating bandwidth, latency and frames per second (FPS) while simultaneously minimizing CPU consumption. Integrated with NVIDIA GRID, Blast Extreme lowers the demand on CPU by offloading encoding to the GPU, therefore freeing up resources and taking the strain off computer networking systems. This facilitates more remote users and allows them to get the most out of Blast Extreme technology in an IT environment.
In the following section, we will further explore the usefulness of Blast Extreme for desktop virtualization.
Blast Extreme as a Graphically Intensive Workload Solution
Today, the demand for versatile visual performance, videos and graphics-intensive computing solutions is consistently rising as this is a major factor which drives dynamic user experience. Taking this context into account, businesses require clear and crisp experiences when managing graphical workloads in virtualization. This significantly affects the overall UX, considering how the process can spike bandwidth and latency when graphics-intensive tasks are accessed over remote networks. However, taking this possibility into account, the NVIDIA GRID GPU solution is developed to optimize Blast Extreme performance in graphical workloads. In this scenario, combining NVIDIA GRID with VMware Horizon 7 allows users to improve bandwidth, latency and FPS whereas the NVIDIA Blast Extreme Acceleration solution supports minimal CPU consumption and a greater number of users for each host.
How does it work? Essentially, the Blast Extreme protocol, as a whole, is designed to deliver consistent UX for corporate graphics workloads in LAN or WAN. Leveraging NVIDIA solutions with Blast Extreme considerably accelerates graphics in LAN and WAN deployments, thus allowing users to enjoy smooth desktop virtualization experiences.
Blast Extreme Leverages H.264 Encode Efficiencies
VMware developed Blast Extreme in collaboration with NVIDIA so that H.264-based protocols can be implemented by NVIDIA GRID vGPU for offloading both encoding and decoding from the CPU to H.264 systems on NVIDIA GPUs. This category of graphics rendering is useful for handling demanding graphical workloads and users can also repurpose it to supervise geographic information systems (GIS), construct maps and visualize external world 2D and 3D scenarios. Additional features include minimized latency, distribution of approximately 4k resolution displays for workspace environments and accelerated flexibility and scalability when several desktops share NVIDIA GRID GPU technology in Blast Extreme use cases.
Blast Extreme Accelerates the Overall VDI Experience
As established, Blast Extreme essentially functions as a protocol for connecting to virtual desktops. Taking this into consideration, a multi-layer approach to computing is required in every application and desktop virtualization environment. This is because users have the ability to access remote desktops and applications from any site. For instance, they can do so via mobile networks, remote branch offices across cloud or WAN, through public Wi-Fi or from the same location where the LAN hosts IT systems. Furthermore, users often manage interactive, multimedia and large-scale data transfer workloads by accessing remote desktops and applications across platforms of their choice. In all these situations, organizations can expect varying network conditions and they may come across substandard network resources which do not have the capacity to optimize high volume workload performance.
VMware created the Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT) solution to accommodate such use cases and improve the overall WAN connections from external networks. This addresses common user challenges such as handling higher latency and non-ideal quality WAN connections, thus further improving the overall connection standard in VDI deployments.
Another challenge which users frequently come across in desktop virtualization is the need to divide time remotely and on the network. This makes it difficult to streamline protocols for accommodating both circumstances simultaneously, given that their networking conditions and overall requirements greatly differ. However, organizations can use the latest Horizon endpoint clients to configure Blast Extreme in accordance with the quality of the networks accessed by users. They can then test the configuration parameters to determine which setting best harmonizes with their unique IT environments.
Putting It All Together
To sum it all up, the Blast Extreme protocol is a viable option for VDI environments in which servers use GPUs with H.264 encode competencies. With this system, businesses can consistently improve the workspace server scalability by offloading H.264 encoding workloads from the CPU. Moreover, Blast Extreme offers good functionality when used with NVIDIA GRID Tesla GPU cards as this combination accommodates a large number of mobile users and supports maximum desktop virtualization performance.
The Blast Extreme protocol is available for Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS and Android users deploying the latest Horizon View clients. Its ability to support as many as seventy plus thin clients and therefore foster a proactive VDI environment makes this protocol worth investing in.