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AMD Debuts High-Performance VDI Solution for Datacenter Workloads

This week at VMworld 2018 in Las Vegas, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) debuted its Radeon Pro V340 graphics card, "a high-performance dual-GPU virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution purpose-built to power and accelerate the most demanding datacenter visualization workloads, including CAD, design, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and rendering," according to the announcement.

Based on the advanced AMD "Vega" architecture, the company said the Radeon Pro V340 is optimized to deliver extreme performance and high user density for virtualized environments and claims that it's the "first VDI hardware solution equipped with 32GB of ultra-fast, second-generation high-bandwidth memory."

"As the flagship of our new Radeon Pro V-series product line, the Radeon Pro V340 graphics card employs advanced security features and helps to cost effectively deliver and accelerate modern visualization workloads from the datacenter," said Ogi Brkic, general manager of Radeon Pro at AMD, in a prepared statement.

Powered by AMD MxGPU Technology, some of the advanced features that are geared toward enterprise, DaaS and cloud gaming solutions, according to the announcement, include:

  • Superior User Density: Support for up to 32 1GB virtual machines.
  • Integrated Encode Engine: The ability to compress independent video streams in both H.264 and H.265 formats.
  • Built-in Security Processor: Provides secure boot and encrypted storage capabilities.

"The AMD Radeon Pro V340 graphics card will enable our customers to securely leverage desktop and application virtualization for the most graphically demanding applications," Sheldon D'Paiva, director of Product Marketing at VMware, said in a prepared statement. "With Radeon Pro for VMware, admins can easily set up a VDI environment, rapidly deploy virtual GPUs to existing virtual machines and enable hundreds of professionals with just a few mouse clicks."

Availability of the AMD Radeon Pro V340 from leading system vendors is expected in Q4 2018. You can learn more about the new graphics card here.

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Wendy Hernandez is group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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