You're in the airport, waiting for a plane, when a construction site manager emails you with a desperate plea for help. Three stories into a major industrial project, an inspector has encountered what he thinks is a flaw in the design of the HVAC system. The drawings aren't clearing up the confusion. Your input is needed.
If you both had easy access to your company's computer-aided design (CAD) system, you could easily pull up your 3D model of the junction and maybe talk her through the design. Unfortunately, you don't have that access while on the road.
What to do?
Increasingly, designers, architects, engineers, and even health care professionals are turning to remote graphics virtualization.
Virtualization allows you to remotely access compute-intensive programs that reside on your workstation – or other proprietary information system, such as an X-ray reader – by creating a virtual machine within another system – for example, a Windows-based laptop, or an iPad.
Research by Jon Peddie Research suggests that the use of virtualization services has increased dramatically in the past few years, primarily due to the easy accessibility of cloud servers, the high resolution of new display screens, and the widespread integration of powerful graphics processors in laptops and other mobile devices.
The driver for this phenomenon has been the rise of virtualization software, which allows users to place a secure virtual copy of the client system temporarily on a host computer. Virtualization providers like VMware, for instance, have exploded the market for virtualization in recent years.
But virtualization technology is branching into other applications, broadening the supply chain and improving the service and support structure.
For example, virtualization is widely used in banking and other markets with numerous satellite or franchise operations. In such applications, full access to the host system may not be required or even desirable, but accurate interaction at some level is necessary. Virtualization provides that accurate, real-time interaction.
Virtualization can also be applied to servers, allowing real-time reconfiguration for compute-intensive operations. As an example, when a movie studio releases a highly anticipated movie trailer, engineers can employ virtualization to ensure the system has enough bandwidth to handle the spike in traffic.
The beauty of virtualization is security. Virtualization allows users to access an image of the client software, not the actual system itself. When the host machine is shut down or exited, the virtual image disappears and the security of the client system is protected.
Additional technologies such as cloud-paging, and web-based applications using HTLM5 and WebGL are also enabling powerful remote operations with totally security.
Interested in finding out more? The Virtualize 2015 conference, being held on October 29 at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt, will offer a deeper dive on this topic.