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Visualization anywhere: the evolution of the high performance virtual workstation

Remote working has become the new norm. But how can you provide that option to the designers, editors, and researchers that require serious processing power to do their jobs?

In the last decade, work patterns and preferences have changed dramatically in almost every industry. Armed with flexible technology, mobile devices, and easy to use collaboration tools, today’s employees aren’t restricted by the traditional brick and mortar office. 

Instead, they see the world as their workplace, and embrace the freedom to work how, when, and where they want. In fact, there’s been an astonishing 44% increase in remote work over the last five years. And if you go back as far as 12 years, you’ll see an astronomical 159% growth.

Now, with COVID-19 closing offices around the world, those numbers have seen another spike.

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The enabling technologies behind remote working

Rapid growth of cloud technology has enabled people to access basic work tools and platforms from anywhere, at any time. Today, 90% of companies are in the cloud, and the period between 2018-2019 saw a 15% increase in cloud-hosted workloads, from 45% to 60%

For the vast majority of the workforce, this combination of processing power in the cloud and real-time access to information is all that’s required to enable seamless remote working.

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The workers left behind

For those in roles that require more than your average processing power, however – designers, photographers, videographers, graphic artists, etc. – the dream of flexible working has rarely been an option. There’s a big difference between slipping a laptop into your bag and lugging a large, state-of-the-art workstation back and forth between the office and home.

But, things have changed. In light of recent developments, working from home has become a mandatory requirement for many of these people. And this presents a new challenge for employers.

The good news is, if you can overcome this challenge and provide the right technology, there are still plenty of advantages to home-working – even in the current context: Research shows that 80% of remote workers experience less job stress. Companies that allow remote working have 25% lower employee turnover. And those who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy and productive.

These are big numbers. But the processing power required to run design, editing, and analytics software has previously been a big barrier to overcome.

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The next step for the virtual workstation

Today, those same capabilities that made remote working possible for everyone else – the cloud and advanced processing power – have combined to give those with more demanding requirements the same freedom and flexibility.

The NVIDIA® Quadro® Virtual Workstation combines the power of NVIDIA GPUs with the flexibility of Google Cloud, delivering high-performance rendering and design capabilities to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Ideal for those with graphically demanding workloads, this GPU-accelerated virtual workstation takes just minutes to set up, is always optimized with the latest patches and upgrades, and is protected by the enterprise grade security that allows people to work confidently from anywhere.

With seamless access to the tools they need, your employees can embrace the future of remote working and your organization can experience the benefits of a happy and productive workforce. Plus, because virtual workstations are delivered entirely in Google Cloud, they’re much easier to maintain and manage.

GPU-accelerated cloud computing is already transforming a wide range of industries, from architecture and manufacturing to media and entertainment. Learn more about how NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstations can transform your workforce.

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