Teradici Extends Graphics Reach to the Cloud

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    Building a cloud-native application that makes use of graphics is one thing. Migrating an existing one to the cloud represents a whole set of other, arguably more complicated, challenges.

    To address that issue, Teradici today unveiled Cloud Access Software and a Cloud Access Platform, designed primarily to make it simpler to move applications such as CAD/CAM programs into the cloud.

    Teradici CEO Dan Cordingley says these offerings extend the company’s core PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology in a way that enables end users to access latency-sensitive applications running on an external cloud.

    “IT organizations can now move both their own custom applications as well as third-party vendor applications into the cloud,” says Cordingley.

    Now that graphics processors are generally available in the cloud, Cordingley says that IT organizations not only want to develop new applications, they also want to move existing ones to take advantage of a more cost-effective platform. To enable that, Teradici created a Cloud Access Platform that gets deployed on a public cloud. End users then make use of Teradici Cloud Access Software to access applications running in the Teradici Cloud Access Platform.

    The launch of the Teradici cloud effort comes at a time when many vendors are attempting to implement the H.264 compression standard to stream graphics applications hosted in the cloud back to a PC. But Cordingley says that alternative approach makes use of technologies originally developed by Netflix that are still relatively immature when applied in the context of any form of desktop virtualization. For the moment at least, all of Teradici’s OEM partners continue to support PCoIP, although VMware has signaled its intention to move to a protocol it has developed that would eliminate the licensing fees it currently pays Teradici.

    Regardless of the approach, the one thing that is for certain is that more graphics applications are going to be moving into the cloud. The only debatable part is how those applications might actually be accessed.


    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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