Teradici CEO Dan Cordingley on PCoIP & Dell

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Dan Cordingley, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Teradici talks with Steve Waskul about remote desktop infrastructures and how Teradici works to deliver seamless remote desktop experiences to a range of users.

The interview starts with a quick look at Teradici’s history. Dan explains that the company, founded just over 10 years ago, was started with the vision that a new protocol could be developed (PC-over-IP or (PCoIP)) that could allow workstations, data and compute to reside somewhere other than “under the desk” (data center or in the cloud today). Their goal was to remote the user experience with uncompromising fidelity and quality optimizing around things like latency and network effects. So the big vision was to create a solution where users would not be impacted in any way in the visual compute experience but where from the IT perspective the actual compute and workstations could be located somewhere else on the network.

With these goals in mind, Teradici was off and running. Today they have extended their initial goals into a technology that is helping to power the new virtual workplace allowing users to access compute from a variety of devices and locations. The company works with a range of partners now who integrate their technology into new hardware and software solutions and they have a range of products including PCoIP zero clients, optimized thin clients, hardware accelerators, remote workstation cards and more.

As the interview continues, Steve Waskul discusses his experiences with Teradici’s products in a visit to the Dell Solutions Center in Austin, Texas. Steve found that in the test demo Dell had setup the experience was very similar to being right in front of a workstation using the applications that Dell had available. Dan joins in saying that the constant goal for Teradici is to satisfy the demanding folks at movie studios who are looking for pixel accurate, full frame-rate uncompromised performance. By striving to meet the needs of these high-end users, Mr. Cordingley explains that Teradici is in a great position to satisfy the needs of the typical enterprise user.

There are many reasons for virtualizing desktops and considering PCoIP solutions. One of the big issues facing companies is protection of their intellectual property. By virtualizing desktops and workstations Dan explains that the data itself never has to leave the data center. So, this can be a great fit for large companies or even small ones where you have to protect the content stored in systems from leaving the facility. He also points out that by removing the workstation from under desks you can create a much quieter environment for workers. One interesting effect of leveraging PCoIP is that applications with large data sets can in some cases be accelerated because the compute and centralized storage can be brought together with very fast connectivity solutions. So because everything is co-located, the large data sets don’t need to be transferred over slower network infrastructure to wherever the user happens to be. Another interesting use case is collaborative workflows. Dan gives the example of an artist being able to leave their desk to show another colleague something they are working on. This can easily be accomplished by logging into their own system remotely at the colleague’s desk. Rather than moving the files, users can simply connect remotely to their desktop and show the scene they want to show so it is easy and fluid.

Next, the interview moves to the new announcement that Teradici and Dell delivered at SIGGRAPH 2014 (Dell is one of Teradici’s first and largest partners in the content creation space). The companies introduced new software for Dell Precision workstations that allows you utilize PCoIP without needing additional hardware devices. Dan explains that Teradici took the software version of their protocol and they optimized it around the Dell platform. In addition they worked closely with NVIDIA to access their grid technology so they can get easier to access the pixels in system memory. With Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software, mobile workers can now have a rich remote computing experience on-the-go. The software, which is available for download at the Dell Online Store and through Dell Channel partners includes PCoIP remote visualization technology. The new software is optimized for NVIDIA K2000 or higher (GRID SDK 2.2), and is compatible with any discrete GPU (e.g., AMD, NVIDIA), plus it runs on the latest 3D APIs (OpenGL and DirectX). Key benefits of the solution are:

  • High quality images: The leading Teradici PCoIP protocol compresses and encrypts pixels to enable outstanding remote workstation performance.
  • Remote access from anywhere: Highly flexible solution supports BYOD, allowing for remote access from anywhere around the world.
  • Ultra-secure access: PCoIP technology only transmits pixels, not data, providing assurance to IT that corporate IP will be protected against loss or theft.
  • Direct connect: Easy to deploy and doesn’t require set up of a third party broker to get started.
  • Local collaboration: Local workstation user can share their screen with one remote user leveraging the same Windows OS account.
  • Application independent: PCoIP technology sends pixels, regardless of the applications being used and types of content being generated.
  • Broad client support: The software connects seamlessly with Teradici PCoIP Software Clients (Windows OS and Mac OS) as well as PCoIP Zero Clients (Dell Wyse P25, Dell Wyse P45), with support for additional end points planned for future releases.
  • High performance 3D:Utilizing NVIDIA GRID enables even the most demanding 3D applications to be operated remotely with an experience that feels like you’re working from your local workstation.

As the interview continues Dan explains that beta testers reported that the Teradici PCoIP Workstation Access Software can be downloaded, installed and connected to by a remote device in less than 5 minutes. This technology gives a wide range of devices access to the workstation from any location with remote access connectivity which really opens up a lot of options for a cost of $199 USD plus $40 for a one-year mandatory support and maintenance contract which includes free software upgrades and support.

The interview concludes with a discussion of how the PCoIP technology works and how Dell and Teradici partner in a range of areas for remote solutions, virtualization etc.