As I was one of those that attended GRID days and my blog was mentioned at the top of this page I wanted to add some non technical commentary that as yet I haven’t included in my blog regarding the feedback and community aspects that were taken away from the event.
Some background on myself I have been working with EUC technologies since Presentation Server 4 and now focus my attention mainly on VMware Horizon View solutions, including authoring two books as such I have been working with NVIDIA technologies since the support has been included within these platforms for dedicated and shared GPU and more recently vGPU. I as many of you have been concerned about the GRID 2.0 licensing model since its announcement however have not felt the need to discuss publicly.
When I was given the opportunity to attend GRID Days I of course jumped at the chance, however it was not without personal or business cost for many of us as we weren’t able to work during this time. As such we all clearly wanted to make sure we got the maximum benefit of attendance by gaining a better understanding about the technology but most importantly helping represent the communities we are part by giving our opinions to NVIDIA.
This type of exclusive group is not unusual in the technology industry and certainly does not form some secretive group, if you look at the list of attendees many of us are independent consultants, recognised by differing manufacturers for our community involvement and not being some under cover marketing engine. By attending GRID days there was no obligation to blog about any subject and the blog posts you are seeing at present represent the attendees true technical interest and passion for the demonstrations and presentations we saw.
Onto the community a large part, in fact a majority of why we were at GRID days was to work with NVIDIA around the improvement to their community, licensing, products and more. We had dedicated sessions with most senior managers at NVIDIA looking at everything from the licensing (Including reviewing the opinion of others on this forum), monitoring and management, documentation, webinars and more. From someone that really is an advocate for communities and who has been involved in online communities for over 15 years it was great to see a real keen interest in improving what they were doing coming all the way from the top. Too anyone who wasn’t at these sessions please be aware that NVIDIA is really interested in improving many if not all of the aspects for the better, this forum is a great way to get those messages across and it has certainly been heard and is being acted upon.
There was much NDA content during the 2 days and as such we need to be careful with regard to what we share, however as soon as the NDA’s are lifted expect a barrage of further information, I for one am already planning some collaborative videos in association with NVIDIA that I hope will be useful to many, again NVIDIA haven’t asked me to do this I am doing so for the community and my customers.
To summarise, NVIDIA are very aware and are listening to the opinion and commentary on this forum and blogs, they are actively working on implementing changes directly on this feedback and there are exciting technological advances happening in the future.
Sit back, await the announcements and then let NVIDIA know how they have done, they are listening.
I can be found on Twitter @virtualisedreal or DefineTomorrow.co.uk if you would like to discuss with me further,