Tina Brown: Sphere 3D VP Corporate Programs and Communications
When it comes to virtual desktops, we are making things happen. A few weeks ago, we had our first V3 Executive Briefing and Advisory Board meeting to fine tune our go-to-market strategy and solicit user input prior to rolling out full general availability of our latest products to market. We invited a number of Fortune 500 attendees including representatives from NVIDIA, PayPal, Adobe, Facebook, Salesforce, McKesson, Autodesk and VMware along with one of our Elite Pro partners. The feedback we got was incredibly exciting and provided real-world validation of our product direction.
Matt McGrigg, senior manager of global strategic cloud alliances at NVIDIA and a V3 Advisory Council member shared, “Sphere 3D’s Virtualization Advisory Council and Distributed Desktop Hyperconvergence (DDH) architecture aim to improve the user experience with virtual desktops and apps through an immersive experience that’s accessible by every user, anywhere. Through our collaboration with the council, and by leveraging NVIDIA GRID, we continue to optimize virtual workspaces and create best practices to broaden adoption.”
At the Executive Briefing, Jaymes Davis, our senior director of Innovation, gave presentations on DDH and our newest V3 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) product family. Specifically, he demonstrated how this new product family, and the DDH architectures it enables, is well suited to fill in the missing gaps not addressed by alternative solutions today. In particular, we are well positioned to address SMBs, enterprises that need VDI for groups of 250 users or less, and enterprises seeking to provide VDI to remote and branch office locations or in multi-site configurations. He also shared how Sphere 3D’s distributed architecture with localized storage is different and more flexible than the software defined data center and centralized storage approach of other virtual desktop vendors.
Jaymes provided a demonstration of V3’s decentralized VDI compute with centralized management. He also presented an out-of-box experience and set-up a professional graphics appliance and deployed 16 virtual workstations (8GB/4vCPU/4GBGPU) in under two hours. Of course, he also shared that our price per desktop, to go along with this architecture, truly makes VDI accessible by “everyone.”
Lastly, the Executive Briefing led to several attendees agreeing to join our Advisory Board and provide valuable insights on solving their real world business challenges. We are excited about our partner relationship strategy and the ability to deliver the V3 family to tackle today’s VDI issues.