We Are not Among the Leaders – Consider Us the Leader !
That may be a bold expression taking into consideration that we built our platform on top good technologies from other companies. However, it all comes down to how you combine and use the technologies provided to you. And how you offer and package it to your customers.
Now while sitting here in San Jose participating at the GPU Technology Conference hosted by Nvidia, a lot of things become much more clear:
- GPU computing is widely accelerating several industries, ranging from pharmaceutical to industrial backend HPC platforms. However, usage in the VDI area providing users with strong agile desktops delivered out from the datacenter, is still in its early adoption.
- That makes it even more powerful to work with the Lean-On Application Accelerator Platform®, as we have been leveraging and optimizing the Citrix GPU technology since 2009. It becomes evident participating in this conference that Lean-On is in the absolute lead.
I have over the last 24 hours asked the question to many other participants: “How far and how large VDI GPU installations have you deployed?”
Most respond by saying that they are in serious POCs. A few might have a few installations with a few users running. That is it. Others talk about potential projects. At Lean-On we deliver thousands of high graphics GPU powered desktops on a daily basis. And our customers expect it to be a simple delivery, just like buying a bottle of milk in the supermarket.
Adding that our desktops hit 32 gbyte of RAM or the users hit a full Nvidia K2 GPU for Autodesk Inventor, Navisworks, Solidworks and so forth, you get people’s full attention.
The Lean-On cloud today scale customers out and up, based on a SLA in our cloud. We have customers not knowing that they just added another 2-3 Tbyte RAM, and hundreds of vCPUs to their installations.
Sitting here in San Jose, in the center of Silicon Valley makes me proud – proud that we ran with Citrix and their desktop GPU concept, and that we through the Accelerator have delivered a computing platform that enables our customers to have extreme agility and second-to-none user experience.
Bits and Bytes Forever
Tell me straight to my face: Are you a manager who perceives IT to be something for your internal IT employees, or are we delivering IT to support the organizational ability to compete and operate in the most efficient way?
I just attended a seminar with good old Microsoft. The new facilities of the Microsoft Windows Server 2016 are massive. However, the ability to do something more for the users, were hidden away in thousands of PowerShell commands.
Tons of new stuff that make the world more complex, and all at the same time ignoring the fact that the users in the enterprise hate their IT department and its lack of service, lack of understanding, the core components of running a business.
After the massive stream of improvements, we came to the Q&A session. As always, there is room for 2-3 questions. For the questions related to the ability to integrate to business tools, that were essential to the business, the answers ranged from: “We are planning it” – “we have thought of it” – “it’s not yet on the road map” to “no I do not think so”.
Think of it this way:
I truly believe that all companies in Scandinavia could run on Windows 98/ XP and Office 97.
However, due to technology invention where some are very useful, but even more so just adds complexity, we are yet again moving towards a world made by IT, with a purpose of making IT happy, not the company.
As yours truly is right now participating in the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, I am happy to report that all our Accelerator customers are not hassled by the IT feature sprawl and complexity. We reduce wait times with 90%+. At the same time we reduce the need for IT infrastructure knowhow with our customers with a similar 90%.
By having created the Accelerator we can now offer our customers the ability to focus on the business, and not bit an bytes.
What to Do When the Future Hits You too Fast !!!
Everybody knows, what you buy today became obsolete yesterday!
So how can you maintain competitiveness compared to the guy next door competing with you, when he just bought the version of next week! You are now loosing ground, his users operates with 15% higher productivity.
The answer is simple: Get hold of the Lean-On Application Accelerator Platform® today, and all your concerns of tomorrow can be laid to rest !!
Heard that one before ???
Maybe – but as I attend the GTC in San Jose, enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee, I realize that the Accelerator has a complete life-cycle expansion and extension, enabling us to deliver the best of today, tomorrow and next year.
2 Examples that Will Convince You Right Away !
Scale out and up on the fly:
- A new version of Autodesk requires more graphics power. All users using Autodesk are to be given more CUDA cores. You change the profile in the grid manager adding a stronger profile, and add it to the group that is included in the change. Next time the users log on, they are good to go. You may have to add some grid cards but who cares about those few $ being spent, when looking at an operation that takes 5 minutes.
- A new version of Navisworks recommends you to increase your CPU allocation from 2 to 4. You add the CPUs in 2 minutes and you are good to go. You might have to add an additional server – so what ! You are reusing old hardware and protecting your hardware investment.
No upgrades – no hassle – just supporting your business in the most optimal and secure way.
What Drove me to the Creation of the Lean-On Application Accelerator Platform®?
The answer is simple: The users and the CEO/CFO.
All the potential customers for an Accelerator that we have visited, have among their users a great dissatisfaction with the current solution delivered by IT. Furthermore, when the users are unhappy about not reaching goals set by management, management are upset.
What a surprise!
The IT people delivering IT services to the users are self-pacing their unfortunate situation. Instead of hiding away their lack of ability, they introduce more technology into the enterprise, causing things to go from bad to worse.
Would it not be perfect, if the IT people could concentrate on meeting the users needs and solve their concerns, instead of being blamed for being the root cause?
Technical people by birth, apply for technical education, then applying technical jobs, where they can work with technical gizmos. Now what usage does the enterprise obtain from this!!?
Nothing what so ever!?
An enterprise in 2016 should have IT people that understand the business, people that have skills in transforming user needs into technology.
The technical people belong with us, helping us to keep the technology running smooth and well.
We are the machine room. We are the developers that accelerate the organization in ways that enable them to become winners.
One of our customers that we entered a long term contract with, almost more than 3 years ago, is in the process of extending their agreement with us for another cycle. We have enabled them to become the best sparring partner for their users, and thereby we enabled them to shift the focus from technology to the use cases.
The machine room is run by us, because we work, update, construct and operate machine rooms at our customers on a daily basis = our comfort zone.
Lean more by attending our Lean-On Executive Forum next week where we will focus more on GPU and VDI, and IT with a business perspective. At this event I will also share more of my insights from the GPU Technology Conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to be updated and meet some of our current customers who have already gained significant business value from these technologies!