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As government agencies seek to support an increasingly mobile workforce, ensuring the security of sensitive data is a key concern. In addition to strengthening their cyber security position against an ever-increasing number of cyber threats, federal government CIOs and CTOs are facing data center consolidation initiatives and mandatory migration to Windows 10, all while staying within tight budgets. Evolving regulations and initiatives increase the complexity of streamlining IT - such as the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), which requires IT to reduce its footprint - and virtualization may be required to achieve this goal. In addition to these challenges, many IT departments are also struggling to migrate outdated hardware and manage multiple devices across the enterprise:

  • Ninety percent of federal CIOs reported an increase in cyber attacks.

  • Data breaches cause an estimated $637 million in tax damage to federal IT systems annually.

  • To strengthen their data centers against cyber threats, government agencies are moving their desktops to the data center and in some cases migrating to Windows 10.


    Government agencies are increasingly turning to virtualization and cloud computing to address security and IT challenges. For example, the Pentagon moved to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to increase security, reduce maintenance costs and enable mobility, but early efforts were challenged by desktop latency. By leveraging NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU) technology, government agencies can implement VDI for a high-quality user experience, especially for graphics-intensive applications and video streaming. They can also achieve this while increasing security, mobility, and reducing IT maintenance costs. The value of virtual GPUs in government is considerable:

  • Improving safety. With ongoing cyber threats and data breaches in government agencies and the growing need to support a more mobile workforce and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, government IT departments must ensure data center security. With NVIDIA's virtual graphics processor solutions, IT can enable access to files and data on any device while information is centrally hosted in the data center. Engineers and analysts can securely collaborate on classified data, and governments can extend virtualization to more users with secure access to files and 3D applications.

  • Improving mobility and efficiency. From aerospace and munitions to geospatial analysis and imagery, government officials need to be able to access 3D data from anywhere, at any time and on a variety of devices. The NVIDIA Quadro® Virtual Data Center Workstation (Quadro vDWS) delivers GPU-accelerated virtual desktops and applications that free government workers from physical PCs and workstations, enabling a native desktop experience on any device. This portability and fast access to information leads to increased efficiency. Users save hours by not having to download data from remote locations, and employees around the world can collaborate on the same files securely located in the data center.

  • Reduced maintenance costs. Government organisations are introducing initiatives to consolidate data centres in the face of budgetary constraints. NVIDIA vGPU technology enables IT to virtualize desktops and save time and money by simplifying management and reducing maintenance over physical desktops. With GPU-accelerated virtualization, modeling and geographic information system (GIS) applications can be cost-effectively deployed to all users. Even data from legacy and silo IT systems is unified and easily accessible to all users. IT can replace thick clients with thin clients or even zero clients without sacrificing usability, all while supporting BYOD policies. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is further reduced by simplifying the management of enterprise data with proactive monitoring for large-scale deployments across the IT infrastructure. Live Migration enables the migration of live VMs without interruption to the end user. This enables more efficient data center maintenance and enables engineers to work with 3D CAD models in a VDI environment during the day and send them to an HPC solver at night, all using the same server infrastructure.

  • Reduced maintenance costs.Training helicopter pilots to fly and soldiers to operate vehicles can be costly - especially considering the number of training hours required for hundreds of thousands of geographically dispersed employees. NVIDIA vGPU technology accelerates flight and vehicle simulators in a virtual environment, enabling government IT departments to purchase half the hardware equipment while reducing power, space, and cooling costs. Multi-vGPU support with NVIDIA Quadro vDWS enables the assignment of up to four NVIDIA® Tesla® GPUs to a single virtual machine (VM), enabling even more powerful, realistic simulation and training. Government agencies can exponentially reduce training costs and deliver training more efficiently with high-quality user experiences for hundreds of thousands of employees.

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