Mastering voodoo: Building Linux VDI for Deep Learning workloads, Part 1

Linux VDI. It sucks. Period. Although it seems very easy to deploy and maintain, it isn’t. It’s some kind of voodoo that is hard to master. It could work when setting up your VM in a specific way on a specific system, but when doing the same thing in the exact same way but on a different system it could fail for unknown reasons. This post is not dedicated to... Read more

How to build an F1 simulator game in a VDI

At ITQ, we like to experiment with technology and push the limits of what’s possible. If we present sessions about the Art of the Possible, in our case it’s also actually based on what we have built. We have a passion for technology and the combination of that passion and the drive to always get the most out of a solution, product or technology sometimes has amazing results. The F1... Read more

Low-noise vGPU and vSAN Homelab optimizations

Last week you might have read that I have been working on a new homelab, based on vSphere 6.7u1 including Horizon 7.7, NVIDIA vGPU, VMware vSAN, and 10 GbE. All based on hardware that has low power consumption. The Xeon D architecture on Supermicro motherboards was the ideal match for my homelab requirements. There was one more challenge to overcome though, making it even quieter. My lab has three hosts:... Read more

Building a low-power vSAN & vGPU Homelab

For the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with different setups of lab equipment because I wanted to take my homelab to the next level. The primary reason being that my old lab was a noisy and power consuming system. It performed pretty well and satisfied all my needs (like building the F1 Racing Simulator with VMware Horizon, Blast Extreme, and NVIDIA vGPU), but for future requirements (I... Read more

The Year of VDI: The survey results are out!

To be The Year of VDI or not to be The Year of VDI, that’s the question. Well, to be honest, I don’t think it’s even a question. Yes, I do believe that VDI has deserved all of the attention it got through this initiative and everything that came out of it. Today (during the VDI Performance Summit in Amsterdam), Brian Madden delivered the keynote and I believe the initiative... Read more

How useful is a Digital Workspace without VDI?

The initiative to declare 2019 as the true Year of VDI continues. As you may have read in my previous blog post, I believe the main reason for the declaration is that the technology has matured to a level where it can become a mainstream technology. Of course, this is the case in certain industries and when you are facing tons of traditional applications. By the way, if you haven’t... Read more

Will 2019 finally be the Year of VDI?

Many people joke about it and mock with the fact that it has been The Year of VDI for many years. But, is it finally here? Will 2019 finally be The Year of VDI? And what does that mean? Does that mean we could see VDI being a mainstream technology? Have hyper-converged stacks and automatic deployments made the technology a commodity and might this be a reason why 2019 finally is... Read more

Review of VMworld 2018 in Barcelona

While waiting at the airport in Barcelona for my wife to arrive, I’m trying to channel everything that happened in the last 5 days. VMworld 2018 in Barcelona just ended and since the very first VMware event I visited (Partner Exchange 2012, PEX, in Las Vegas), the way I experience those events is changing. Visiting PEX 2012 had a primary goal; I was solely there to learn about new technologies (such... Read more