VMware have released a new version of VMware Horizon 8 (2203), and this release is general available from April 2022. This is a major release, so I hope you like this article I put together. VMware have made some huge improvements in this release, which customers/partners are going to benefit from.
Lets dig into what is new.
What is new in VMware Horizon 8 (2203)
VMware Horizon 8 2203 provides the following new features and enhancements
VMware Horizon Connection Server
VMware Horizon Agent for Linux
VMware Horizon Agent for Windows
VMware Horizon GPO Bundle
VMware Dynamic Environment Manager 2203
VMware Unified Access Gateway 2203
VMware Horizon Clients 2203 for Android, Linux, iOS, Mac, Windows, HTML Access
Microsoft have released a new instance powered by NVIDIA A10 GPUs and AMD EPYC 74F3V(Milan) CPU with a base frequency of 3.2 Ghz, all cores peak frequency of 4.0Ghz. With NVadsA10v5-series Azure is introducing virtual machines with partial NVIDIA GPUs. Pick the right sized virtual machine for GPU accelerated graphics applications and virtual desktops starting at 1/6th of a GPU with 4-GiB frame buffer to a full A10 GPU with 24-GiB frame buffer.
The preview is currenty availabe in Azure – US South Central and Azure – West Europe regions.
Prices are now GA (21th March 2022) for North Europe, US East 2, US West3
NVIDIA Ampere GPU (A10) is supporting GPU-P (SR-IOV) which is why its a big step for partitioning the GPU and making the price dramatically cheaper in Azure. *note there have not been released any prices yet of the instances (its unknown)
It’s time to plan updating your NVIDIA Enterprise GPUs. NVIDIA vGPU Software 14 is now GA since February 2022.
NVIDIA vGPU software includes vWS, vCS, vPC, and vApps.
If you got any of following NVIDIA GPU’s: A100, A40, A30, A16, A10, A2, RTX A6000, RTX A5000, RTX8000, RTX6000, V100, T4, P100, P40, P6, P4, M60, M10, M6 If you are interested in a quick overview of which NVIDIA enterprise GPU is supporting which hypervisor, Guest os and remoting technology, I highly recommend you check out this link from NVIDIA that provides the NVIDIA vGPU software product support matrix.NVIDIA vGPU software 14 is supported until February 2023. NVIDIA vGPU software 14 is a Product Branch Support.
I this article, I am also covering which Public Cloud instance is available with NVIDIA GPUs and which license is BYO or provided by the public cloud provider such as Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba.
For a list of validated server platforms, refer to NVIDIA vGPU Certified Servers.
Important note for EUC (Citrix/VMware customers):
NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit profilers can be enabled when unified memory is enabled.
Nsight Systems GPU context switch trace is supported.
Enhancements to the NVIDIA Management Library (NVML) to determine whether a vGPU type supports GPUDirect technology and peer-to-peer CUDA transfers over NVLink
Addition of RPM and Debian packages for the NVIDIA vGPU software graphics drivers for Linux
Security updates – see Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver – February 2022, which is posted shortly after the release date of this software and is listed on the NVIDIA Product Security pages
Miscellaneous bug fixes
Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 14.0
Support for the following GPUs:
Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM hypervisor 8.5
Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 as a guest OS
Support for Debian 10 as a guest OS
Support for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 7 2112
Support for VMware Horizon 2111 (8.4)
Feature Support Withdrawn in Release 14.0
Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM hypervisor 8.1, 7.8, and 7.7 are no longer supported.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 is no longer supported as a guest OS.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8 and 7.7 are no longer supported as a guest OS.
Windows Server 2012 R2 is no longer supported as a guest OS.
Features Deprecated in Release 14.0
The following table lists features that are deprecated in this release of NVIDIA vGPU software. Although the features remain available in this release, they might be withdrawn in a future release. In preparation for the possible removal of these features, use the preferred alternative listed in the table.