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Peer 1 Launches Hosted Trial of Private Cloud GPU Offering

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Peer 1 has launched a hosted trial of its private cloud GPU offering, the company announced Wednesday. The offering delivers NVIDIA GRID GPU acceleration from the data center to any device.

GRID graphics boards use NVIDIA Kepler architecture, which allows GPU hardware virtualization. The service is geared towards SMBs, as they can provide graphics-rich and 3D-intensive content to multiple users with full performance, stability and compatibility, but without the associated infrastructure costs and concerns.

“A big challenge for businesses today is the ever-increasing volumes of data, and the increasing demand for fast processing,” said Donya Fitzsimmons, Channel Account Executive at Peer 1. “Harnessing the power of GPU-based servers allows them to maximise their performance and focus on their core business, rather than have to worry about hardware and the high costs associated with procuring, building, managing, scaling and upgrading a solid infrastructure.”

NVIDIA GRID became available on VMware’s Horizon virtual desktop in April. Peer 1’s GRID GPU virtualization will also be available on Citrix’s and Microsoft’s virtualization solutions.

Peer 1 SVP of Business Development Robert Miggins told The Register that the CPU-GPU cloud offering is a reaction to interest from 20 Peer 1 customers, and it has met with “tremendous demand.”

The new offering is the first major product released by the UK host since Gary Sherlock became CEO in January. Peer 1 is offering 30, 60, and 90-day trials, and will lease GPU cloud capacity starting at $2,000 a month, according to The Register.

SoftLayer and Peer 1’s own public cloud division Zunicore have offered GPU hybrid cloud solutions since 2012, and Peer 1 will find out if there is also demand for an HPC capacity private GPU cloud.

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