Benefits of 3D Graphical Workloads in VDI Environments

The Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) has transformed over the years. It no longer restricts itself to desktops with minimum resolutions, and it now holds the capability of outputting quality high resolution including the user of multiple monitors for 3D purposes for numerous end-users’ desktops. The best deal is this can now all be achieved cost-effectively. With our virtualization solution, you can now manage numerous workloads offered by the VDI, all ranging from a scope of knowledge-workers who utilize 3D desktops, scaled up to high-performance and intensive 3D workload apps, such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Here are few benefits of using graphical applications for virtual stations.

Variations of Graphic Acceleration

Currently, there are two variations of graphic acceleration for a virtual station environment: vGPU (Virtual Graphics Processing Unit) and vSGA (Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration). The vGPU commutes the graphical processing unit resources among virtual machines in one main view pool. From there, you’re allowed to allocate the video RAM to virtual machines manually, or you can even distribute evenly among the view pool. As for the vSGA, the highest allocation you can integrate to a virtual machine is up to 512 mb. The main benefit of vSGA is that there will virtually be no reconfiguration needed as the virtual machine will have the capability to alternate dynamically among software/hardware graphic accelerations.

Improved Performance of vGPU

Every virtual machine has direct access to a part of a physical graphics card, which is known as the vGPU. With the vGPU coordination, there is also a direct frame buffer access to the memory from the graphics processing unit. Thus, the direct access heavily reduces slowness issues, therein providing an excellent end-user experience in regards to the responsiveness of the process. This also includes heavy-duty processes from the vGPU card such as rendering huge amounts of 3D figures. Considering the vSGA, where the video memory reserved is on the physical graphics processing unit, only half of it available which is low enough to begin with. Balance for the memory is in place by the RAM on the ESXi host, swaying from the graphics processor. When working with vGPU, the shared video memory can be effortlessly coordinated depending on the various workload processes. Some processes peaking up to 2GB for every virtual machine in regards to graphic-intensive applications, shooting as low as to 256MB for the efficient scaling of its variety of processes. With vGPU’s, allotment is automatically and efficiently executed.

The features of vGPU are of improved performances for the entirety of the graphical processing unit as it is hauled through the hypervisor into the virtual machine, basically making every virtual machine have access to its own graphical processing unit. This makes any focused medical and/or engineering based images to be the viable choice, as the vGPU allows for very efficient graphic-intensive using applications. The vGPU is a bit more costly as compared to the vSGA because the number of virtual machines on the given host is halted to the number of graphical processing units that have high availability, but the cost savings-efficiency are still adamant. This is because you will not need to buy top end workstations that are not cost-effective for each graphics end-user.


As previously mentioned, 3D graphical applications being virtualized has always showcased substantial cost and technicality challenges. Virtualizing 3D graphics engineers, graphic designers, and business professionals allows more productivity and collaboration in the workspace. IT staff can provision those end-users with more secured access to heavy graphical intensive applications from anywhere on any device.


There are also many benefits for organizations through expanding the secure access to heavy graphical intensive 3D graphics and high media experiences to additional end-users within more areas/locations. The processes and testing within this blog demonstrates how the delivery of actual end-to-end solutions for virtualization on desktops, as well as how virtualized 3D graphical capabilities are supported.

Virtual Support

This all boils down to the main purpose of 3D graphical applications being needed in a virtual environment: if it benefits your business, this solution will benefit you. The endless support for 3D graphical solution products as well as the applications performs in a seamless transition for any and all graphical-intensive users.  As previously mentioned, if you’re using applications such as Auto CAD, and you’re currently or looking into transitioning your workspace into a virtual environment, then 3D graphics for VDI is definitely for you and your business.