How Intel, Citrix, and SAP Make 3-D Graphics Everywhere a Reality

When business computers started appearing on desktops, state-of-the-art graphics meant staring at plain green text on a black background. Life-like graphics weren’t available to average business users, and 3-D graphics were just a dream that computer scientists were brewing in far-off labs.

Today, PCs, laptops, and handheld devices can display high-definition video and 3-D content. But the bulk of usable enterprise 3-D content—such as CAD data and 3-D models—is locked away in engineering departments. And only those who have specialized tools can access it.

So how do you get valuable 3-D data into the hands of everyday users? Intel, Citrix, and SAP have a solution that gives your users access to enterprise 3-D content on the devices that they use the most.

The Intel Xeon processor E3 v4 family, with integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics P6300, forms the foundation of this solution. Intel combines compute and graphics on the processor, which increases performance and density, while reducing power consumption and data movement latency. . In addition, Intel Graphics Virtualization Technology (Intel GVT) provides hardware support for graphics virtualization.

When combined with an end-to-end virtual-desktop solution, such as Citrix XenServer, XenDesktop, HDX 3D Pro, and Receiver, remote users can enjoy the full capabilities of the Intel Iris Pro graphics P6300 GPU on just about any modern device.  And as an added bonus, sensitive 3-D content remains safe in the data center instead of on devices that can be easily stolen or lost.

While Intel and Citrix can make secure content widely available, enterprise 3-D data still suffers from two barriers: file size and delivery. SAP helps solve these problems with SAP 3D Visual Enterprise. This suite of applications lets enterprises convert 3-D content into a portable, lightweight format that everyday people can use without having to earn an engineering degree.

SAP 3D Visual Enterprise can also combine business data with 3-D content, which opens the door to visual, interactive 3-D applications. For example, a heavy equipment field tech can drill down to a specific part on a 3-D model to get a description, part number, servicing instructions, and even availability information.

So what’s holding your organization back from 3-D graphics everywhere? Read our recent solution brief, “Enterprise 3-D Graphics Everywhere,” to see how you can securely deploy rich, 3-D content wherever and whenever your users need it. And be sure to follow me, @TimIntel, and my growing #techtim community on Twitter.

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Tim Allen

About Tim Allen

Tim is a strategic marketing manager for Intel with specific responsibilities related to the cloud, big data, analytics, datacenter appliances and RISC migration. Tim has 20+ years of industry experience including work as a systems analyst, developer, system administrator, enterprise systems trainer, product marketing engineer and marketing program manager. Prior to Intel Tim worked at Tektronix, IBM, Intersolv, Sequent and Con-Way Logistics. Tim holds a BSEE in computer engineering from BYU, PMP certification and a MBA in finance from the University of Portland. Specialties include - PMP, MCSE, CNA, HP-UX, AIX, Shell, Perl, C++