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VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions by Andre Leibovici, Jason Langone

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Teradici APEX offload card

In 2011, Teradici announced the Teradici APEX 2800 offload card. The APEX card is a PCIe card that is used to offload the PCoIP protocol encoding from the physical server's CPU (abstracted as vCPU within the vDesktop) to the offload card. This offloading is for video only and does not help offload the audio channels of PCoIP. The APEX offload card is an integrated solution with VMware View.

As mentioned earlier in this book, the fact that VMware View is capable of leveraging hardware solutions (for example, PCoIP zero clients, and PCoIP host card) provides unique capabilities in the market.

In many, if not most, VMware View solutions, the APEX offload card can be used to effectively increase the vDesktops that can be run ...

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