So I decided that maybe I’d buy some NVidia GRID from Ebay for my home virtualization server / workstation because basically why the hell not. So I did some research in the field of KVM compatibility, Linux guests, Windows guests, AMD S7150 as alternative etc. and came to following conclusion:
- Linux guests do not work on AMD S7150 MxGPU. Aside from that it’s much cheaper solution with no subscription based bs. Totally suitable for home poweruser.
- NVidia GRID K1/K2 (first generation of GRID gpus) don’t support Linux guests as well
- NVidia supports Linux since Tesla Maxwell which is still quite pricey but kind of affordable
- In order to get support for Linux guests you need highest tier workstation license for GRID software
- Which is 350$ annually per VM
- Tesla M60 supports up to 32 guests.
- Which is 32 * 350$ annually for basic Linux VMs (512mb vram, probably 1 cpu core and like 2gb ram)?
- So in other words drivers are subscription based so NVidia can just pull the switch and turn your GRID card into paperweight in few years because license for old drivers will expire and new drivers won’t support old card.
- Are you f*cking kidding ME???
Am I missing something or it’s such incredibly terrible licensing that it should be illegal? 5 years TCO is like 60 000 $ of such card (just software and hardware without maintenance, thin clients and electricity costs). It’s insane, Jesus! At this point it’s cheaper to just buy 32 workstations.
I have met subscription based appliances in the past for many enterprise products but then typically you get box for free so it’s actual subscription based solution. While this is both pre-paid hardware PLUS additionally subscription based drivers so without subscription your hardware has no intended value and you end up with expensive paperweight. It’s sick, what the hell.
Now compare it to AMD S7150 for 2k$ no strings attached. The only downside is lack of Linux guest support. I think I’ll just go with AMD and stack bunch of crappy consumer gpus for passthrough to linux VMs via pci-e risers because it’ll be like 20x cheaper… But damn it’s unbelievable cost difference. And GRID is unbelievable ripoff. Why nobody is talking about that?