NICE DCV (Desktop Cloud Visualization) is a industry-standard software created by NICE/AWS that allows high-end performance remote desktop access to 2D and 3D desktops. It offers benchmark proven high-end remote streaming performance combined with state-of-the-art encryption.
HP RGS (Remote Graphics Software) is a software developed by HP that allows remote access to single-user desktops. It uses a proprietary protocol to compress and transmit the graphics data, which allows for smooth performance over low-bandwidth networks.
DCV is considered to be better than HP RGS for a number reasons:
- Compatibility: DCV uses industry-standard protocols, which means it is compatible with a wide range of devices and operating systems. HP RGS is mainly compatible with HP hardware and Windows operating systems and is discontinued. RGS does not support RedHat/CentOS 8 operating systems.
- On Windows servers DCV offers high-end remote desktops with very low bandwidth consumption compared to RGS including high interactivity.
- On Linux DCV for 3D in addition to standard high-end remote desktops offers very efficient GPU-sharing supporting a number of full-performant concurrent 3D Desktops for different users on the same GPU. Also many 2D desktops are supported with DCV on the same Linux server which is a very common use case in some industries like EDA (Semiconductor Design).
- Performance: DCV offers better performance than HP RGS as it consumes considerable less bandwidth and shows much lower latencies also driven by hardware-acceleration integration options.
- Security: DCV uses standard encryption protocols, which are considered to be more secure than HP RGS’s proprietary encryption.
It’s worth mentioning that NICE DCV also offers other functionality like different protocols depending on latency situations (TCP, QUIC/UDP), Linux GPU sharing, wacom and stylus support, remote printing, webcam and audio redirection which can be very useful in a enterprise context.