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HP Extends Z Workstation Family into Virtualization Realm

29 May, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

Scheduled for June release, the HP DL380z will enable access to CAD and other graphics-intensive software from nearly any device in any location.


At the Citrix Synergy conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, HP debuted the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation, designed to support virtual computing in the fields of engineering, CAD, AEC, digital media, oil and gas exploration, education, and government.

Virtual computing allows users to access software — in this case, CAD and other compute-intensive applications — from virtually any location and using virtually any device, including thin clients, laptops, and tablets. Virtual computing, which comprises computer desktops and Windows-based software (apps) that are hosted on a server in a company's data center — is growing in popularity thanks to benefits that include improved data security, IT cost control, and support for a mobile workforce.

The HP DL380z Virtual Workstation resides in a company's data center but can be accessed from virtually anywhere.
The HP DL380z Virtual Workstation resides in a company's data center but can be accessed from virtually anywhere.

In a virtual computing environment, the HP DL380z draws on HP server technology to support Citrix XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro graphics-acceleration technology and the NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance. Certified for use with the Citrix virtualization stack and NVIDIA GRID, the HP DL380z incorporates the industry-standard 2U form factor, which means it can easily integrate into an existing data center infrastructure with no additional chassis hardware required.

"As IT needs change, customers are looking to HP for a virtualized workstation solution to support centralized, secure data access, high-availability applications and demanding graphics workloads," said Jim Zafarana, vice-president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. "The HP DL380z will provide a true workstation experience that offers end-to-end security and industry-leading ILO [Integrated Lights Out] centralized management."

The HP DL380z enables use of dual NVIDIA GRID K2 graphics cards and NVIDIA GRID GPU virtualization, supporting as many as eight users on one workstation. NVIDIA Quadro K6000, K5000, and K4000 graphics cards also are supported. By keeping the compute engine colocated with high-performance storage arrays in the data center, customers can experience dramatically reduced project load times, according to HP.

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