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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.

 

Rakesh Narasimhan, group vice-president and general manager, Desktops and Apps at Citrix, said, "Enterprises that are adopting app and desktop virtualization to provide a personalized mobile workspace must address a key user group: design and engineering users. Organizations must maintain tight security and control over valuable intellectual property as these users become more mobile and distributed. Providing customers with the powerful combination of HDX 3D Pro in XenDesktop with HP's virtual workstation with NVIDIA technology, we can deliver the high-performance experience of 3D apps that this specialized workforce needs."

The HP DL380z keeps intellectual property and other sensitive data centralized and secure by transmitting encrypted pixel data over LAN or WAN to remote users. It also allows for flexible IT management with a choice of pass-through GPU and virtual GPU modes that can be configured according to usage needs, making IT change management simple and efficient.

Virtual workstation environments can be configured in a variety of ways depending on the type of user. Source: HP.
Virtual workstation environments can be configured in a variety of ways depending on the type of user. Source: HP.

The HP DL380z also supports HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS), which pioneered remote access to graphics-rich applications and the ability to host collaboration sessions from multiple devices and multiple operating systems, including Linux. The newest HP RGS release 7 added the ability to have true workstation productivity from a tablet while bringing intuitive touch controls to nontouch applications. The workstation also supports HP Velocity software, which significantly improves network performance, according to HP.

The virtual workstation software ecosystem supports a variety of end-point operating systems. Source: HP.
The virtual workstation software ecosystem supports a variety of end-point operating systems. Source: HP.

Pricing and Availability

The HP DL380z is scheduled for release in June. Pricing depends on the number of users and the system configuration and is available on request. For more information about the HP DL380z, including the full list of system specifications, visit the HP Virtual Workstations web site.


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