HP adds virtualization to Z Workstation family

Summary:The DL380z Virtual Workstation is powered by the NVIDIA virtualization technology and certified for the Citrix virtualization stack, including HDX 3D Pro technology.

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HP on Tuesday announced the release of its latest virtual workstation environment, the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation.

HP said DL380z enables remote access to workstation-class applications on a variety of devices — including thin clients, notebooks, and tablets — and provides users with the benefits of low latency, vibrant graphics, and security of data and intellectual property. 

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The workstation is essentially an extension of HP's existing Z Workstation products, with the latest iteration powered by the NVIDIA virtualization technology and certified for the Citrix virtualization stack, including HDX 3D Pro technology.

The HP DL380z enables use of dual NVIDIA GRID K2 graphics cards and NVIDIA GRID GPU virtualization, and supports up to 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, HP said customers can experience dramatically reduced project load times. 

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. 

Rakesh Narasimhan, group vice president and general manager of Desktops and Apps for Citrix, noted that 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 3-D apps that this specialized workforce needs.

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Topics: Data Centers, Data Management, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard

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