by Lyle Smith

HP DL380z Virtual Workstation Solution Announced

HP has announced the HP DL380z, a new virtual workstation solution that provides secure, remote access to workstation-class applications from a variety of devices including thin clients, notebooks, and tablets. The new HP DL380z Virtual Workstation brings together HP’s popular server technology, NVIDIA virtualization technology, and Citrix virtualization technology; all of which using HP’s highly secure, industry-leading workstation ecosystem.

The HP DL380z is an extension of the HP family of virtualization solutions, which is designed specifically for evolving work styles within the fields of engineering, CAD, AEC, digital media, oil and gas exploration, education and government. Additionally, the HP DL380z uses the industry-standard 2U form factor, meaning that it can easily integrate into a customer’s existing data center infrastructure with no additional chassis hardware required.

HP’s new virtual workstation enables use of dual NVIDIA GRID K2 graphics cards, NVIDIA GRID GPU virtualization, and supports up to eight users on one workstation. NVIDIA Quadro K6000, K5000 and K4000 graphics cards are supported as well. By keeping the compute engine colocated with high-performance storage arrays in the data center, customers can experience significantly reduced project load times.

The HP DL380z is certified for the Citrix virtualization stack, such as the HDX 3D Pro technology, to ensure high-performance remote access to workstation-class applications.

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, giving users the choice of pass-through GPU and virtual GPU modes, which can be configured according to usage needs. As a result, this makes IT change management much more simple and efficient.

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

Pricing and availability

The HP DL380z is slated for an early June, 2014, release.

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