HP announced a slew of new devices at its APJ Summit. The company launched DL380z, a virtual workstation solution that provides remote access to workstation-class applications from a variety of devices including notebooks and tablets. This is done using HP’s server technology as well as Nvidia and Citrix’s virtualization technologies.
According to HP, the workstation keeps intellectual property centralized and secure by transmitting encrypted pixel data over LAN or WAN to remote users, thus protecting sensitive data. Organizations can choose pass-through GPU and virtual GPU modes that can be configured as per their requirements. Up to eight users can connect to the virtual workstation at a time
HP is targeting fields like engineering, CAD (computer-aided design), AEC (architecture, engineering and construction), digital media, oil and gas exploration and education with this workstation.
Anneliese Olson, vice president, personal computing, HP Asia-Pacific & Japan, said, “HP’s new workstation solutions address the technology demands of evolving work styles and heavy graphics workloads by providing creative professionals with the faster storage performance, centralised, secure data access, and enhanced interactive capabilities they need.”
Along with the workstation, HP announced the Z Turbo Drive, a PCIe-based SSD for workstations; the company claims that this drive is two times faster than other similarly priced SATA drives. HP also unveiled the Remote Graphics Software, a real-time collaboration solution that “turns swipes into hot keys, gestures into control keys and pinches into zooms, and features an on-screen mouse that uses the entire screen as a track pad,” to increase productivity for remote users of touch PCs or Windows 8 tablets.
All three products will be available from July. The 256 and 512GB variants of HP Z Turbo Drive have been priced at $499 and $899, respectively.
HP also unveiled an internet-on-the-go device, named Data Pass, which allows customers to immediately connect to the internet with 3G or 4G LTE mobile broadband service while travelling. It will cover 13 markets globally and offer up to 250 MB every month for two years at no additional cost and without contract; users can increase the data limit via top-ups. The company said that DataPass will make its debut in Hong Kong and Singapore with HP Slate7 Voice Tablet Ultra by the end of 2014.