HP has added new options to its workstation portfolio, comprising updated ZBook 14 and ZBook 15u ultrabook models, a refreshed rack-mounted Virtual Workstation system, and a new release of the Remote Graphics Software used to deliver remote access to workstation applications.
Available from this month, the HP ZBook 14 and ZBook 15u Workstation Ultrabook systems are claimed by HP as the thinnest and lightest of their type.
These are the second generation of HP's ultrabook workstations, following the original ZBook 14 launched in 2013.
The update sees the line extended with a 15.6in model (the ZBook 15u) and Intel's newly announced 5th Generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors, combined with AMD FirePro graphics accelerator hardware.
Both models can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and storage options including up to a 1TB Sata hard drive or 180GB solid state drive, which can be complemented with a 256GB HP Z Turbo Drive that attaches directly to the PCI Express bus for higher performance.
"Our new workstation ultrabooks demonstrate our unwavering commitment to professional customers and the need for light, first-class mobile workstations to augment the design workflow," said Ori Bergman, director for commercial and retail solutions in HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group in EMEA.
Pricing for the ZBook 14 and ZBook 15u Workstation Ultrabook systems is expected to start at €1,289 (£1,012) and €1,335 (£1,048) respectively.
Meanwhile, HP's DL380z Virtual Workstation system has also been given a refresh. Originally launched last year, the system is based on HP's ProLiant DL380p rack-mount server chassis, but is intended to run virtual workstation instances that can be accessed remotely, with Nvidia Grid accelerator cards to boost graphics performance.
The updated model, available now, is based on the latest version of the server hardware with Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, which enables it to be configured with up to 36 cores and up to 1.5TB of 2133MHz DDR4 memory.
It also features an enhanced chassis with more expandability than the previous generation, according to HP.
HP said that the DL380z Virtual Workstation supports virtualised infrastructure based on Citrix or VMware platforms, with Windows or Linux running on the virtual workstation instances.
The Citrix and VMware platforms include their own remote screen protocols to deliver the end user experience, but HP has its own Remote Graphics Software which has been updated to version 7.1.
This delivers a 60 percent increase in performance, including a huge boost in frame rates via HP's proprietary HP3 codec and native Wacom tablet redirection on Linux.
HP said that RGS 7.1 will begin shipping on HP Z Desktop and ZBook Workstations from April, and will be available as a free download for existing HP Z Workstation customers at the same time.
It will also be available to purchase for customers to use on any other supported hardware.
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