Fujitsu is bringing to market a rack-mount system that can serve as a remote workstation for up to eight professional users simultaneously, despite fitting into a 1U chassis form factor.
Set to be available from June, the Fujitsu Celsius C740 is designed to sit in a data centre rack and provide remote access to high-performance computing (HPC) applications such as CAD, graphic design and engineering software.
Based on Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 Haswell processor family, the Celsius C740 can be configured with up to 18 cores and up to 256GB of DDR4 memory, despite fitting into a 1U high chassis. In fact, Fujitsu claims to be the only tier 1 system vendor offering a 1U rack-mount workstation.
"That's a big thing for our customers in terms of density, as they can fit many more of these things in a data centre rack than they can with rival products," Fujitsu's product manager for HPC & workstations, Leigh Schvartz, told V3.
Fujitsu already offers a rack-mount workstation, the Celsius C620, but as well as offering a boost in compute power, the new Celsius C740 ships with Nvidia Grid graphics. This provides hardware-accelerated graphics with support for virtualisation, meaning that multiple users can take advantage of the GPU acceleration capabilities.
This in turn means that the workstation can still be monopolised by a single user running very demanding workloads, as with the Celsius C620, or shared among four to eight users running more modest workstation-class applications, according to Fujitsu.
"If you're a small design studio, you can put this in and virtualise it, and VMware and Citrix have some quite nice entry-level ‘VDI-in-a-box' offerings, so it becomes quite affordable at that level," said Dom Webb, Fujitsu's head of workstations for UK & Ireland.
Some universities and technical colleges have already shown interest in a solution such as this, according to Webb.
"It gets rid of the need to have specialised secure CAD labs where the workstations are located. You can just have a room full of thin clients, and the students can be given remote access from home as well," he said.
While in the past, the licensing overheads for Citrix or VMware infrastructure would have made this less attractive, many organisations have now already deployed VDI for other purposes.
In addition to featuring Intel's latest Xeon processors, the Celsius C740 can be configured with a Fujitsu PCIe SSD card, offering 256GB or 512GB of flash storage connected via the PCI Express bus for maximum performance.
Fujitsu has also equipped the Celsius C740 with an integrated Remote Management Controller (iRMC S4) module, and includes its ServerView embedded Lifecycle Management Suite software.
The Fujitsu Celsius C740 will be available via Fujitsu direct sales and its distribution partners from May, with deliveries expected in June.
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