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Expanding true graphics-rich experiences to more virtual users: HP Gen8 Graphics Server Blade

Author:  Karen Brown, HP Client Virtualization Portfolio Marketing

 

It’s difficult to envision a world without graphics – they are so pervasive that we hardly notice most of them.  Consider all the images you come into contact with each and every day:  photos, graphs and charts, drawings, symbols, designs.  And that doesn’t even take into consideration the graphics you encounter at work:  visualizations (think oil and gas), clip art and logos for PowerPoint presentations, charts and graphics (for trading and accounting applications).  The list goes on and on.

 

So what if you could provide your employees all these graphics virtually across geo-boundaries – from media-rich PC use to compute-intensive - with one server?  And what if that server resided in your datacenter where the data could not only be protected and easily managed but also support a wide variety of users?

 

Today, HP announces support for the new NVIDIA GRID boards as well as additional Quadro graphics cards (including the K5000 which is excellent for large model visualizations) in the HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade.  Combined with our GPU multi-pass through carrier card which supports up to 8 users per blade, we now have the most comprehensive portfolio for GPU support in the industry.

 

 NVIDIA GRID

 

The NVIDIA GRID K1 board, which includes four NVIDIA Kepler architecture-based GPUs and 16GB of memory, is designed to host the maximum number of concurrent users.  NVIDIA GRID K2 boards, which include two higher end Kepler GPUs and 8GM of memory, are designed to serve the specific needs of users of graphics-intensive applications.  The NVIDIA GRID boards will be supported in the expansion blade for the WS460c.

 

 WS460 Configs with NVIDIA.jpg

 

GPU Pass Through

 

The HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8 Graphics Server Blade delivers the industry’s first support for bladed graphics with up to eight GPUs per blade plus enhanced memory footprint and speeds and full PCIe Gen3 x16 GPU support—all on the proven HP ProLiant Gen8 architecture. This solution enables a lower cost per seat through multi-tenancy in a virtualized environment while keeping a dedicated GPU per user for performance, and taking full advantage of NVIDIA driver. This is beneficial to users who utilize high-performance graphics applications in multiple industries.

 

So, whichever type of desktop virtualization user you need to securely support - PC users tapping into video and high fidelity graphics, or workers tackling the most intensive graphics applications, HP has a simple solution to cover all of these models - the WS460 Gen8 Graphics Server Blade. 

 

Need more information on how this solution could enhance your operation? Access our whitepaper and datasheet here.

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