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Want More Graphics Horsepower but Need Security Too?

By Roger Cao

HP Citrix Technical Alliance Manager

Commercial Solutions Org, PPS


CAD designers, animators as well as those in manufacturing demand higher and higher performance in graphics while the need to secure their intellectual property has never been higher. These requirements take an increasingly larger bite out of the seemingly decreasing IT budget. HP helps IT bite back by offering the security benefits of datacenter workstation computing—without sacrificing performance.


HP enjoys a long and strong market position deploying client virtualization and now, in partnership with Citrix, HP offers its ProLiant WS460c Workstation Blade that can be coupled with professional workstations or thin clients to provide a local workstation experience to end users over the network using HDX 3D Pro.


Until now, multi-user solutions have not offered access to a graphics processing unit (GPU). There have been few choices other than a 1:1 solution (one blade dedicated to a single user), resulting in a higher cost per seat for 3D users.


HP brings users a high-end graphical performance of the blade workstation into the virtual environment with the announcement of WS460 G6 Blade Workstation support for XenServer multi GPU pass-through and Microsoft RemoteFX (RFX) technologies. These new technologies enable the user to get a workstation class performance in a virtual environment with XenServer and HDX 3D Pro.


Using our tested client virtualization reference architectures, we at HP and our partners have introduced new technology that expands the capabilities of standard VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) to deliver full workstation-class performance.





 At Citrix Synergy in Barcelona this week, we will showcase this workstation-class technology as part of Citrix' Designer Virtual Workstation program.  Among the cool demos we’ll show attendees are:

  •  The HP ProLiant WS460c Workstation Blade equipped with hardware accelerated graphics which can support up to eight virtual machines per host with directly attached (1:1) GPU for graphics acceleration. 
  • Support for theoretical maximum of up to 32 virtual machines per GPU with shared (Many :1) GPU for graphics acceleration. 
  • Support for offloading the video rendering and protocol overhead to GPU improving graphical and host CPU performance.


The HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation will also be demoed. If you haven’t seen this 27” All-in-One Workstation with tool-less design that lets you access all its parts easily, you will need to take a look!  Check out this link to eWeek to hear why HP remains number one in the worldwide workstation market.


The HP Z1 is first to market with new the new “CitrixReady HDX Premium” and “HDX 3D Verified” designation. Combined with the HP ProLiant WS460c Workstation Blade, this solution drives the virtual workstation experience to new heights: graphics performance, graphics value and graphics quality.


To learn more about Hardware Accelerated Graphics for VDI Technology Concepts like Shared GPU and Direct Mapped Graphics, take a look at this whitepaper.


We look forward to seeing you at Citrix Synergy, Barcelona!

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