HP has extended its range of engineering workstations with the Z1, an all-in-one design with an integrated 27in IPS monitor.
Unlike rivals such as the Apple iMac, HP’s all-in-one is a high-end workstation which can be configured with 32GB of RAM and 3.2TB of enterprise storage, which can be upgraded by users.
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The workstation offers a choice of graphics capabilities, from integrated Intel HD Graphics P3000 to Nvidia FirePro V3800 and Nvidia Quadro 4000 discrete graphics cards.
Jim Zafarana, general manager of the commercial solutions business unit at HP, said HP workstations were being used across industry sectors for design, analysis, animation, graphics design, software development, computer-aided design and in the equities market.
“If your job is to make money for your firm, you need a workstation,” he said.
Workstations have traditionally been deployed for applications that require high levels of performance. With growing interest in computational grids and cloud computing, HP still sees a need for high-end desktop computational horsepower, according to Zafarana. “The workstation provides extreme interactivity. Applications from Adobe and AutoCAD perform best when run locally,” he said.
“A fundamental challenge is that bigger problems need faster processing,” said Zafarana. At the same time, he said, the workplace is changing such that engineers no longer have the luxury of large desk spaces. This is the niche HP hopes to address with the Z1’s all-in-one design.