HPE Edgeline BIM/Engineering Workstation – Overview
The new offerings have new enhanced GPU capability with the HPE Proliant m750 and providing a dedicated GPU from NVIDIA more specific the NVIDIA P1000 or NVIDIA T4. The solution requires no hypervisors and lowers complexity while enabling the mobility of users and enhancing user experience. This solution is designed to meet the requirements of power users such as designers, architects and visualizers that require high performance with reduced physical footprint, and targeted towards 1-499 users.
Challenges with CAD workstations today
- Engineers are chained to desk
- Not flexible with getting compute as they need
- No scalable solution
- Data requires to be copy down from network locations and can take long time
- Data requires to be modified quickly and takes long time with synchronising−Engineers can’t work on any device
Transforming high end workspace to current working style
Benefits of replacing physically BIM workstations with HPE remote workstations.
- Move physically workstation to a central location and unchain engineers for their desk
- Work from Home−Centralizing compute
- Benefit of a scalable GPU solution
- Benefit from central datacenter performance accessing the CAD/BIM files
- IT Security and IP Protection
- Providing mobility to work from any device such as tablet
- Providing engineers/designers a great dedicated and guaranteed user experience
Expanding the bare metal VDI family
HPE now have 3 hardware solutions and its 3 different form factors.
- HPE Moonshot 1500
- HPE Edgeline EL4000
- HPE Edgeline EL8000 / EL8000t
HPE now supports Citrix CVAD on all Moonshot/Edgeline solutions with bare metal but also running virtualised with Citrix Hypervisor & Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop.
Citrix supporting Bare Metal
Citrix has been supporting bare metal setup for a while actually let’s dig into the facts.
- Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (XenDesktop) has been supporting Bare metal since 2009 when HDX 3D Pro got available, which is 11 years. The technology was made in 2006 but first GA with deep compression codec in 2009.
HPE Edgeline and Citrix Cloud Architecture
Let’s dig in to the architecture.
HPE Edgeline and Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps & Desktops show in the below picture you can use Citrix cloud, but it’s also fully supported with onprem Citrix CVAD infrastructure if you have a requirement for that. You can use a thin client from HP T740 which is the best hardware thin client on the market that also can decode multiple 4K monitors without any user experience gets impacted. The great thing about below archictecture is you can have 4 physical workstation’s in 1U centralised in your datacenter or edge location without compromising user experience with virtualising. The power of bare metal is you get exactly what the hardware can deliver. Now that said, if you wanna virtualise below hardware, you can do that with no issues and it is fully supported as well.