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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

HP Z Workstations Pack a Punch with Future-Proof Features

September 21st, 2017 by Susan Smith

Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, global head Workstations, HP Inc. and Josh Peterson, vice president product management, Workstations, HP Inc. recently presented a webinar on the new HP Desktop Z workstation family.

HP Z8 Workstation with dual HP Z27x Displays (2)

HP’s focus is on looking into the future trends and workflows for customers. Approach as far as design is performance, reliability and intentional design.

Staying true to its goal, HP has totally redesigned its desktop workstation line, with performance, reliability and what they call intentional design. “We are dedicated to getting the workflows of the future to deliver simulations as soon as possible,” says Garcia. The versatility of the products allow the customer to customize to their workflow needs.

Today’s family of workstations require features such as simulations, rendering, visual effects and video editing.

HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 Workstations

Simulations Engineers import data, prepare models, set parameters, and use core counts to process complex algorithms to improve product safety, quality and time-to-market.

Rendering After design and engineering is perfected, high resolution 3D models undergo processor and graphics-intensive rendering in applications from professional providers like Autodesk.

VFX artists use powerful applications like Autodesk Flame to create effects for audiences worldwide and that takes a serious power budget found only in workstations.

Video editing As video editing moves from 4K to 6k to 8k, each increment in pixel rate actually squares, creating massive data sets that require powerful graphics and large amounts of memory to playback in real time.

Three workflows that are important to customers are machine learning, virtual reality and advanced design.

Virtual Reality

HP Announces New HP Z VR Backpack and Mars Home Planet

VR is a place where many developers will create this content. Much like machine learning where you create an environment of high quality content, with a lot of information that has to be added to create to make an immersive high quality environment. VR experience will increase with precision, accuracy, are all factors to consider. In a more traditional market, this is becoming more and more important. They will require the same processes and greater computing power.

In development then put for virtual reality are 3D CAD models that developers build on to make more responsive and engaging. Their deployment in the field is done by trained experts who use the developed content for various purposes such as architecture, retail and other uses.

Machine Learning is another area that HP focuses on. The user will need to take hundreds of thousands of video to teach what it means to scan a product for car identification. It requires huge capacity and graphics power inside the machine in order to perform that process that can take days. Deployment is based on what’s happening in the reality of what is learned.

All those considerations have been taken account with these Z workstations. Development requires millions of hours of traffic video footage are input allowing for car identification. This is deployed by using it in the field, to recognize traffic at extremely high confidence levels to produce flow analysis.

Advanced Design

Computational Design applies computational strategies to the design process to solve problems, work within constraints and solve for efficiency. Workflows converge with engineers and designers engaging in cross functions as innovation accelerates.

High Performing PCs

90% of customers are working with assets that are intellectual property that should be secure. Our world threats are increasing and we are responding by using HP protected technologies, how we protect device, user, and data that is managed inside the workstation.

Peterson says HP workstations include the most powerful HP Z8 G4, and HP Z6 G4, and HP Z4 G4, all with new industrial designs, cooling, and that they are the most secure workstations in the industry.

“Attacks on networks and servers have been eclipsed by attacks on the endpoint, which are more successful,” Peterson says. “HP has dedicated to PC security, incorporated it across entire PC and industry workstation line, multi-level security from OS and below the OS and BIOS or hardware level as well as at application level above OS. These help protect our customers.”

HP is concerned about the risks of customer assets. The loss of data or a customer’s entire computer can result in loss of productivity. To add to this concern, are weak passwords, unauthorized access and the ability for hard drives to divulge personally identifiable information.

HP Sure Start Gen3 6

Protects BIOS it’s enhanced security features including self-healing regular checks.

TPM 2.0

Provides hardware based encryption to secure credentials.

Secure Authentication

Offers up to 4 authentication tools for login which makes the workstations up to 1 M times more secure than single login authentication.

HP Z8 G4

HP is touting this Workstation as “the world’s most powerful” with its 24 memory sots, up to 4 PCIe storage devices without consuming internal I/O sots, and a 1700w power supply.

Other features include

  • Industrial design
  • Aluminum handles
  • Tool-less serviceability with rear PSU access
  • HP SureStart Gen 3
  • 6-Chanel, 2666 MHz memory support
  • Flexible front I/O
  • Dual Intel Xeon scalable processors with support for up to 28 cores per processor
  • 10 SATA 6 bs ports
  • 350k+ hours of reliability testing
  • 700W PSU ultimate expansion

Inspired by the Nautilus design, the workstation has over 70% increase in thermal sensors, designed to move 33% more airflow gen/gen

The unit has a split chassis architecture, easy carry with aluminum handles, redesigned thermal intakes.

HP Z6 G4

This workstation is designed for artists, developers and engineers who are wanting a single processor machine without the cost of dual processor configuration.

The unit also boasts

  • Industrial design
  • Tool-less serviceability
  • HP Sure Start Gen 3
  • 6 channel, 2666 MHz memory support Up to 384GB ECC RAM
  • Flexible front I/O
  • Dual Intel Xeon scalable processors with support for up to 28 cores per processor
  • 6 PCIe slots
  • Dual USB 3.1 Type-C (option)
  • 350k+ hours of reliability testing

HP Z4 G4

This workstation has the same features as the Z6 G4 with these changes:

  • 4 channel, 2666 MHz memory support up to 256GB ECC RAM
  • Dual Intel Xeon scalable processors with support for up to 10 cores per processor
  • 5 PCle slots

High Performance Displays

HP Curved Display


This monitor allows you to view 49 more columns than a standard monitor for better spreadsheet viewing and to use split screens without distracting bezels separating them. Also there is 112% more width for easier video timeline editing with a 4K professional curved display that brings your data closer.

Features include:

  • Curved display, 2300r
  • 3840×1600 4K-side resolution
  • 3-sided micro-edge
  • 10-bit color depth
  • 3-way ergonomics
  • USB-C, DisplayPort, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
  • Direct-mount capabilities
  • Compatibility testing with HP Workstations
  • Flicker-free technology
  • TUV Rheinland certified for low blue light
  • Pixel guarantee

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