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HP brings power into working from home with ZCentral and the ZCentral 4R 1U rack workstation

The HP ZCentral 4R is a 1U workstation that can be stacked in server cabinets to serve work-from-home staff. (Source: HP)
The HP ZCentral 4R is a 1U workstation that can be stacked in server cabinets to serve work-from-home staff. (Source: HP)
Today HP announced the “world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation” in the form of the HP ZCentral 4R. Backing up these claims is the comprehensive range of configuration options. Additionally, HP’s ZCentral Remote Boost and ZCentral Connect allow businesses to take advantage of the computing power currently sitting in unused workstations in the office via the laptops provided for “work from home” purposes on Windows, macOS, or Linux.
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Businesses that want a full end-to-end solution, HP offers the ZCentral 4R as a 1U rack workstation allowing workplaces to build an entire system. If the idea of filling multiple server racks with the ZCentral 4R seems prohibitive, then HP’s Device as a Service (Daas) is an option for leasing equipment.

Processor choices are for seven variants of the Xeon W ranging from the 4-core Xeon W-2223 (3.6/3.9 GHz) through other 4-core (W-2225), 6-core (W-2235), 8-core (W-2245), 10-core (W-2255), and 12-core (W2275) models up to the 18-core Xeon W-2295 (3.0/4.6 GHz).

Graphics options start with the Nvidia Quadro P400, P1000, and P2200, which can be purchased in dual-card configurations. Those who want more powerful single card options can choose the Quadro RTX 4000, RTX 5000, RTX 6000, or RTX 8000 — the latter of which has 48 GB of VRAM. While there are two PCIe x16 slots, one of them is wired as an x8 slot, although this isn’t likely to be an issue with only the less capable Quadro cards being available in dual configuration.

Four DIMM slots allow up to 256 GB of DDR4-2933 ECC RAM. The front of the unit has two 2.5-inch and one 3.5-inch externally accessible drive bays, with the ability to convert the 3.5-inch bay into a dual 2.5-inch bay instead. The motherboard also has two M.2 slots, allowing for a total of six drives allowing for units packed full of fast SSD storage that offload the bulk storage to an external business server. Alternatively, those with the need for large storage capacity within each workstation rack will appreciate the ability to use a few fast SSD drives and then a high-capacity hard drive in the 3.5-inch space.

Among other specifications are front I/O for USB-A and USB-C (premium chassis), and the rear includes more USB-A alongside dual LAN, one of which is 10 Gbps. The ZCentral 4R also supports redundant PSU’s if desired.

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Craig Ward, 2020-09- 1 (Update: 2020-09- 1)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.