Server-Hosted Workstations Made Easy with Citrix and Intel

Executive Summary

Server-hosted workstations for detailed and final design engineers traditionally are defined by virtualizing expensive multi-socket, high-core-count servers and their costly discrete GPU cards. Until now, large virtualized solutions were among the limited options for IT. Partitioning these large systems could easily lead to an under-powered virtual machine (VM) for the des...ign tasks at hand or to over-provisioned VMs that waste expensive resources for the work to be done. Today, using high-density, low-cost servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 product family with Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics, companies have more choices for high-performance, flexible server-hosted workstation solutions with professional- level graphics that meet the demands of detailed and final design engineers at low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Powered by the latest Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 product family with Intel Iris Pro Graphics, each high-density, modular server delivers four physical cores and dedicated, powerful, professional- and workstation-quality graphics performance for the user, hosted in a high-density platform (such as the Citrix WorkspacePod*). These platforms support native instancing with dedicated remote access via Citrix XenDesktop* and HDX* 3D Pro, or shared access through Citrix XenApp*. Using Citrix Receiver* remote graphics client, engineers can access their rich graphics applications anytime, anywhere from any mobile device to support mobilized workflows. When virtualized, these servers can provide dedicated or shared GPU resources to support virtual desktops for office and content creation or PLM usages, making them extremely flexible for a wide range of IT’s hosted workloads.

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