Desktops and Notebooks: HP Z Workstations Help Revamp Company's Personal Systems Group

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-08 Print this article Print
Z420 Workstation

Z420 Workstation

Featuring dual HP ZR2440w displays with Autodesk Inventor up and running. HP Z workstations are used to design everything from running shoes and race cars to animated characters and deep-sea submersibles, as well as to manage research labs, mission-critical IT environments and billions of dollars of tradable securities.
Only six months ago, Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group, based in Houston (formerly Compaq) and Palo Alto, Calif., was about to pack its bags and say goodbye after then-CEO Leo Apotheker revealed that the company planned to get out of the PC business. New CEO Meg Whitman corrected that course of action several weeks after she replaced Apotheker, and HP kept cranking away at designing and building consumer and enterprise products. The company on March 6 came out with a series of new high-end enterprise workstations that feature multicore processors and lower power consumption. HP offered a sneak peek at these last month at its global partners conference in Las Vegas. The new HP Z workstations run on eight-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors—which were launched by Intel, also on March 6—offer up to 512GB of DDR3 memory and support multithreaded workstation applications. Here is a slide show of images with some relevant specs mixed in.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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