HP Claims New Entry Workstations Are 'World’s Most Powerful'

Today’s topics include HP unveiling its powerful Z Workstation lineup, and Google going public with a new “Grab and Go” Chromebook loaner program.

HP on July 18 introduced its HP Z Workstation lineup, what it calls “the world’s most powerful entry workstations,” which include the HP Z2 Mini, HP Z2 Small Form Factor, HP Z2 Tower and HP EliteDesk 800 Workstation Edition.

The workstations are designed to improve productivity of professional workflows with speed, no loss of graphics power, expandability and hardware-based security. They feature built-in end-to-end HP security services, which provide protection from evolving malware threats with a self-healing BIOS and unique HP endpoint security controller.

They also feature high-end protection from hardware-enforced security solutions, such as HP Sure Start Gen4 and HP Sure Run, which help keep critical processes running even if malware tries to stop them.

Google has launched a new effort to help enterprises implement a program that quickly loans Chromebooks to employees in case their primary device stops working or isn't immediately available. The program is modeled on Google’s internally used “Grab and Go” program, which more than 30,000 employees have used to borrow 100,000 systems in just over a year, saving the company a bundle in employee productivity time.

Buoyed by that success, Google will offer a turnkey service that enterprises can use to deploy Grab and Go programs within their own environments, according to IT operations manager Russ White.

"With this early access program, IT admins will have … an open-source app for inventory management, a Chrome OS companion app that greets users upon sign-in, and a full deployment guide,” White said.