ZcentralSource: HP

What you need to know

  • HP announced several subscription options for creators that facilitate collaboration across platforms and distances.
  • Creators will be able to get a joint subscription of Teradici Cloud Access Software and HP ZCentral.
  • HP also collaborated with NVIDIA to allow creators to collaborate across apps in real-time through NVIDIA Omniverse.
  • HP will also release its data science stack software for Linux workflows on the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.

Earlier this year, HP announced an agreement to acquire Teradici, a company that specializes in remote computing. And today, the company stated that creators will be able to get a joint subscription of the Teradici Cloud Access Software (CAS) and HP ZCentral. HP also highlighted a collaboration with NVIDIA that will allow Z workstations, Teradici CAS, and NVIDIA Omniverse to work together. HP calls today's announcements the first steps to provide an ultimate hybrid work solution for power users.

The joint subscription that includes ZCentral Software and Teradici CAS aims to provide a remote work solution that lets creators work from anywhere. Teradici CAS lets workers securely access the cloud and virtual machines, and ZCentral Remote Boost provides access to localized workstation performance.

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Media.Monks features in a case study for the combined subscription. Lewis Smithingham, the company's creative solutions director, said, "Teradici is essentially an infinitely long HDMI cable that can connect our teams directly to purpose-built computing."

ZCentral Remote Boost is a bit like Xbox Cloud Gaming, except for work. People can access computing power from remote clients, including Windows PCs, Chromebooks, and other devices.

A one-year subscription that includes Teradici CAS and ZCentral software will cost $240 and should be available by the end of 2021.

NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise and Teradici CAS working with Z workstations allows creators to collaborate remotely in real-time across apps. For example, a team could have one member work in Unreal Engine from one city while another team member makes edits in Autodesk Revit from another country. These workflows would mesh in real-time. HP explains that this allows creative teams to work away from the assembly mine model of handing tasks off after completion.

To give creative professionals a chance to try out these solutions, HP announced a promotional offer. Anyone that purchases a qualifying Z by HP workstation will receive 50 Teradici CAS licenses, two NVIDIA Omniverse Creator licenses, four NVIDIA Omniverse Nucleus Licenses, and 10 NVIDIA Omniverse Reviewer licenses. Combined, these licenses are worth over $5,000.

HP also highlighted how WSL 2 comes preinstalled on select Z by HP workstations. This allows people to launch a Linux environment without having to reboot a device or run a virtual machine. It also makes it possible to use Windows productivity tools alongside GPU-enabled Linux development workflows.

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