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Why HP ZCentral is the Right Solution for Remote Data Scientists

Gain collaboration without compromise

With hybrid work a reality, you probably have employees working both on- and off-site. And while remote solutions like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and cloud may have worked in the past, they throttle the productivity of your data scientists. Can you create an in-office technology experience specifically for these compute-intensive users? In this guide, you’ll learn how the world’s first single-sourced remote workstation solution1 from HP can give you:

up to

33%

higher performance with dedicated remote computing for as little as 59% of the cost of virtualized workstations.2

Compared to cloud, HP remote solutions offer considerably lower TCO and quick, predictable response times. That’s better performance, without compromises—for your data teams or for IT.

37%

of data scientists feel the technology they have makes work more difficult.3

Meet your data scientists’ needs

Compute-intensive data scientists require high-end computing and low-latency connectivity because they’re generating insights and making discoveries that drive your company’s intellectual property. These workers are the ones who need to collaborate worldwide, analyze big data live in the field, and test models whenever inspiration strikes. Tethering these users to their office workstation inhibits the way they naturally operate. 

 

Data scientists want remote access to collect unstructured data, clean it, model it, and quickly pull insights from it so managers can make on-the-fly decisions. They get frustrated with limited space in the site data closet and slow data-upload times. They need remote access to data at the edge source to clean it up and run real-time algorithms, without waiting for batch uploads to the cloud.

 

Additionally, these users, who regularly access massive amounts of sensitive data, prefer to think about the inventive, creative nature of their jobs—not the security of their endpoints. Entrusting terabytes or petabytes of personal information and intellectual property to a VPN or VDI connection isn’t a risk worth taking. By providing data scientists with secure remote access at all times, IT can gain peace of mind and enable data teams to stay productive without worrying about their safety.

Why traditional remote models slow you down

VDI and cloud are the traditional approaches for remote work. But for performance-driven data scientists, these solutions can slow down the workflow. VDI restricts compute power, and cloud provisioning and performance can’t always keep pace with the explosion of data-heavy workloads.

VDI

Workflows often rely on shared corporate storage, large datasets that the entire team works on, or data that needs to stay secure. That drives some companies to use a VDI or virtualized servers that access a virtualized pool of computing resources. But these methods don’t provide undivided access to workstation-class performance and can introduce latency, complexity, and overhead costs.

Cloud

Putting apps and storage in the cloud can be a viable solution for regular office workers, but it presents several challenges for data scientists. Provisioning more space isn’t always an instant process. Overhead expenses grow rapidly with large amounts of data moving to and from the cloud. Location, configuration, and bandwidth constraints can cause unpredictable performance. Lastly, when data leaves your premises, security risks increase.

While traditional VDI, cloud, and remote desktop apps are the typical way for employees to “tunnel in” to the company network, the more users that are connected (as in, many people are working from home at a peak time), the more the performance can deteriorate. Unlike these other remote-access solutions, HP ZCentral is built specifically to support workstation-class GPU-intensive workloads over broadband, which has significantly lower bandwidth than local area connections.

Centralize and accelerate high-end data teams

The HP ZCentral solution moves past the traditional problems with VDI and cloud for industries that need to enable remote data scientists with fast, secure access to data and applications. This centralized stack combines hardware and software in a turnkey solution—empowering your global workforce with remote workstation access that rivals the experience of working locally. It also eases the IT burden with significant cost, security, and manageability advantages.

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Boost performance—over any infrastructure

Even if you’re already running other brands of PC hardware, VMs, or software, you can still get the smooth performance of HP and Teradici remote access by overlaying our software atop your existing infrastructure and remote-access applications—it’s both vendor- and OS-agnostic. Turn any device—including tablets, laptops, and even smartphones—from any manufacturer into a high-performance PC through HP and Teradici remote access software.

Lay the foundation for no-compromise with HP and Teradici remote access software—high-performance PC access from anywhere and any device

With OS-independent software that provides high-fidelity remote workstation connectivity, remote data scientists can access workstation power from their existing client device—as if they were in the office. Users can collaborate in near real time by sharing workstations one-to-many or many-to-one. In addition to a connection that’s solely portioned for task-intensive users, advanced compression and dynamic resizing keep data professionals connected in virtual real time. HP and Teradici remote access software helps performance-hungry users work like they’re local:

1:1 dedicated connection with full CPU and GPU power to handle intense workloads

Collaboration tools built in for sharing and controlling remote sessions with other users

Exceptional image quality with support for 4K or multiple-monitor setups, plus automatic adaptation to the receiver’s resolution

Application-independent—only pixels are sent, not data

Screen sessions are scalable to any size

Support for Windows 10 touch and gestures

Support for specialized client hardware like a 3D-space mouse and financial-trading keyboard

Support for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS across laptops, tablets, and even thin clients

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2020 Engineering Emmy® Award Winner

ZCentral Remote Boost and Teradici CAS has helped the media and entertainment industry transition to a new way of working. By providing remote access to advanced computing, editors, artists, and other creative professionals can now create and collaborate from anywhere.

Bring visibility and control with HP and Teradici remote management7 software—workstation management made easy

Manage connections between remote data teams and your centralized hardware with HP and Teradici remote management software. Data scientists can easily connect to a dedicated workstation or the next available one within a pool of workstations—no technical or system knowledge needed. IT department managers gain remote control of all HP and Teradici remote access workstation connections:

Monitor status with workstation health indicators

Hard power-on or power-off for total system control7

Easily manage all user connections remotely from a single console

Integrated with Microsoft Active Directory for easy user setup

Assign individual machines or share pools of available workstation resources

One-click access for environments running Z by HP Workstations

Complete your solution with racked Z Workstations—secure computer power

Although you can run HP and Teradici remote access software6 and remote management8 software over your existing non-HP infrastructure, your data teams get the optimal experience if you’re connecting to Z by HP Workstations (Z). Even if your user endpoints are not workstation-class PCs, Z lets them harness powerful performance for compute-intensive remote workflows, including graphics-dedicated CPU cores. HP ZCentral 4R Workstations are 1U rack-mountable, so you can co-locate them next to your data storage for fast access to project files—no extra remote hardware or software required.5 And as the most secure workstation,9 Z by HP keeps data highly protected and within the workstation. It’s a simple end-to-end solution for data scientists and the IT teams that support them.

Clearer collaboration over cloud

Even organizations that are dedicated to VDI or cloud-based workstations find that layering HP and Teradici remote access software on top of their existing solutions can dramatically improve performance and end-user experience, as well as make life easier for IT.

Predictable 
cost

Considerably lower TCO compared to cloud workstations, which are better-suited for flex use than long-term use.

Protected
location

Critical data stays inside the company for maximized security.

Licensing-
compliant

Standard ISV licensing and support vs. VDI and cloud.

Outperform VDI

HP ZCentral solutions provide workload and workflow-specific dedicated compute power, plus faster project load times compared to virtualization.3 A centralized computing infrastructure with HP and Teradici remote access software and racked Z workstations can deliver up to:

16‑33%

higher performance3

59–72%

of the cost of server-based virtualization3

Servers are traditionally more expensive than workstations and typically carry additional hardware and software costs.

Equip power users to tackle complex projects from anywhere

HP ZCentral is the world’s first single-sourced remote workstation solution,2 a hardware and software solution that delivers unthrottled, workload-optimized compute power from anywhere, on any device. And high-performance users aren’t the only ones to benefit—IT will love lower costs and a secure, centralized location for workstation management.

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Equip your workforce with highly secure, upgradable tech so they can keep evolving — whether working from home, the office, or everywhere.

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with Intel® Xeon®
and Intel® Core™ i9 processors.

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