Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Servers
Boost virtual desktop and Windows 10
performance with GPU acceleration

Windows 10 VDI Server

Virtual Desktop Server

Windows 10 requires more graphics consumption than Windows 7 due to the rise in graphics acceleration for everyday programs. As a result virtual GPU accelerators are a best practice requirement to offload virtual desktop server CPUs and improve the user experience.

Amulet Hotkey CoreStation virtual desktop solutions combine enterprise-class servers with virtual GPU accelerators from NVIDIA and AMD to deliver high-density, data center optimized solutions to simplify the transition to Windows 10. In addition, virtual GPUs help address the growing demand for graphics accelerated virtualization of everyday programs like Windows 10, Office 365, Youtube and more for an exceptional virtual desktop experience.

NEW! CoreStation VFC640 for PowerEdge FX2 with NVIDIA GPU Accelerators
CoreStation VFC640 CoreStation VM640 CoreStation VR740
Platform Based on
PowerEdge FC640
Blade based on PowerEdge M640 Rack based on
PowerEdge R740
Processors Intel Xeon Scalable processors Intel Xeon Scalable processors Intel Xeon Scalable processors
GPU NVIDIA Tesla GRID NVIDIA Tesla GRID
AMD FirePro MxGPU
NVIDIA Tesla GRID
AMD FirePro MxGPU
Max GPU 2x GPUs per blade 1x GPU per blade Up to 3x 300W GPUs

Jump to previous generation Virtual Desktop Blade Servers

CoreStation Virtual Desktop Servers Key Features and Benefits
  • Virtual GPU accelerators offload server CPUs

    Virtual GPU accelerators such as NVIDIA Tesla vGPU and AMD MxGPU provide a hardware GPU that can be virtualized to support multiple users simultaneously. This offloads the virtual desktop server CPUs from tasks such as display rendering and remote display protocol encoding.

    Display and graphics rendering
    Display rendering is a compute intensive function that GPUs were designed to handle quickly and efficiently. Virtual GPUs allow multiple user displays to be rendered using a single physical GPU card to offload the server CPU and improve the user experience.

    Remote display protocol encoding for H.264-based protocols
    Remote display protocols such as VMware Blast and Citrix HDX can take advantage of H.264 encoders in virtual GPUs to accelerate remote display encoding to reduce the server CPU load and improve the user experience.

  • Improve virtual desktop user experience

    There is a growing demand for graphics acceleration of everyday programs like Windows 10, Office 365, Youtube and more. Virtual GPUs were designed to handle computationally intensive functions like display rendering and H.264-based remote display protocol encoding. Using virtualized hardware for these tasks improves the user experience while freeing up CPU resources for other virtual desktop tasks.

  • Blade vs Rack Servers for Virtual Desktops?

    The CoreStation VFC640 GPU accelerated blade server provides the highest density for virtual desktops due to support for up to 8x virtual GPUs in 2U. In addition, Amulet Hotkey GPU accelerator solutions provide an effective option to extend the return on investment for existing FX2 and M-series blade infrastructure.

    Note: Windows 10 best practices require a minimum of 1GB vRAM per virtual desktop.

    Virtual Desktop Blade Server Virtual Desktop Rack Server

    • Highest density for GPU accelerated virtual desktops
    • Supports up to 2x GPUs per server. Options for up to 4x GPUs per server.
    • Up to 128 GPU accelerated Windows 10 virtual desktops in 2U
    • Provides an effective option to extend ROI on existing blade infrastructure.
    • Blade enclosures consolidate networking, storage, management and redundant power supplies
    • High density for GPU accelerated virtual desktops.
    • Supports up to 3x GPUs per server.
    • Up to 96 GPU accelerated Windows10 virtual desktops in 2U
  • Virtual Desktop Server scalability and performance

    Powerful Single or Dual CPUs
    With support for the latest dual Intel® Xeon™ Scalable processors, multiple GPU accelerators and large memory and storage capacity, the CoreStation solutions provide exceptional performance and scalability to handle more users and tough workloads.

    CoreStation VFC640 blades provide best-in-class processor and GPU acceleration density with up to 224 CPU cores and 128GB vRAM in a 2U FX2s enclosure.

  • Flexible, efficient and agile architecture

    Leverage the management and agility of virtual desktops. Virtual GPUs provide multiuser hardware acceleration to enable virtualization of desktops and applications that were previously limited by software display rendering in VDI.

    Share hardware resources across multiple users and quickly adapt to changing organization or workload requirements. Mix and match CoreStation Blade and Rack solutions to provide remote workstation, virtual workstation, virtual desktop, and high performance computing with GPU acceleration as needed for your environment.

  • Enhance Security

    Send display pixels not user/application data
    Protect corporate or government information by moving desktops into a data center. Use virtual desktop solutions such as VMware Horizon to keep sensitive information within the data center and only sends encrypted display pixels to client endpoints.

    Secure zero client endpoints including certified models
    Amulet Hotkey zero clients, help further enhance security by providing a secure and stateless client endpoint with no X86 processor, no hard drive, no local storage, no local GPU or drivers to reduce the endpoint attack surface. In addition, Amulet Hotkey DXZ clients are the only zero clients that are certified as secure by the UK Government and NATO. Read more on CPA Certification.

 

CoreStation VFC640 Virtual Workstation Blade – NEW!

The Amulet Hotkey Graphics Blade Server is based on the enterprise class Dell 14th generation PowerEdge FC640 blade server using Intel Xeon Scalable processors combined with NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerator cards. The result is a high density virtual workstation solution that offloads up to 32 users to provide an improved and more consistent user experience.

Technical Specifications

Product Notices:

Resources:

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Form factor: Half height blade for Dell PowerEdge® FX2s enclosure
Up to 4 VFC640 blades per 2U enclosure.
Processors: One or two Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
Cache: Up to 38.5MB L3 cache
Cores: Up to 56 per blade server CPU (112 threads with Hyper-Threading)
Memory: Up to 2TB ECC Registered DDR4 (16 DIMM slots): RDIMM/LRDIMM speeds up to 2666MT/s
Chipset: Intel® C620 series
Drive bays: Front: Up to 2 x 2.5” hot-swappable SAS/SATA HDD, SSD, or PCIe NVMe, max 12.8TB
Storage controllers: Internal: Software RAID S140, PERC H330, PERC H730P
Internal Dual SD Module(IDSDM) or 2x M.2 SSDs, 120GB, 240GB Boot Optimized Storage System
Network: 4x 10GE, 2x 10GE, and 4x 1GE network daughter card options
External networking provided by FX2s enclosure IO modules
Expansion slots: Support for GPUs and a low-profile card per VFC640 blade using the Amulet Hotkey DXF-EXP expansion module.
Expansion module: Amulet Hotkey DXF-EXP-V series module supports four PCIe Gen 3 x8 slots for DXF-G GPU cards and low-profile cards (notes). Each DXF-EXP-V module supports up to two CoreStation VFC640 blades in the FX2s chassis.

Up to two DXF-EXP modules can fit in a PowerEdge FX2s chassis.

Graphics and GPU Accelerators : GPU options for the DXF-EXP-V module (up to two per CoreStation VFC640 blade):
DXF-G-P6 – NVIDIA Tesla P6 virtual GPU accelerator card
Supports NVIDIA GRID vPC/vAPP software, up to 16 users per card
16GB GDDR5 memory
Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+/Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp
Network expansion: IO card options for DXF-EXP-V module when using a single GPU per VFC640 blade.

  • DXF-X710 Intel X710 (2x 10GbE)
  • DXF-QME2692 Qlogic QME2692 (2x 16Gbps Fiber Channel)

Contact us if the IO card you want is not listed.

Security: TPM 1.2/2.0 option, Cryptographically signed firmware, Hardware Root of Trust, Secure Boot, System Lockdown, System Erase
Embedded /
at-server management:
Chassis Management Controller (CMC), IPMI 2.0 compliant,
iDRAC9 with Lifecycle Controller, iDRAC Direct, REST API with Redfish and local server KVM access. OpenManage Essentials or Enterprise
Supported operating systems:
  • VMware® ESXi
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
Connection options:
(notes)
Connection Broker options:

  • VMware Horizon
  • Leostream
  • Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp
Client compatibility: VMware Horizon

  • Amulet Hotkey Zero Clients (hardware performance)
  • VMware Horizon Client

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp

  • Citrix Receiver
Power/cooling: Supplied by the Dell EMC FX2s enclosure

 

CoreStation VM640 VDI Blade Server

The Amulet Hotkey CoreStation VM640 VDI Blade Server is based on the enterprise class Dell 14th generation PowerEdge M640 blade server using Intel Xeon Scalable processors combined with a virtual GPU using NVIDIA Tesla vGPU or AMD FirePro MxGPU mezzanine card. The result is a high density virtual workstation solution that offloads up to 16 users to provide an improved and more consistent user experience.

Technical Specifications

Product Notices:

Resources:

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Form factor: Half height blade for Dell PowerEdge® M1000e enclosure
Up to 16 VM640 blades per 10U enclosure.
Processors: One or two Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors
Single CPU up to 205W, dual CPU up to 165W each.
Cache: Up to 38.5MB L3 cache
Cores: Up to 56 per blade server CPU (112 threads with Hyper-Threading)
Memory: Up to 2TB ECC Registered DDR4 (16 DIMM slots): RDIMM/LRDIMM speeds up to 2666MT/s
Chipset: Intel® C620 series
Drive bays: Front: Up to 2 x 2.5” hot-swappable SAS/SATA HDD, SSD, or PCIe NVMe, max 12.8TB
Storage controllers: Internal: Software RAID S140, PERC H330, PERC H730P
Internal Dual SD Module(IDSDM) or 2x M.2 SSDs, 120GB, 240GB Boot Optimized Storage System
Network: 4x 10GE, 2x 10GE, and 4x 1GE network daughter card options (Fabric A)
External networking provided by the M1000e enclosure IO modules
Expansion slots: Two slots, Fabric B and Fabric C, with options for single-slot and dual-slot mezzanine cards for graphics accelerator, storage and networking cards.
Graphics and GPU Accelerators : Amulet Hotkey dual slot DXG virtual GPU including:
DXG-P6 – NVIDIA Tesla P6 virtual GPU accelerator
Supports NVIDIA GRID vPC/vAPP software with up to 16 users. (notes)
16GB GDDR5 memory
Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0/Horizon Desktops
  • Citrix XenServer/XenDesktop/XenApp
DXG-S7100X – AMD FirePro S7100X virtual GPU accelerator
Supports AMD Radeon Pro software with up to 16 users (no software license fees required)
8GB GDDR5 memory
Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0
  • Citrix XenServer
Network expansion: Secondary IO card options (one per blade)

  • Qlogic QME2572 8Gbps (Fibre Channel)
  • Custom Qlogic QME2662 16Gbps (Fibre Channel) (notes)
  • Custom Mellanox ConnectX-3 (10GbE) (notes)
  • Custom Mellanox ConnectX FDR10 (40G Infiniband/10GbE) (notes)
  • Custom Intel X520 (10GbE) (notes)
  • Custom Broadcom/Qlogic 57810 (10GbE) (notes)

* Custom IO cards are available from Amulet Hotkey. Contact us for details or if your IO card is not listed.

Security: TPM 1.2/2.0 option, Cryptographically signed firmware, Hardware Root of Trust, Secure Boot, System Lockdown, System Erase
Embedded /
at-server management:
Chassis Management Controller (CMC), IPMI 2.0 compliant,
iDRAC9 Express or Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller, Redfish compliant, at-server LCD screen and local server KVM access.
Connection options:
(notes)
Connection Broker options:

  • VMware Horizon
  • Leostream
  • Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp
Client compatibility: VMware Horizon

  • Amulet Hotkey Zero Clients (hardware performance)
  • VMware Horizon Client

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp

  • Citrix Receiver
Power/cooling: Supplied by the Dell M1000e enclosure

 

CoreStation R740 VDI Rack Server

The Amulet Hotkey CoreStation VR740 VDI Rack Server is based on the enterprise class Dell 14th generation PowerEdge R740 blade server using Intel Xeon Scalable processors combined with virtual GPUs using NVIDIA Tesla vGPU or AMD FirePro MxGPU cards. The result is a high density virtual desktop solution that offloads up to 96 users to provide an improved user experience.

Technical Specifications

Form factor: 2U rack enclosure
Processors: One or two Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors up to 28 cores per processor
Memory: Up to 3TB ECC Registered DDR4 (24 DIMM slots): RDIMM/LRDIMM speeds up to 2666MT/s. Up to 12 NVDIMM, up to 192GB
Storage: Up to 16 x 2.5” SAS/SATA (HDD/SSD) up to 61TB; or up to 8 x 3.5” SAS/SATA HDD up to 80TB. Optional DVD-ROM, DVD+RW
Storage controller: Internal controllers: PERC H330, H730p, H740p, HBA330, Software RAID (SWRAID) S140
Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem: HWRAID 2 x M.2 SSDs 120GB, 240 GB
External PERC (RAID): H840
External HBAs (non-RAID): 12 Gbps SAS HBA
Virtual Storage: VMware vSAN or other hyperconvergence solution
Network: 4x 1Gbit/s, 2x 1Gbit/s + 2x 10Gbit/s, 4x 10Gbit/s, 2x25Gbit/s network daughter card options
IO Ports: Front ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1x micro-USB2.0 for IDRAC
Internal: 1x USB 3.0
Rear ports: Video, serial, 2 x USB 3.0, 1xRJ45 network port for iDRAC
Expansion Riser options with up to eight PCIe Gen 3 slots, maximum of 4 x 16 slots
Graphics: Up to three GPUs up to 300W each; or up to six GPUs up to 150W each.

NVIDIA Telsa P40 virtual GPU accelerator card
Supports NVIDIA GRID vPC/vAPP software with up to 24 users per card (notes)
24GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+/Horizon

Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+/Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp

NVIDIA Telsa M10 virtual GPU accelerator card
Supports NVIDIA GRID vPC/vAPP software with up to 32 users per card (notes)
32GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+/Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp

AMD FirePro S7150x2 MxGPU card

Supports AMD Radeon Pro software with up to 32 users
16GB GDDR5 memoryHypervisor/VDI

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+/Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer/ XenDesktop/XenApp
Connection options:
(notes)
Connection Broker options:

  • VMware Horizon
  • Leostream
  • Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp
Client compatibility: VMware Horizon

  • Amulet Hotkey  Zero Clients (hardware performance)
  • VMware Horizon Client

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp

  • Citrix Receiver
Embedded /
at-server management:
Chassis Management Controller (CMC), IPMI 2.0 compliant,
iDRAC9 Express or Enterprise with Lifecycle Controller, Redfish compliant, at-server LCD screen and local server KVM access.
Size (WxHxD): 434 x 86.8 x 715.5mm (17.1 x 3.4 x 28.2 in)

 

Previous Generation Virtual Desktop Servers

 

CoreStation VM630 VDI Blade Server

The Amulet Hotkey CoreStation VM630 virtual desktop blade server is based on the enterprise-class Dell EMC PowerEdge M630 blade server using dual Intel Xeon E5 processors combined with virtual GPUs using NVIDIA Tesla vGPU or AMD FirePro MxGPU mezzanine card to offload the server CPU from display rendering and remote display protocol encoding tasks. The result is a high density virtual desktop and Windows 10 solution that offloads up to 8 users per blade to provide an improved user experience.

Technical Specifications

Product Notices:

Resources:

Keep me up to date!

Datasheet Quick Start Guide Manuals + Firmware & BIOS Software & Drivers Compliance

Form factor: Half height blade for Dell PowerEdge® M1000e enclosure
Up to 16 Dell PowerEdge M630 blades per 10U enclosure
Processors: One or two Intel® Xeon™ E5 2600 (v4)
Cache: up to 55MB L3 cache
Cores: up to 44 per rack server CPU (88 threads with Hyper-Threading)
Memory: Up to 1.5TB (24 DIMM slots): 4GB to 64GB DDR4 up to 2400MT/s
Chipset: Intel® C610 series
Storage: Hot-plug hard drive options: PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSD, SATA HDD/SSD, or SAS HDD/SSD
4 x 1.8” SSD or 2 x 2.5” PCIe SSD
Virtual Storage: VMware vSAN or other hyperconvergence solution
RAID controller: PERC S310 (SW RAID), PERC H330, PERC H730, PERC H730P
Graphics: Dual slot virtual GPU mezzanine card

DXG-P6 – NVIDIA Tesla P6 virtual GPU accelerator

Supports NVIDIA GRID software with up to 16 users (notes)

16GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+ / Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp

DXG-M6 – NVIDIA Tesla M6 virtual GPU accelerator

Supports NVIDIA GRID 2.0 software with up to 8x users (notes)

8GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+ / Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp

DXG-S7100X AMD FirePro S7100X MxGPU

Supports AMD Radeon Pro software with up to 16 users (no software license fees required)

8GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor/VDI

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+ / Horizon
Secondary I/O NIC:
  • Qlogic QME2572 8Gbps (Fibre Channel)
  • Custom Qlogic QME2662 16Gbps (Fibre Channel) (notes)
  • Custom Mellanox ConnectX 3 (10GbE) (notes)
  • Custom Mellanox ConnectX FRD10 (40Gbps Infiniband) (notes)
  • Custom Intel X520 (10GbE) (notes)
  • Custom Broadcom/Qlogic 57810 (10GbE) (notes)

Contact us if your NIC card is not listed.

Network: Provided by M1000e I/O module
Connection options:
(notes)
Connection Broker options:

  • VMware Horizon
  • Leostream
  • Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp
Client compatibility: VMware Horizon

  • Amulet Hotkey  PCoIP Zero Clients (hardware performance)
  • VMware Horizon Client

Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp

  • Citrix Receiver
Remote management: iDRAC8 Express or Enterprise
Power and cooling: Supplied by the Dell M1000e enclosure