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

Windows 10 VDI Server

Virtual Desktop Server

Migrating to Windows 10 results in increased server loading for common office applications and multimedia. 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.

CoreStationVM640 CoreStation VM630 CoreStation VR740
Platform Blade based on PowerEdge M640 Blade based on PowerEdge M630 Rack based on PowerEdge R740
Processors Intel Xeon Scalable processors Intel Xeon E5-2600 Intel Xeon Scalable processors
Graphics 1x MXM up to 100W
NVIDIA Tesla GRID
AMD FirePro MxGPU
1x MXM up to 100W
NVIDIA Tesla GRID
AMD FirePro MxGPU
Up to 3x 300W GPUs or 6x 100W GPUs
NVIDIA Tesla GRID
AMD FirePro MxGPU
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?

    Rack servers provide the highest density for virtual desktops due to support for multiple virtual GPUs. Amulet Hotkey virtual GPU mezzanine cards provide an effective option to extend the return on investment for existing blade infrastructure.

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

    Virtual Desktop Rack Server Virtual Desktop Blade Server
    • Provides the highest density for virtual desktops due to support for multiple virtual GPUs per server.
    • Supports up to 3x dual-slot virtual GPUs per server.
    • UP to 480 GPU accelerated Windows10 virtual desktops in 10U
    • Provides an effective option to extend ROI on existing blade infrastructure.
    • Support for a single virtual GPU per server.
    • Up to 256 GPU accelerated Windows 10 virtual desktops in 10U
    • Blade enclosures consolidate networking, storage, management and redundant power supplies
  • Virtual Desktop Server scalability and performance

    Powerful Single or Dual CPUs
    With support for the latest dual Intel® Xeon™ Scalable processors, the CoreStation solutions such as the CoreStation VR740 offer dual sockets with up to 56 processing cores per CPU, up to 3TB of RAM and local or SAN / network storage to handle more users and workloads.

    Supports virtual GPUs for graphics acceleration
    Each CoreStation virtual desktop server supports virtual GPUs, such as AMD FirePro MxGPU with Radeon Pro software or NVIDIA Tesla with NVIDIA GRID vPC / vAPP software to boost the number of users supported per server while delivering an improved user experience.

  • 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.

 

Technical Specifications: CoreStation VM640 VDI Blade Server – NEW!

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.

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 adapter options (Fabric A)
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
  • 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

 

Technical Specifications: 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.

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-M6 – NVIDIA Tesla M6 virtual GPU accelerator
Supports NVIDIA GRID 2.0 software with up to 16 users (notes)
8GB GDDR5 memoryHypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0/Horizon Desktops
  • 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 Desktops
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
  • 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

 

Technical Specifications: 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 workstation solution that offloads up to 96 users to provide an improved user experience.

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
USB Front ports: Video, 2 x USB 2.0, available USB 3.0, dedicated IDRAC Direct Micro-USB
Rear ports: Video, serial, 2 x USB 3.0, dedicated iDRAC network port
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 M10 virtual GPU accelerator, NVIDIA GRID vPC / vAPP software
Supports NVIDIA GRID vPC/vAPP software with up to 32 users per card (notes)
32GB GDDR5 memoryHypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0/Horizon Desktops
  • Citrix XenServer / XenDesktop / XenApp
AMD FirePro S7150x2 MxGPU
Supports AMD Radeon Pro software with up to 32 users
16GB GDDR5 memoryHypervisor/VDI

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

  • VMware Horizon
  • 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)

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