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Virtual Blade Workstation

When you are looking to get the security and flexibility of centralized workstations with the manageability of a virtualized architecture, the Amulet Hotkey CoreStation Virtual Blade Workstation provides high-density and high-performance graphics and compute acceleration for enterprise virtual workstations.  CoreStation Virtual Blade Workstations are based on enterprise class Dell EMC PowerEdge blade servers combined with Amulet Hotkey virtual GPU cards using NVIDIA and AMD virtual GPUs. The result is a Virtual Blade Workstation blade that users can access locally, from any meeting room, from home, across the country or continent-to-continent.

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CoreStation VFC640 CoreStation VM640
Platform Based on PowerEdge FC640 Based on PowerEdge M640
Processors Intel Xeon Scalable processors Intel Xeon Scalable processors
GPU NVIDIA Tesla vGPU NVIDIA Tesla vGPU
AMD FirePro MxGPU
Max GPUs 2x GPUs per blade 1x GPU per blade

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CoreStation Virtual Blade Workstation Key Features and Benefits
  • CoreStation FX2 or M-series Platform

    Amulet Hotkey provide virtual blade workstation solutions for PowerEdge FX2 and PowerEdge M1000e platforms to give you the flexibility to make the right choice for your deployment and environment.

    CoreStation blades for FX2s chassis CoreStation blades for M1000e chassis
    • Highest density with up to 4 dual socket servers in 2U.
    • Best in class GPU acceleration density with up to 128GB vRAM in 2U.
    • Support for multiple GPUs per blade.
    • Deployment flexibility by fitting into industry standard 2U rackmount form factor.
    • High efficiency by sharing networking, power and cooling across blades in the FX2s chassis.
    • High density with up to 16 dual socket servers in 10U.
    • High GPU acceleration density with up to 256GB vRAM in 10U.
    • Support for one GPU per blade.
    • Highest efficiency for large deployments by sharing networking, power and cooling across more blades.
  • Blades Provide Highest Density for Virtual Workstations

    Virtual Workstation Blades provide the highest density for virtual workstations due to optimal matching of physical CPU cores on the blade server with the virtual GPU multiuser capability. Blade virtual workstations deliver more than 3x the density of similar rack servers with up to 1024 GPU accelerated virtual workstations in a 42U rack.

    While multiple virtual GPUs can be added to the CoreStation VFC640 virtual blade workstation and the CoreStation VR740 virtual rack workstation the combination of single-threaded applications and a limit of dual CPUs can result in an imbalance of CPU to GPU resources. Contact us to discuss your deployment requirements.

    Virtual Blade Workstation Virtual Rack Workstation
    • Highest density for virtual workstations.
    • Multi-GPU support with optimal matching of CPU physical cores with the virtual GPU multi-user capability.
    • Up to 4 dual socket servers in 2U.
    • Fits well where up to 16GB video memory is required for the virtual workstations.
    • Blade enclosures consolidate networking, storage, management and redundant power supplies.
    • Moderate density for virtual workstations.
    • Multi-GPU support, but may not be able to utilize the GPU capacity due limited CPU resources that result from demanding workstation applications.
    • 1 dual socket server in 2U.
    • Fits well where more than 16GB of video memory is required for each virtual workstation.
  • Workstation power and performance

    Powerful Single or Dual CPUs
    With support for the latest dual Intel® Xeon™ Scalable processors, the CoreStation Virtual Blade Workstations such as the CoreStation VFC640 and CoreStation VM640 offer up to 56 processing cores per CPU, up to 2TB of RAM and local or SAN / network storage to handle your tough workloads and large datasets.

    Supports Virtual GPUs for graphics and compute acceleration
    Each blade incorporates a virtual GPU, such as AMD FirePro MxGPU or NVIDIA Tesla with CUDA or OpenCL, to boost multiuser display performance and accelerate compute, rendering, simulation, modelling, analytics or deep learning workloads.

  • Flexible, efficient and agile architecture

    Leverage the management and agility of virtual desktops for your workstation users. Virtual GPUs provide multiuser hardware acceleration to enable virtualization of workstations 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.

  • Enhance Security

    Send display pixels not user/application data
    Protect corporate or government information by moving workstations into a data center. Use virtual workstation 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.

  • Ultra-wide Display Experience

    Transition quad+ display configurations to simple, standard dual ultra-wide curved screens to save desk space while providing a highly productive workspace for users. For example, use Amulet Hotkey DXZ4 zero clients with Dell EMC ultra-wide 3440×1440 curved displays.

  • Performance Remote Access for Mobility and Flexible Workstyles

    Mobile workstation options must trade-off memory/storage capacity, performance, battery life and even device weight. Virtualized workstations enable flexible and mobile workstyles without compromising on workstation capability and performance. Mobile devices such as laptops and tables simply need to decode the remote display protocol which enables use of smaller, lower cost devices with longer battery life.

Technical Specifications: CoreStation VFC640 Virtual Workstation Blade – NEW!

The Amulet Hotkey Graphics Blade Server is based on the enterprise class Dell EMC 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.

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. 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
Supports NVIDIA Quadro vDWS software with up to 16 users (notes)
16GB GDDR5 memory
Hypervisor:

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

DXF-G-M2200 – NVIDIA Quadro M2200 GPU accelerator
Supports one user per GPU using vDGA (notes)
4GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor:

  • VMware vSphere 6.0+/Horizon
  • Citrix XenServer
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-X540 Intel X520 (2x 10GbE)
  • DXF-57810S Qlogic 57810 (2x 10GbE)
  • DXF-QLE2562 Qlogic QME2562 (2x 8Gbps Fiber Channel)
  • DXF- Qlogic QME2662 (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 Express or Enterprise
Supported operating systems:
  • VMware® ESXi
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
  • Canonical® Ubuntu® LTS
  • RedHat® Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE® Linus Enterprise Server
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

 

Technical Specifications: CoreStation VM640 Virtual Workstation Blade – NEW!

The Amulet Hotkey Graphics 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
Virtual Storage: VMware Virtual SAN
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 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 Quadro vDWS 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 NIC options for Ethernet, Fibre Channel and Infiniband.

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

* Custom NICs are available from Amulet Hotkey. Contact us for details.

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.
Supported operating systems:
  • VMware® ESXi
  • Citrix® XenServer®
  • Microsoft Windows Server® with Hyper-V
  • Canonical® Ubuntu® LTS
  • RedHat® Enterprise Linux
  • SUSE® Linux Enterprise Server
Connection options:
(notes)
Integrated direct connection options.
Connection Broker options:

  • VMware Horizon
  • Leostream
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

 

Previous Generation Virtual Desktop Servers

 

Technical Specifications: CoreStation VM630 Virtual Workstation Blade

The Amulet Hotkey Graphics Blade Server is based is based on the enterprise class Dell PowerEdge M630 blade server combined with a virtual GPU using NVIDIA GRID 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 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 and GPU accelerators: DXG-P6 – NVIDIA Tesla P6 virtual GPU accelerator – NEW!
Supports NVIDIA Quadro vDWS software with up to 16 users. (notes)16GB GDDR5 memoryHypervisor:

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

DXG-M6 – NVIDIA Telsa M6 virtual GPU accelerator
Supports NVIDIA GRID 2.0 software with up to 16 users
8GB GDDR5 memory

Hypervisor:

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

DXG-S7100X – AMD FirePro S7100X MxGPU virtual GPU
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 and more
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 FRD10 (40Gbps Infiniband) (notes)
  • Custom Intel X520 (10GbE) (notes)
  • Custom Broadcom/Qlogic 57810 (10GbE) (notes)

Contact us if your IO card is not listed.

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

  • VMware Horizon
  • Leostream
Client compatibility: VMware Horizon

  • Amulet Hotkey 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

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