HP Unveils Industry’s First-ever Mini Workstation HP Z2 Mini…

Today Hp announced a whole new workstation in the most compact form yet..! It’s being called the first mini workstation designed for users of apps like CAD and other compute-intensive software. This machine is likely not for everyone but for many just dealing with a large box or even a small cylinder takes up space. This small computer could literally be mounted to the back or your computer monitor depending on your setup. So it’s very small and versatile but not by compromising it’s capabilities. The HP Z2 Mini delivers server-grade power in a very tiny package. Most mini computers in this tiny of a form factor don’t have such components and specs. So to me this is a nice smaller form factor solution. I Think on the desk it looks great, can in some cases be mounted directed to the back of your monitor, or even use this as a nice portable onsite workstation. I’m sure users will come up with many ways to utilize this beautifully designed mini Workstation. More details below from the New Release.


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News Release 

HP Unveils Industry’s First-ever Mini Workstation

HP Z2 Mini delivers server-grade power in a 2.3 by 8.5 inch package


Las Vegas, NV., November 15, 2016 — Today at Autodesk University, HP Inc. unveiled the world’s first mini workstation1 designed for users in CAD and other compute-intensive industries. The stylish, new HP Z2 Mini Workstation delivers breakthrough power and versatility and at only 2.3” high is 90% smaller than a traditional business-class tower2. 


With this new offering, HP is positioned to extend its workstation leadership by delivering a new category of workstation that offers superb performance, elegance and efficiency.


HP Z Workstation products have become the industry standard for customers demanding a full performance workstation. Building off the success of the HP Z240 SFF, the HP Z2 Mini Workstation is twice as powerful as any commercial mini PC on the market today3 and has the ability to support six displays right out of the box. The HP Z2 Mini was designed for the millions of CAD users demanding smaller hardware without compromising acoustics and performance and mission-critical reliability.

“When designing some of the most technically complex architectural forms the need for cutting edge technology is essential,” said Daniel Libeskind, a world-renowned architect and founder of Studio Libeskind.4 “The speed in which we create, and the complexity of projects have become more intense over the years, but computers like HP Workstations are helping quickly bring the visions of my designers to life.”

Shorter than a cup of espresso, the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation is capable of designing anything from state-of-the-art electronics to home and office buildings. The workstation, running Windows 10 Pro or Linux, comes equipped with next generation Intel® Xeon® processors5, NVIDIA® professional graphics and the availability of HP Z Turbo Drive for handling large files remarkably fast. 


“The HP Z2 Mini, the world’s first mini workstation, delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, iconic design,” said Jeff Wood, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “HP redefined the workstation in 2009 with the introduction of the HP Z series, and now once again is disrupting the category with the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation – the ultimate combination of space efficiency, elegance and power for our customers and partners.”

HP Z2 Mini designed for the workspace of the future.

As workplaces become more space constrained, there’s a greater business need for the smaller workstations like the HP Z2 Mini. The incredibly compact form factor resembles more a super computer from the future than a PC of today. The octagon form of the HP Z2 Mini is the most uniquely designed HP Workstation in HP’s 35 years of workstation history, and incorporates HP Z DNA throughout the product including extensive ISV certification and 368,000 hours of quality testing.

The ultra-compact and aesthetically pleasing workstation provides users with numerous versatility options: on/under the desk, behind an HP Z display, or on a wall6. HP engineers created custom designed fans and a cooling system for whisper-quiet acoustics (63 percent quieter than an HP business-class mini PC) for workstation customers that need mission-critical reliability. The HP Z2 Mini design and engineering ingenuity will transform the way people think about workstations and workspaces.


Pricing and Availability7:

HP Z2 Mini Workstation is expected to be available worldwide in December starting at $699.00USD.

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through 
our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences 
that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1)     Based on publicly available information of workstation competitors as of October 3, 2016 with volume of at least 1 million units annually as of October 3, 2016 having < 3 litres volume, professional graphics, Intel® Xeon® quad core processor, ISV certified applications, ECC memory.
(2)     Based on business-class towers with >1 million units annually as of October 3, 2016 with performance measured by processor clock speed and ViewPerf12 rating, having 4th or 6th Gen Intel processors or AMD Pro processors, integrated VESA mount, VGA, 6 USB Ports, Windows Pro OS and TPM.
(3)     Based on Ultra Small Desktop category of vendors shipping >1M units annually as of October 3, 2016 based on watts, with 4th or 6th Gen Intel processors or AMD Pro processors, integrated VESA mount, VGA, 6 USB Ports, Windows Pro OS and TPM.
(4)     HP provided Studio Libeskind with early HP Z2 Mini workstations.
(5)     Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance
(6)     Mounting bracket sold separately.
(7)     Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

HP Z Workstations Upgrade and 1TB Z Turbo Drive G2…

Today Hp increases expandability with upgrades to the Z Workstation line of Products including the HP Z840, Z640, and the Z440 with newer faster memory, cpu’s(Xeons), latest AMD, Nvidia, and more including the latest HP Z Turbo Drive Generation 2 with capacity now 1TB just ahead of NABShow coming up next month in Las Vegas(the largest Media and Entertainment expo in the world). This is very welcome as the 1st Gen were certainly faster(faster than a typical SSD attached to the port opposed to the bus via the pci-e card slot)but the smaller capacity fills up fast. The latest Gen 2 Z Turbo drive is 4 times the read performance of traditional SSD/s at comparable prices. I’ve been running the HP Z Turbo Drives since Gen 1. I’m also running both Gen 2 as well as the HP Z Turbo Quad Drive which is also uber fast with speeds up to 16x performance of Sata SSD’s(more on that in another post to follow).


What’s really fantastic about this is the fact that compared to say Gen 1 Turbo drive to get this capacity you’d need to drop at least two 512GB Gen 1 Z Turbo Drives(taking up two slots which could be used for I/O, single slot GPU for GUI, Raid Card etc-if your like me my machines is built up from top to bottom with every slot being occupied). On top of it to get the best performance out of the Gen 1 you might consider creating a Raid 0 software Raid as also your increasing the capacity. I did just this when I got the Gen 1 Z Turbo Drives. You can check out how to do this in Windows guide here which also shows you how I set it up for working with some of the Adobe Creative Cloud Products.

Link to the Z Workstations click Here:

Link to the Z Turbo Drives click Here:

Jeff Wood VP of Workstation/Thin Clients breaks down 1 TB Z Turbo & Quad Pro Drive @NABShow:

From the News Release below:

HP Upgrades Its Most Powerful, Expandable Line of Desktop Workstations
Z Turbo Drive Storage enhanced to be better and larger than ever

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2015 — HP Inc. today upgraded its industry-leading HP Z Workstations, combining increased system expandability, higher-speed memory and multicore updates to power the most demanding workflows. It also announced the addition of the HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1 TB PCIe SSD, HP’s fastest Z Turbo Drive solution to-date1.
The refreshed HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations feature next generation multi-core Intel® Xeon® processors,2, 3 the latest graphics options from NVIDIA® Quadro® and AMD FirePro™, as well as a choice of Microsoft® or Linux®  operating systems. With the new Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v4 series processors, HP Z Workstations will support faster memory speeds than the previous generation processors, up to 2400MHz and can support up to 44 physical cores per-workstation4.
Designed to super charge workflow productivity and creativity, the new HP Z Turbo Drive with 1 TB PCIe SSD storage optimizes HP Workstation workflows, delivering up to four times the read performance of traditional SSDs at a cost that’s remarkably similar. The second generation HP Z Turbo Drive attains ultra-fast I/O response to process large data sets. HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations can be easily expanded by integrating the high-performance HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1TB PCIe with high capacity SATA HDDs and SSDs5.
“The addition of our latest Z Workstations and Z Turbo Drive demonstrate HP Inc.’s unwavering commitment to professionals who consistently push the limits of technology to bring the world and the universe life changing innovations,” said Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Product Management, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “As the requirement of big data intensifies, the HP Z portfolio will continue providing increased reliability, performance and innovation for customers working on everything from mission critical space endeavors to energy exploration and blockbuster films.”
HP Z Workstations are built to address the constraints of compute-intensive industries, including media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. Adding to the market share–leading HP Z Workstation portfolio, the new HP Z Desktop Workstations offer availability of tested workstation applications from Adobe®, Autodesk, Avid, Dassault, ESRI, SolidWorks, Siemens and many others.
“HP Z Workstations deliver the power and speed needed for modeling, simulations, big data analysis, computer-aided design, and visualization applications, all of which translate to real solutions for a better world,” said Kristina Ropella, dean, Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University.
With continued focus on performance, innovation and reliability, the three new HP Z Workstations offer a tool-less chassis, integrated handles and visually cable-less design to deliver radical ease of service, system wide efficiency and superb expandability. The new workstations offer 12.5 percent faster DDR4 memory compared to the prior generation for improved application performance and BIOS enhancements to enable higher system performance.
“You might have to be an IT geek to appreciate it, but the HP Z Workstation is a thing of art,” says Duane Powell, Chief Technology Officer and co-owner of Blur Studio. “It’s so well-designed. The inside is like a sports car and the outside, beautifully, is a simple box with handles so you can rack it.”
The enhanced line of HP Z Workstations embrace Thunderbolt™26 for amazingly fast throughput of large files, HP Z Turbo Drive to help eliminate storage bottlenecks, HP Performance Advisor7 for system monitoring and HP Remote Graphics Software8 for remote collaboration of graphics-rich applications.

Price and availability

·   The HP Z440, Z640 and Z840 Workstations are expected to be available worldwide beginning in April. Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,299, $1,759 and $2,399, respectively.

·   The HP Z Turbo Drive G2 1TB PCIe is expected to be available worldwide in April. Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $799.


About HP Inc.

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


Intel, Intel Core, Xeon and Thunderbolt are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. AMD and FirePro are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. NVIDIA and NVIDIA QUADRO are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

(1)Sequential performance compared to previous generations
(2)When ordering two processors, the second processor must be the same as the first. HP Z640 and Z840 processor kits include the processor and heat sink. Memory DIMMs must be purchased separately.
(3)Multicore is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance..

(4)Dual processor configurations.
(5)Each sold separately.
(6)Thunderbolt is an optional or add-on feature on HP desktop workstations. Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt device (sold separately) must be compatible with Windows. To determine whether a device is Thunderbolt Certified for Windows, see https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products.
(7)HP Performance Advisor requires Windows and internet access.
(8)HP RGS requires a Windows or Linux operating system and Internet access.

HP Global Launch 2015 New ZBooks ZDisplays and ZTurbo Drive…

Hello world..! Happy to be back in busy New York City again for the HP Global Launch this week. I attended back in 2013 which was my first time in New York City. Today was equally exciting to be back in New York as well as the opportunity to bring you all the latest from the launch once again from the HP Execs and all the other HP Experts like Product Managers as well as many other various employees with various positions. Basically all the top in their field with HP were present both speaking onstage as well as the many who help bring this event to frution behind the scenes. Basically there’s no other place on the planet that your going to get the latest than being right here front and center(as I was)to all the action.

First off the always entertaining VP Worldwide Product Management Jeff Wood of HP kicked off the event. He briefly went over the very new HP split which I’m not going to get into since there is a lot of info on that around the web. What I will be bringing you is the highlights of new products being launched today and the team behind it and some of the customers doing out of this world tasks with theirs products. Let’s just say HP Inc looks like it has as bright a future as ever..!

Jeff after talking about the split goes into HP’s long journey of 70 plus years in the business. Over 30 years of building some of the best Workstations like the now branded Z series. HP…Ushering in a new era of Computers. Today was no exeption. Fifty-Seven Billion, Fortune 100 Company…’We are the Market Leaders’! Stating in a slide they are #1 in Commercial PCs, #1 in Inkjet, #1 in Laserjet, #1 in Graphics, and only 2nd in Consumer PCs which you all know is a very competitive market. So they are the biggest, best and nearly number 1 in all markets they are in. He goes on to say…We Have Momentum..! They are leading a Global Brand, with inspired Marketing, World Class Partners, and most importantly Powerful Innovation.

Once Jeff leaves the stage we are greeted by Jim Zafarana VP GM and Global Head. First major slide reads…’Keep Reinventing’…The Workstation. The fact that they have been in the Workstation business for over 30 years should tell you that they are committed to the brand but also it’s innovation.

I myself coming from years of Apple products and running all Macs religiously without question was really surprised before really getting the opportunity to meet the behind the products and how much effort they put into actually listening to their customers needs. It’s no wonder HP has been at the top of their game for so long and continue to go strong. I myself was overly impressed by the innovation and design and I was a MacPro user which is Apples top of the line tower and also still run a MacBook Pro I’m typing this on(note after today…wow it’s hard to see why…more on that later when we get to the refresh of the ZBooks)!


Jim tells us about HP Z Workstation Customers…and from user feedback and needs they basically take it all in and…Reinvent Everything. I believe it…I’ve had the pleasure to sit in on meetings where I as a customer can provide feedback on how I use the hardware and what I like or don’t with some of the people who actually design and build these amazing Z Products. I was surprised to learn how closely they actually pay attention and listen to feedback on their products. Just today I was upstairs where they have all the latest hardware on display. I was able to continue to give feedback…and they do listen. I’m getting cards and they are saying…cool…email me…I want to hear more. I believe that’s why they are in the position they are in..!

Speaking about customers there were several who came on stage to also talk about how they use the Z line of products. The first was Stephen Hunter. He has a pretty out of this world job. He works for NASA. I was pretty impressed to hear how they use the HP Mobiles in their mission critical work. In fact he stated how critical it is to have a rock solid, reliable, performing computers stating…if these fail…lives are at state.

That’s a pretty good indication that HP does provide a very solid product…so much so that NASA relies on HP for all their critical computing. Another thing that was interesting is the special power requirements they need for their mission critical work. He said he’s worked with engineering to get the exact spec they require. So HP definitely is able to provide specific needs. I believe he said they run around 200 mobiles in their work.

BIO: Stephen D. Hunter
Manager, Computer Resources & C&DH Architecture OD/ISS Avionics & Software Office International Space Station (ISS) Program Johnson Space Center (JSC)


I joined the NASA in 1992 starting as flight software developer within the Orbiter Project Office in the Space Shuttle Program.  In 1993, I transferred to the International Space Station (ISS) Program working the development, integration and deployment of critical software and hardware applications, systems and networks to support daily ISS operations and management. In 1996, I was selected as the Command & Data Handling System Manager responsible for the development and integration of the International Space Station (ISS) Flight Software, Avionics computer systems and architecture as well as the on-orbit data communication networks (i.e. 1553, Ethernet & Fiber). In 2000, I transitioned from NASA to Lockheed Martin Information Technology (LMIT) as the Director of Engineering & Technical Services directly responsible for the design, implementation and operational management of products and services related to IT Outsourcing of PC Desktops, Telecommunications and Network Services for government, commercial and local outsourcing clients.   In 2002, I returned to NASA to serve a dual role as the ISS Robotics Software and Integration Manager and Command & Data Handling System Manager working the development and integration of robotics software for the Canadian Robotics ARM-2 and ISS Avionics systems.   Since 2004, I have served as the ISS Computer Resources Manager with responsibility for the integration of all on-orbit computer systems, avionics architecture, on-orbit networks, software development related to the Station Support Computer as well new technology infusion. These projects include Internet-to-Space, Integrated Station LAN and Edge Routers, Digital Camera Upgrades for IVA and EVA, Next Generation Laptops and Sidekick (aka Microsoft HoloLens). In this role, I have led and managed numerous technology development, expansion projects and upgrades of the ISS avionics, computer systems and onboard networks to provide enhanced services and capabilities to the ISS vehicle systems, payloads and onboard crewmembers.   The Computer Resources System continues to lead the transition of the ISS program from traditional aerospace manufacturing to Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) equipment, where possible, to reduce the cost of access to space through the use standard industry interfaces for not only NASA, but our International Partners and Payload developers.

The next customer they had come to the stage was Sam Lanier of FireWhat which is an Emergency Management Geographic Information System(GIS). Also after the presentation I sat down with Sam to learn more about his business and how they utilize a whole line of Z products like ZWorkstation, ZBooks, HP Plotters and more. Utilizing the HP Technology they are able to map assets in and out of the field with their primary focus Wild and Fire.

What’s so amazing is how his company called FireWhat is helping Fire Fighters go into fires with the help of technology to better fight them. They can now utilize technology to actually share the information they need to fight fires in the moment and also archive on a huge HP server consisting of around 48TB of storage opposed to all local mobiles they use to use in the past(in fact they use to run off the shelf HP Envy’s but he mentioned some actually quit because of the extreme conditons-but with the new ZBooks they’ve had 0 down time)! Now they don’t have to rely on filing data that’s not very accessable nor shareable. They also can collect a ton more data because they are not having to keep it all local on the ZBooks. He said this is really changing the way Fire Fighters are able to tackle the fires and improve the way they do their jobs. What’s so cool is that Sam was actually a Fire Fighter himself. He said he started out as a Boy Scout which exposed him to it originally. He also has family working in the field so it’s really a passion. On top of it all he’s been able to grow the business very rapidly with the parntership his company has built with HP the technology is helping him increase capabilities and they expanded to a whole fleet of mobile trailers which houses all the ZWorkstations. I believe he said the multi functional mobile office has a total of 8 internal workstations and when they are really running a large crew typically the government or whoever the client is will utilize the whole trailor and they will spill outside into additional stations. I was very impressed to learn how much HP has helped them grow. I really look forward to talking with Sam more. They have offices in both norther california and also in Bend Oregon which right up in my

To learn more about FireWhat and how they are helping the World please visit their website below for more additional info or to get in contact with Sam or anyone on his team. 



Sam Lanier
CEO, Co-Founder, & President FireWhat Inc.
In June of 2014, Sam stepped away from his passion as a career firefighter, and into the full time role of CEO of FireWhat. Sam had filled this role for 3 years prior during the company’s bootstrapped periods, with a passion to reinvent emergency services for the better.  Sam started his fire service career at the age of 15 with Hammond Ranch Fire Company and went on to work for CalFire as a fire captain for 15 years. He spent two years working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Federal Grant Administrator and National Fire Program Specialist II where he administered a $41 million dollar grant awarded to 2,100 fire departments in the western United States. Recognizing the lack of communication and technological capability among fire departments and other resources for incident response, Sam brought these issues to the forefront in US Congressional Fire Act hearings.
Sam has taught firefighting and emergency management classes throughout his career to both private and public institutions. He is committed to excellence and innovation and sharing his knowledge with fellow trainers. Sam is a graduate of Fire Science and has expert study in Photography and Graphic Design from California State University, Chico, CalState Long Beach, and College of the Siskiyous. He is a three time “Firefighter of the Year” and 2013 National Ski Patrol “Purple Merit Star” award recipient. Sam’s photography and graphic design have been published in regional and national publications as part of his international missionary work. His passion is to one day map the earth and photograph all its beauties to aide the end of world disparities. 


One of the first really amazing refreshes is the line of ZBooks, They are all new. They offer the 15u, ZBook Studio, 15 and yes still the flagship 17″ which Apple abandoned. The biggest thing is actually the smallest…they are really thin…yet really really powerful..!

Also coming to the stage was Josh Peterson giving us all the deets on their amazing new thinner and very much welcome addition of ZBooks, Server Grade Hardware to Go, as well as the whole Z Family of Products..! 

To me what’s so unique is all the power HP has managed to squeeze into the extremely thin form factor. So Apple is not the only one around with attraction and thin mobiles…the big difference is the spec, and all the tech behind it. I’m going to leave you with images cause a picture is worth a thousand words…right…! 🙂

Lastly to wrap up the launch was Paul Mazurkiewicz PHD covering the Quality Reliability in Workstations that HP brings to life everyday with their stringent commitment to the upmost quality on the Planet. Paul gives us all the deets on how they design their products the way they do. It was a very impressive presentation and again I feel it would only do it justice to share in images. Please look over all the amazing design engineering they put into their HP Family of Products..!

As you can see HP has a whole ZFamily of Products for all levels of Production from small companies to large ones like NASA. For more information please visit hp.com