Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 09:55 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

If you're a demanding computer user, sometimes your 13-inch Ultrabook laptop just won't quite cut it. For those looking for a little more computing power, HP's new Z8 workstation could be just the answer. The latest iteration of HP's desktop workstations packs in a pair of Intel Skylake-SP processors, topping out with twinned Xeon Platinum 8180 chips: 28 cores/56 threads and 38.5MB cache each running at 2.5-3.8GHz, along with support for up to 1.5TB RAM.

Next year, you'll be able to go higher still with the 8180M processors; same core count and speeds, but doubling the total memory capacity to 3TB, as long as you want to fill the machine's 24 RAM slots.

Those processors and memory can be combined with up to three Nvidia Quadro P6000 GPUs or AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 parts if you prefer that team. The hefty desktop systems have four internal drive bays, two external (and a third external for an optical drive), and nine PCIe slots. Storage options include up to 4TB of PCIe-mounted SSD, and 48TB of spinning disks. A range of gigabit and 10 gigabit Ethernet adaptors are available; the machines also support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. Thunderbolt 3 is available with an add-in card.

This is one hell of a beast of a machine, and something most of us will never have the pleasure to use. That being said - I've always been fascinated by these professional workstations, and the HP ones in particular. Current models are obviously way out of my price range, but older models - such as a model from the Z800 range - are more attainable.

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RE[6]: Uses?
by avgalen on Wed 20th Sep 2017 14:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Uses? "
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At the risk of repeating myself, privacy concerns do not evaporate simply because data isn't stored in the cloud. If its important enough to worry about, worry about it regardless of where the physical server is located.

Privacy concerns in the cloud vs local are similar in some ways and different in others. But if there is a rule/law/policy that says "no data outside the building/company/country" the Cloud sometimes just stops being an option and local workstations start to make more sense. Of course you will still need to comply with many other rules/laws/policies to satisfy the privacy concerns

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RE[7]: Uses?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 20th Sep 2017 14:34 in reply to "RE[6]: Uses? "
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Unless its air gaped, it doesn't make a difference. On premise vs in cloud is a distinction without a meaningful difference when it comes to security.

Would it have mattered if Equifax had its own on premise data center or if it was in the could? The unpacthed security vulnerability didn't care, nor did the hackers.

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RE[8]: Uses?
by avgalen on Wed 20th Sep 2017 15:02 in reply to "RE[7]: Uses? "
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You are starting to get off-topic here. We are discussing data on a workstation, not on a public facing webserver.

It also doesn't matter if the cloud is really more secure or not, but if the policy/rule/law even allows it.

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RE[8]: Uses?
by MikeMe on Thu 21st Sep 2017 08:39 in reply to "RE[7]: Uses? "
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In practice, there is a significant difference between on premises security and cloud security; whilst you _can_ protect clouds with firewalls of the same mettle as on premises firewalls, it often isn't done … particularly when cloud services are set up without IT security overview.

In the case of the Equinox exploit, the on-premises firewall I run should have blocked it.

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