While Apple Commits to U.S. Manufacturing, BOXX has been Made in the U.S.A. for over 20 years!

According to the Austin Business Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook, when speaking to the shareholders at the company’s annual meeting, said that the tech giant remains committed to U.S. manufacturing, reminding those assembled that two-thirds of Apple employees work in the United States. Of course, that also means that a third of Apple’s workforce is located overseas. Although that sounds much less positive, the good news for our local economy is that 6000 residents of Austin, Texas, earn a paycheck from Apple.

BOXX employs but a fraction of that labor force, but then again, the core of our business is building professional grade computer workstations, not smart phones. Nevertheless, since Apple was once committed to the media &entertainment market we serve, it must be said that our state-of-the-art hardware solutions (including the custom chassis), are designed, built, tested, sold, and supported in the USA. For VFX artists, animators, and motion media pros, as well as engineers, product designers, architects, and others, that’s the value-add in choosing BOXX.

Without fail, U.S. political or economic news these days includes politicians and corporations talking about bringing American manufacturing back home. Talk is cheap. Apple manufactures in China. HP does too (along with Mexico). Dell is in Mexico as well, in addition to Asia, South America. . .you get the idea. I wish all these multi-national commodity computer manufacturers would bring those jobs and dollars back to our shores, but I would also ask that when you see these stories, keep in mind that BOXX never left.

For 21 years, industry publications, benchmark tests, and (of course) the recommendations of customers worldwide—from high profile corporations, firms, and studios, to small businesses and independent operators, have heralded the power and performance of BOXX workstations and rendering systems. But if you delve deeper, you’ll also discover what “Made in the USA” means to our customers. To them, it’s more than a slogan. The same goes for us.

The expert BOXX performance specialist who listens to your workflow issues and provides you with the specific solution, the engineers at BOXXlabs who design and thoroughly test your BOXX solution, the skilled production techs who build it, and the professionals of legendary BOXX Technical Support who can solve any problem you may encounter, can be found at BOXX headquarters in Austin, Texas. And the revenue? It stays here too.

No other U.S.-based computer company can make that claim.

Can a Virtual Workstation truly provide an experience comparable to a traditional deskside machine?

Giving Boxx’s Pro VDI a test drive

Business executives and IT administrators alike have long been enamored with platform virtualization technology, and rightfully so. the advantages of hosting virtual desktops remotely in the data center are well-known and precisely the reason VDI — Virtual Deskstop Infrastructure (VDI), one but not the only example of hosted virtual desktops — has grown from nothing to a near $6 billion dollar business.

With the relatively recent advent of GPU-accelerated server-hosted virtual machines, businesses that rely on traditional workstations (deskside towers and mobile laptops) can finally join the virtual hosting opportunity. Many are in the process now of evaluating virtual workstation solutions to determine if they might replace or complement a business’s existing traditional workstation infrastructure.

But users don’t have the same interests and computing environments that executives and administrators do. Whereas the latter are concerned with security, cost, management and other business issues, the former’s concerns are only about doing their jobs effectively and efficently. And that means running their critical applications and workflow as effectively on a remotely hosted virtual machine as they’ve done it with traditional physical machines at their desk. If they can do that, great. But if they can’t, then all those promised benefits of virtualization are moot.

And that’s why we were intrigued to test a new product from Boxx Technologies, a server optimized to host virtual workstations to serve professional-caliber, graphics-intensive applications. Could it deliver a workstation experience comparable to traditional deskside machines?

 

 

Boxx aggressively exploring virtual workstation technology with multiple hardware options

A respected long-time vendor of high-performance workstations for CAD and Media/Entertainment applications, Boxx  has flourished in the face of Tier 1 workstation competition (i.e. HP, Dell and Lenovo) by pushing the envelope on technologies  and new computing approaches. On the latter front, the company is leaving no stone unturned in its attempt to be a  leader in the emerging arena of virtual workstations.

The company has introduced not one but two Boxx-branded server lines equipped with GPU accelerators and optimized  for virtual workstation hosting: Pro VDI and GRID. The GRID brand product delivers an official Nvidia GRID vGPU solution  running on Tesla GPU-based boards, while Pro VDI products a built on Quadro professional graphics boards. Why  both a GRID compliant and non-GRID product line? Well, the answer is two-fold. Some feel that dedicating a physical GPU  to a virtual machine (VM; i.e. vDGA) performs better than a VM with GRID vGPU running a dedicated (single-user) profile.

The second answer is likely the more important one: Nvidia GRID licensing. Running an official GRID solution on top  of Tesla M-series GPUs (and future GPUs, presumably) requires one of three GRID license options. The appropriate license  for professional applications is the Virtual Workstation license, and that’s substantially more expensive — expensive enough  for many to pass on GRID and stick with the existing vDGA solutions running on Quadro or AMD Radeon Pro boards.

 

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APEXX 8R Boosting Solidworks Visualize

The BOXX APEXX 8R featuring 8X Nvidia Quadro P6000 GPUs will be on display at GTC in San Jose at the BOXX booth #423.

Which scenario would you want in a collaborative design review or have access to throughout the design process? Be sure to watch the video above in full screen HD.

The 2016 release of Solidworks included a new visualization tool called Visualize which enables designers to quickly and easily generate marketing quality renderings. In 2017, Solidworks Visualize added additional functionality with the announcement of PowerBoost. This feature allows the user to draw on the resources of a GPU accelerated network rendering server, or an Nvidia VCA, and stream the end result directly back to the end user’s viewport. Continue reading

Under the Hood

Specialization is For Insects

There are some things about BOXX I think you should know. I wouldn’t call them secrets, but in a way they are hidden. It’s not the kind of thing you get from a typical marketing email or blog post. I’m here to talk about the little stuff—the interesting details that come together to make every BOXX system what it is. And, as it happens, one of those little details is me.

I’m an assembler at BOXX Technologies. I’ve been building systems here since 2012, I’ve seen the models come and go, and I’ve built them all. Updated, tweaked, revised or refreshed, each time they get better and better. Not just the technology, mind you, but the systems themselves. Alongside the rapidly-advancing motherboards, processors, RAM, and video cards are chassis designed by BOXX engineers right here in Austin, Texas. In an industry that changes so rapidly, you must be able to adjust as quickly. If you can adjust even more quickly, even better.

But it isn’t just about keeping up with technology. It’s also about being the only hardware company offering specific solutions to specific problems—for example, the brand-new Pro VDI 8401R-V, which happens to be the world’s first overclocked system designed for VDI power users[1]. No longer will your VDI solution running CAD for multiple users feel graphically inadequate. Allow those ten cores running at up to 4.3 GHz to set you free. That’s the kind of thing I’d write if I were in marketing, anyway. Continue reading

SolidWorks 2017 comes with new tricks and new options

The latest SolidWorks has a little something for everybody, but mostly CEO Gian Paolo Bassi works hard to keep everyone happy.

bassi_sw17-300x225Dassault Systèmes rolled out the latest version of SolidWorks with a live stream and event for users, press, and analysts. Clued-in users were not surprised by much in the announcement, since SolidWorks has been walking their base through the changes to come for some time. In general CAD users hate big surprises.

But, whether they like it or not big waves of change have been transforming the CAD industry for the last five years. And, during times of change loyalties may shift. The users are up for grabs especially because CAD is becoming integrated into production and encompasses more functions than ever before. If the CAD model is to truly be the digital twin of the products it is describing, it has to have information about all aspects of the design.

SolidWorks claims more than 3.1 million users, which includes education. Dassault Systèmes is also claiming around 3 million registered users for its DraftSight drafting tool, which they now say is getting a user base of its own and not just as an alternative to AutoCAD.

As for SolidWorks itself, the company has, as always, focused on usability with more little tweaks to features like context-aware tool tips, improvements to breadcrumbs, and alerts for problems in the models that highlight the actual problem so users can go straight in and fix it. It has enhanced support for large assemblies, magnetic mates and improved tools for chamfers, fillets, and holes.


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