Nissan wants to speed up global growth (Photo: Nissan)

Siemens and Hewlett Packard have built a new vehicle design infrastructure that provides Nissan's global R&D centers with improved access to the latest vehicle development data.

The two technology companies said the infrastructure, which uses a virtual desktop for engineering, lets Nissan more easily manage its global vehicle design operations. The Japanese carmaker has already started using the system in North America and Europe.

The new platform deploys desktop virtualization technology that allows engineers to access virtual 3D CAD workstations. These connect to data stored on servers that can be used by teams around the world.

HP handled the hardware and software side of the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The system uses Citrix XenDesktop virtualization technology.

Siemens' product lifecycle management software (PLM), Siemens NX, underpins the CAD applications. And Siemens' Teamcenter data management system is the digital backbone for the VDI.

Nissan CIO Celso Guiotoko said in a statement that the project is part of the carmaker's "VITESSE" growth strategy. Said Guiotoko: "With the increasing number of new projects globally, IT's importance has become even more essential."