Beth O'Shea

Next-gen ThinkServer RD550, RD650 & TD350

Next-gen ThinkServer RD550, RD650 & TD350

We’ve hit the trifecta. How can you not be excited by that? By (1) combining the most talented team of people, (2) introducing new, enterprise-class products with the right blend of flexibility, scalability and performance and (3) acquiring a world-renown server company, we’ve set the groundwork to become the leader in the IT hardware market segment.  Like every great squad, we started by acquiring the best talent. It’s similar to the 2012 Denver Broncos acquisition of Peyton Manning in building their offensive attack. And as the old saying goes, the best defense is a great offense. Lenovo has invested millions of dollars over the last few years to hire some of the best engineers and product marketing professionals available to build and market an innovative line of servers from the ground up. And speaking of products, today, we are announcing our next-generation ThinkServer systems. The first wave of products consists of the three cleverly engineered servers — two rack systems and one tower, the Lenovo ThinkServer RD550, RD650 and TD350 — designed to provide the ultimate in flexibility and reliability. What is game changing about these servers? Here are just a few things. Storage density – By creating space-optimized drive trays, chassis and system boards, the RD550 and RD650 have industry-leading storage density and more I/O connectivity within standard 1U and 2U form factors. 12 drive bays in RD550 and 26 drive...

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Over the last year, we’ve been working with Oracle to strengthen our collaboration. We have a growing Oracle install base and want to make sure we provide the best level of support so our customers feel good about investing in a Lenovo-Oracle infrastructure. As a team, we’re really excited about the recent ThinkServer posting for Oracle VM 3.3 qualification on the Oracle Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), and more importantly, the official completion of a validated configuration on Oracle VM 3.3 for our ThinkServer RD540/RD640 family of rack servers. This is the FIRST validated configuration published right after the Oracle VM 3.3 announcement. What does this mean exactly? By completing the work necessary to appear on the Oracle Linux HCL, customers using Lenovo ThinkServer systems are assured that their Oracle VM deployments have been completely tested, and that Lenovo hardware is fully supported by Lenovo on Oracle VM and Oracle VM is fully supported by Oracle. We offer customers pre-tested, validated and supported Linux architectures on Oracle VM 3.3, including, software, hardware, storage, drivers and networking components. The validated configuration is great because it provides details on what and how to deploy,...

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SMB server room nightmare

SMB server room nightmare

GUEST BLOG BY EDGAR HAREN...When you look at the layout and design of today’s data centers, you’ll notice a drastic contrast between the data center’s of large corporations and those of SMBs. In fact, there are even major differences between the large internet, software and service providers and other larger enterprises. On one side, you have large organizations where the bulk of their IT infrastructure is their business. On the other, you have firms that see IT more as a cost center. These companies — such as Facebook and Google — have state-of-the-art data centers, often placed in strategic locations where they can utilize specific resources to help reduce their power and cooling costs. These firms also tend to design and implement their own IT infrastructure. A step closer to the middle are large capital firms who have more standard data centers with branded compute and storage IT elements whose primary focus is on reducing their capital expenditures (CAPEX) and up-front acquisition costs. Finally, there are SMBs with a polar opposite “data center” experience where they are often forced to convert traditional office space into a makeshift IT footprint. For smaller firms, investing in servers, storage, networking and software can be a painful experience as the primary financial stakeholders may not understand the necessity or importance of this expensive investment for their daily operations. Many smaller companies...

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Guest blog by Ken Timmons . . . Are your server applications running slowly? Are your end users waiting for database queries to finish? The ability of your server’s storage system to process I/O requests may be at fault. While capacity and cost per gigabyte of server hard-disk drives (HDDs) has improved at a rapid pace, I/O performance has not. Unfortunately, techniques to increase the performance usually involve adding more HDDs or more servers, which can add unwanted complexity and higher management costs. The good news is that there are alternative, cost-effective solutions. Working with partners Intel and LSI, Lenovo simulated a server online transaction database workload to evaluate performance improvements that could be obtained through solid-state drive (SSD) use. Several configurations were tested, including an all-SSD array using Intel Data Center Family SSDs, and an SSD array accelerated with LSI FastPath acceleration software. In a final scenario, we used LSI CacheCade 2.0 software to create a hybrid array, where SSDs were used as read/write cache with the existing HDD array. As expected, the tests showed that using an all-SSD...

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Commercial use cases for Lustre

Commercial use cases for Lustre

GUEST BLOG BY EDGAR HAREN…Lustre is a type of parallel distributed file system, generally used for large-scale cluster computing. Lustre has found its home within the high-performance computing (HPC) market segment, and has been commonly used for government-sponsored research in national labs, or by universities focused on data-intensive simulations, such as weather forecasting and climate modeling. Lustre is also used in the private sector by information-intense industries, such as defense, aeronautics and oil and gas. Because Lustre file systems have high-performance capabilities and open licensing, they have been implemented with more than 60 percent of the world’s super computers. However, with the explosion of mobile devices creating and consuming data, even commercial enterprises are looking to Lustre as a solution to help them analyze and extract value from their respective data flows. According to IDC, data creation will grow to 40ZB (40 billion TB) by 2020 versus the 2.8ZB created in 2010. This aligns with IDC’s prediction of a doubling in smart connected devices up to 2B units by 2016. As a result of this data explosion, the growing demand for big data solutions presents an opportunity for Lustre to migrate into the commercial market and serve as a catalyst. OpenSFS, the consortium that promotes the Lustre open-source file system user community, states, “The opportunity still exists...

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