Beth O'Shea

GUEST BLOG by David Tareen. David is the Director of Product Marketing for Flex System.  What is one of the top challenges for IT departments? The need to deploy sophisticated and advanced technology that can help meet their needs faster and at lower cost. Many data centers are successfully addressing this challenge with converged infrastructure (CI), which include servers, networking, storage and management designed to work together as a single unit. The unique characteristics of CI enable IT departments to add applications and capabilities quickly, and thus provide their businesses with a competitive advantage. The basic premise behind CI is simple; as we integrate components, the cost and the complexity flows out. Customer-focused CI vendors will take a solutions approach to extend the basic premise by integrating software along with the hardware. Take virtual desktop computing (VDI) as an example. A traditional VDI solution can help consolidate call-center IT to reduce cost and improve security. A more advanced VDI solution can enable deployment of applications across an enterprise and support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. So what is needed to deploy a VDI solution? It takes servers, networking, storage, virtualization technology, management of both physical and virtual desktop environment, cabling, PDUs and thermal consideration. In short, it requires a lot. A CI solution specifically for VDI can simplify this complexity. Design guides...

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The Supercomputing Conference 2014 (SC14) is taking place in New Orleans from November 16-20 and is focused on high-performance computing (HPC). HPC innovations are helping to solve some of the world’s toughest problems and have far reaching impact in a wide range of industries, including automotive, finance, electronics, pharmaceuticals, government and big data analytics. For more than two decades, the Supercomputing Conference has been the place to build and share the advancements that are making life-changing discoveries possible. Lenovo will be making its debut at SC14 with a big splash showcasing our latest System x HPC innovations, solutions and live demonstrations. While we may be the newest global HPC company, we are by no means new to HPC. You see, Lenovo recently acquired the IBM System x business and along with it our team of HPC experts from around the world. So we are the same people and products you trust, but now we’re part of a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company, committed to our clients and leading the way in providing innovative consumer, commercial, enterprise and HPC technology. We look forward to meeting with you at SC14 and addressing your HPC needs.   Not sure what you need or what we can offer? No problem. Join us at a Lenovo HPC multiclient session, thought-leadership roundtable or request a 1:1 briefing. All sessions take place at the

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I was lucky enough today to catch Lenovo Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Gerry Smith, and Senior Vice President Enterprise Systems, Adalio Sanchez, to discuss the Lenovo and System x integration. Here’s what they had to say. Q: Gerry, this is an exciting day for Lenovo and specifically the Enterprise Business Group. Can you expand on that? A: You’re absolutely right. Today marks one of the most significant days at Lenovo. And for many of us, history is repeating itself. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC division and last year, we reached number one in PCs globally. Now, we’re leading the market transformation in what we call our “Plus” strategy and moving towards our goal of becoming the biggest computer maker in the world — whether the device is a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet or a server. The acquisition of the IBM x86 server business presents an enormous strategic opportunity. The acquisition will immediately catapult Lenovo to number three in worldwide revenue market share and we will become the leading x86 server vendor in China.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and I am so proud to be a part of it. Q: Adalio, what do you see as the greatest opportunities for the combined businesses? A: First, let me say that the strengths of our two companies are complementary. True to our System x heritage, we will continue to leverage R&D — organic R&D — to innovate for our...

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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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