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ThinkServer SA120 DAS Array

ThinkServer SA120 DAS Array

GUEST BLOG BY TAY FOSTER ... You heard about our recent ThinkServer SA120 direct-attached storage (DAS) announcement, right? Right? It’s amazing and unique in that it’s the only DAS array that has 3.5-inch drive bays in the front and 2.5-inch drive bays in the back. Single enclosure configurations are available with up to 48TB of NL-SAS HDDs combined with up to 3.2TB of high-performance Intel SSDs. This innovative “Think” design provides an optimal tiered storage solution in one compact 15.5-inch deep 2U chassis. Are you looking for the easy button for performance acceleration of your random I/O database? Then look no further than the SA120 combined with the ThinkServer RAID LSI 9286CV-8e adapter and your choice of ThinkServer systems (RD640, RD540, RD440, RD340, TD340 or TS440). The key component of this solution is the ThinkServer RAID LSI adapter and its optional CacheCade software. In the past, database administrators had to manually and selectively place more frequently accessed hot data on SSDs and leave the remaining data on HDDs. While this can be effective for increasing performance, it’s very time consuming and requires more work when the application or data changes. CacheCade intelligently and dynamically handles the data placement without the need to monitor and configure applications. When reading data, it automatically copies the...

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Core ThinkServer Services Portfolio

Core ThinkServer Services Portfolio

GUEST BLOG BY TRACY NEYENHUIS … As a smart small business owner, you’re careful with your investment decisions. It’s simple. When you buy new assets, they need to create real value. It’s easy to understand the return on an investment in capital equipment — a new forklift, digital signage, warehouse space, stunning store fixtures and your new Lenovo ThinkServer.  But what about investments you can’t see? They are often powerful protection against unexpected events that can’t be anticipated, but can be planned for. As a small business owner, you would never let your property or premises go uninsured. Business insurance, although rarely used, protects against events that might otherwise wipe out years of hard work in a moment. But don’t mistake the great warranty coverage on your new Lenovo ThinkServer for total investment protection. You need to cover it with an invisible but essential cloak of protection — ThinkServer Services upgrades, optional coverages and extensions.  Priced to be affordable for every business, ThinkServer Services let you extend your warranty coverage or upgrade it to ensure that our certified field technicians respond to your call the same day you need us — around the clock — 365 days a year. You just made a major investment in a reliable ThinkServer. Now it’s time to protect it for its long and useful life. Think that for less than 10 cents a day (less...

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Sample Tool Output

Sample Tool Output

GUEST BLOG BY TAY FOSTER… You know better than anyone that it’s a tough sell to persuade decision makers to refresh when the servers are still plugging along. I’m sure you’ve heard these comebacks: We have servers? We’ll think about new servers when these break. There’s no budget…It’s too expensive to refresh. Get back in your closet! Wouldn’t it be great if you could show your company’s decision makers that they could actually SAVE money by buying new servers? Now you can with the ThinkServer TCO/ROI Analysis Tool. This calculator allows you to enter detailed data about your existing server environment. It then quickly shows you the hard-dollar savings available from refreshing with the latest-generation ThinkServer systems. Below is a list of some of the factors evaluated in the tool: Older servers use much more power and cooling than the latest generation With recent performance improvements, smaller and fewer servers are required, taking less floor space in the data center Supplemental maintenance and support costs on out-of-warranty servers versus support included with new servers Further server consolidation through virtualization OS and hypervisor licensing cost reduction What is ROI, you ask? It’s simply the total return from the project (measured over time) divided by the initial cost of...

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Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax

Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax

Guest blog by Gregg Shupe… The legendary Dan Akroyd/Gilda Radner Saturday Night Live skit for Shimmer Non-Dairy Floor Wax promoted a product that was simultaneously a workhorse floor wax AND a delectable dessert topping. Like the multipurpose Shimmer product, today’s medium-sized business customers need a way to get the biggest bang for their buck with their IT investment. “How do I spend the least amount of money to perform tasks like PC/server backup AND deliver highly visible, state-of-the-art application capabilities, such as server virtualization and video surveillance?” It’s a Floor Wax Backup is the IT equivalent of cleaning the floor. No one likes to do it, but if you don’t, eventually someone gets hurt — slip and fall/data loss. LenovoEMC storage is integrated with capabilities from Acronis to protect data from PCs, NAS devices and even servers, and to move the data offsite — to back up the backup.   It’s a Dessert Topping Appealing to the technologist’s sweet tooth, LenovoEMC offers leading-edge virtualization capability sized and priced for mid-market users. The LenovoEMC px12-400r and px12-450r support LenovoEMC’s Integrated...

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Intuitive, efficient and effective Smart Grid technology

Intuitive, efficient and effective Smart Grid technology

GUEST BLOG BY Nancy Reaves... Reducing power cost is always a priority. How do we do it at home? When we are not using a room, we make sure to turn off the lights. We install programmable thermostats that reduce the heat and air conditioning when we leave the house and increase it just before we return. Power is a significant part of the overall cost of managing a data center. Lenovo ThinkServer Smart Grid helps you to do the same thing that you do at home with your servers. You can lower operational expenses by effectively monitoring and managing power. Smart Grid is SMART because it monitors exactly how much power you are using in real-time. You can examine power use at the individual server, rack of servers, row of racks, or group of server/rack level. Smart Grid is SMART because it helps you to plan power usage through the use of power capping. By establishing a policy, you can cap power usage for a set of servers, at a certain time, to a specific level. This can help you to protect your critical applications when the server load increases. Smart Grid is SMART because it allows you to monitor server utilization. In the case where your servers are underutilized, you can take advantage of that “unused” power and increase server density. Smart Grid is SMART because it gives you the information needed to intelligently design and build out your data center. It’s just like the individual consumer who has to manage the household...

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