Edgar Haren

The University of Hawaii is committed to providing a challenging and engaging educational experience, while also promoting the development of ground-breaking educational research. One of the oldest schools within the University of Hawaii, the College of Education is made up of an estimated 1,600 students and 350 faculty members, and has been providing educational research, policy studies, curriculum development, professional development and educational services since 1888. With nearly 2,000 students and faculty logging on to the College of Education’s intranet site daily — and developing data-intense research projects — a high-speed, large-capacity storage solution was imperative. The College of Education’s IT staff needed a comprehensive, affordable and scalable storage solution that was also compatible with Ceph, an open-source storage technology. Already a satisfied Lenovo ThinkServer customer, the College of Education’s IT team immediately looked to Lenovo for a solution. They quickly discovered the Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 direct-attached storage (DAS) device offered an impressive array of features at a great value. With an innovative design supporting 12 x 3.5-inch high-capacity, front-accessible SAS drive bays and an optional four rear-panel 2.5-inch SSD bays, the SA120 DAS array...

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Today, Lenovo is proud to launch its next-generation tower and rackmount servers based on the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 Series family of processors. Similar to Lenovo’s success in the client segment, the strategy for the Lenovo ThinkServer portfolio is to offer enterprise-class, high-performing systems, with industry-leading reliability/flexibility and salient value — without unnecessary overhead. Lenovo has partnered with Intel to develop a robust family of servers whose design tenants were focused on the data creation and consumption explosion, and the need for optimized networking connectivity. Intel’s E5-2600 v3 family of processors provide a 50 percent increase in cores over the previous generation, with a maximum core count of 18 per socket and higher encrypted data transfer rates. This offers much greater performance aimed at today’s areas of IT focus, such as data analytics, private cloud deployments, media propagation and HPC. Our new Lenovo ThinkServer systems feature key innovations aimed at addressing the data center challenges adherent in these focus areas. I also wanted to mention that although there is a significant increase in processing power, the E5-2600 v3 family provides world-class energy efficiency. For the last several years, the big data momentum has steadily increased as large firms see the value of investing in data analytics. According to

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At Lenovo, our partnership with Oracle is focused on delivering the hardware portion of the IT stack so mid-market customers can deploy Oracle’s red stack, which consists of Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Database and Oracle middleware. We are a leading server provider into key market segments such as Retail, Education and Hospitality, and are also strong in enterprise with customers who have distributed data centers. Many of these clients are running Oracle solutions on Lenovo deployments. In the last 18 months, we have increased our partnership activities with Oracle and have an ideal ThinkServer compute solution for delivering Oracle solutions to small- and mid-sized customers. We have a full suite of rack-mount systems qualified with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, as part of the Oracle HCL program. Lenovo also has two validated Oracle configurations featuring ThinkServer systems. This year, Oracle OpenWorld offers a forum for us to discuss some new and exciting news. We’ll be featuring our next-generation ThinkServer systems. And, as you probably heard, Lenovo has been approved to move forward with the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business and other related product lines. As part of the acquisition, Lenovo obtains System x, BladeCenter, Flex...

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In this edition of the Lenovo ThinkServer blog, we wanted to shed some light on how Lenovo servers and workstations are being deployed for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Joining me in this discussion is Vertical Marketing Manager, Chris McCoy, from the Lenovo ThinkStation team. Edgar: Hi Chris, can you tell us a bit about your work experience and how you see Lenovo ThinkStation fitting into the key verticals you manage? Also, do you see synergies with Lenovo ThinkServer? Chris: Hey Edgar, it’s a pleasure to be here with you. To answer the first part of your question, I joined the Lenovo ThinkStation product team about 18 months ago. Prior to coming to Lenovo, I spent more than 15 years working for global IT solution providers in both the private and public sectors. Lenovo has made tremendous investments in ThinkStation product engineering and critical technology partner alliances to devise, test and implement various hardware and software technologies in an effort to improve workflow and system performance as well as platform efficiencies. We do this to ensure that we’re designing and building platforms that can be tuned and configured to support very specific workflows across a very wide spectrum of customers, in industries such as Banking, Finance, Manufacturing, Architecture, Medical and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment and the Energy Sector. To answer the second part of your question, in Lenovo, servers and...

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I bet you didn’t know that this year, there are seven billion mobile devices being used on a daily basis. This mobile explosion has been the catalyst for the doubling of data created and consumed every two years. IDC shows that in 2009, there was 0.8ZB of data stored vs.35.2ZB predicted for 2020. This bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has led to the creation of massive amounts of unstructured data. The bulk — 70 percent of this data — falls into the segments of file and object storage. All this data has to be stored and many companies are struggling to keep pace with the rising cost of storage expansion. To help with that, I’ve compiled a list of why customers should consider direct-attached storage (DAS) — specifically a JBOD device (Just A Bunch of Disks) for their growing storage needs. Top 5 Reasons Why A JBOD Can Be Your JBUD I mentioned above that 70 percent of the data being created today is file and object storage. This means that the vast majority of data has a large footprint, but most importantly, is rarely utilized — indicating that the key parameter of a storage solution for this segment is cost/terabyte. I recently spoke to a customer in the medical industry who indicated that 65 percent of their stored data had not been accessed once in three years! Would you want to spend a lot of money to store data that is “cold” or “cool”? According to IDC, the operational cost of...

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