John Joyal

Going through my basement the other day (affectionately referred to as my ”Technology Museum”), I came across the cell phone I used ten years ago — right next to my Polaroid Land camera. The cell phone could store up to 99 contacts (because who would need more than that?), had an antenna that pulled up and down (wasn’t it up for long distance, and down for local? — at least that’s what I told everyone), and taking a picture would have been impossible. Technology sure has come a long way in ten years. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was released about the time I was using that phone. Microsoft is now ending support for the OS on July 15, 2015. Some of you may still be using that platform to run your business. If so, chances are your hardware may be aging as well. Here are a few reasons you may want to move to Windows Server 2012 R2 running on Lenovo ThinkServer systems. Security patches and updates will no longer be available for Windows 2003 and older servers will be more vulnerable to malicious attacks. You could be risking both your business data, including your customer’s personal information and credit card data, as well as your intellectual property. If you lose your business data, your business could be at risk of failing. Ten years ago, businesses were not subject to regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA and PCI. Violations could result in huge fines — or worse. Applications may not be...

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Lenovo ThinkServer

Lenovo ThinkServer

The demos are ready to go and the equipment is on its way to San Francisco, as Lenovo heads out to VMworld next week!  Lenovo is a Silver sponsor and we’ll be showcasing ThinkServer’s performance benefits and our truly open validated architecture for your demanding virtualized infrastructure and Cloud Ready Datacenter.   Some of the solutions in our booth (#2105) will include: • vSphere with Operations Management on ThinkServer • Healthcare Applications (PACs) on VMware  • Stoneware webNetwork • ThinkServer and Lenovo|EMC Storage Display • VSPEX Validated Infrastructure Lenovo continues to build its relationship with VMware, and after an exciting new announcement on Monday, we’ll be participating in some great speaking sessions:  • Virtualization and Converged Infrastructure Solutions (TEX6388): In this session you will learn more about how the vSphere Operations Management is run on ThinkServer to help quickly resolve common issues found on your converged infrastructure. • How to Build a Highly Scalable and Truly Open Infrastructure (STP 1023):...

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Did you hear about the announcement today at the Red Hat Summit that Lenovo is part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network?  At Lenovo, we’re very excited about this.  What it means is that OpenStack, an open source platform for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), will leverage Lenovo’s ThinkServer product line for compute and virtualization. It also means Lenovo has taken the next step in ThinkServer’s open philosophy and “Cloud-Ready” architecture to provide customers more choice with individual stack components, including virtualization, storage, and network technologies. Two critical attributes of a successful cloud infrastructure is that it’s easily managed, and flexible.   Lenovo’s “Cloud-Ready” philosophy is to help customers easily deploy a platform that provides an automated and scalable infrastructure.   Together, ThinkServer, Red Hat and OpenStack will help organizations quickly move not only to a flexible and open platform, but a more cost-effective private cloud environment. To find out more about the OpenStack announcement, visit: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130612006098/en/Red-Hat-Shows-OpenStack-Ecosystem-Strength-Launches  

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ThinkServer RD330

ThinkServer RD330

Now where was that...? Staring at my laptop screen, I seem to ask that question more and more these days.  I know it’s mostly because of the amount of data we seem to need access to, but I can’t help wondering if my age is starting to factor into it too (but that’s a different problem). Today, businesses both small and large need to access more data - in private clouds, public clouds or your own device,  and often with different interfaces to the information, and IT organizations need to provide access to all this information…many requiring their own logins and passwords of varying degrees of strength – it’s amazing we can get anything done. Lenovo is now delivering a solution to address all this.  Recently, Lenovo acquired Stoneware, Inc.  A company with innovative technology that makes the complex environment of cloud computing much simpler.  What’s great about this is that a single web-based interface with a single password gets you to all your business applications.  In addition, when working from home many companies also require a VPN – with this solution, no VPN is required.  Stoneware webNetwork Powered by ThinkServer supports any device from any location, you can access your business information from a laptop, tablet or even your phone – and the interface is one we are all familiar with – an internet browser....

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