Laura Frombach

Almost every organization is either considering a private cloud or has already begun implementation. The host server architecture is a key component of the private cloud virtual infrastructure. The cost-performance sweet spot for virtualization hosting is typically an x86 server featuring two-socket multi-core processors. Historically, virtualization scalability has been constrained by processor and memory limitations. However, advances in processor technology yield impressive virtualization ratios. With the virtual-to-physical ratios enabled by multi-core processor advances and supporting memory, it doesn’t matter what the size of the company is, everyone can benefit from a private cloud. Before you dismiss this as cloud washing, consider: a two-socket/twelve-core physical server based on the current Intel Xeon processor platform can theoretically support up to 192 virtual machines in a private cloud environment. Depending on the rack configuration (including servers, storage, networking and backup power), that’s the equivalent of four or five racks of servers supporting single applications now consolidated on a single server. Factor in the cost of power, cooling and physical maintenance and we’re considering serious savings that no one can afford to overlook. However, relying solely on server processing and memory capacity is no longer the sole criteria for...

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Lenovo and EMC have a robust partnership, with each bringing the strength of their complimentary product lines and strong customer focus to the relationship. Specifically, Lenovo offers EMC VSPEX solutions, enabling customers and partners to deploy converged infrastructures with confidence. Laura Frombach, Lenovo Technical Marketing Engineer, recently interviewed Mark Wright, EMC SVP of Business Development and Operations, to gain his perspective on the partnership. Laura:  In your position at EMC, how do you interact with Lenovo? Mark:  Basically, I am the senior executive on the EMC side, dedicated to working day-to-day with all Lenovo and EMC levels to make the partnership successful. We have found that this level of executive engagement helps cut through the layers of management within each company to facilitate decision making, while addressing concerns and removing roadblocks as they occur — to keep everyone focused on growing the joint businesses. Laura:  How do customers benefit from the EMC/Lenovo partnership?  Mark:  Lenovo has a great reputation as a partner company and is very focused on their customers. EMC is ranked one of the best partner companies in the world by Microsoft and CRN, and has a strong partnership community as well. Together, we think we bring even more to our joint customers. Lenovo is building a world-class enterprise channel business to drive large volumes of their server products, which will be...

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