Designing for Today’s Data-Intensive Workloads

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 Wikibon, the US big data market reached $18.8B in 2013. Our rackmount servers will feature industry-leading internal storage, allowing them to be readily deployed for big data workloads that require large storage capacity. We’re also seeing other storage-intensive workloads or verticals coming to the forefront of computing such as video surveillance and content delivery. Markets & Markets research shows that the global video surveillance market is expected to reach $25.43B by 2016 at a CAGR of 19.35 percent from 2011 to 2016, and the content delivery market is predicted to reach $12.16B by 2019. Lenovo’s highly modular rackmount servers allow for hybrid configurations that enable large capacity hard-disk and solid-state drives to be integrated together to provide caching acceleration for media-centric workloads. Another area of ThinkServer innovation was driven by customer demand for increased network bandwidth and connectivity. Our new systems offer vast network scalability allowing customers to increase their network connectivity without compromising other expansion slots for use with key server options.

Our design partnership with Intel also extends to storage and networking options, ensuring optimization across the compute, storage and fabric elements of the servers. The Lenovo focus on reliability, innovation and channel enablement has propelled us to a leadership position among server providers into key market segments such as Retail, Distributed Data Centers and Education.

I also wanted to mention that in addition to our ThinkServer portfolio, we just announced the best-designed workstation ever based on these new Intel processors—the ThinkStation P Series, providing unmatched performance and usability, and like our new servers, advancements in thermal design and customization.

We hope you have found this blog informative. Be sure to check out Lenovo’s current and newly announced ThinkServer systems at these shows: Intel IDF, Oracle OpenWorld and VMworld Barcelona.
If you have any questions on next-generation Lenovo ThinkServer systems, please contact me, Edgar Haren, at eharen@lenovo.com.