Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com2014-09-16T18:02:36+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/products/lenovo-thinkserver-td350-tower-pure-awesomenessDanika Alston Loadholt2014-09-16T18:02:36+00:00
Have you heard the great news? Lenovo recently announced two new rack systems and one new tower — the ThinkServer RD550, RD650 and TD350 — into our growing portfolio. While all of these new servers are noteworthy; today, I’m going to take you through the key features of the ThinkServer TD350 tower system. The tower market is extremely dynamic, so the two-socket TD350 is designed for the ultimate in performance, flexibility, reliability, and of course, awesomeness.
Our customers want high-performance tower servers that are versatile enough to handle workloads ranging from those found in SMBs to enterprise data centers. That’s why the TD350 tower was specifically designed for a diverse set of customers. With its incredibly dense 4U form factor, the two-socket TD350 tower is built using the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 family of processors, with a 60 percent increase in total cores over its predecessor. There are also 16 memory DIMM slots providing 512GB of DDR4 memory capacity, right-sized for many workloads. But wait, there’s more! The TD350 has internal storage capacity for up to 32 x 2.5” hard-disk drives or 15 x 3.5” hard-disk drives with a modular design that allows systems to grow based on customer needs. There are two M.2 solid-state drives (SSDs) for reliable, enterprise-class boot and two SD slots for even more hypervisor boot options. The TD350 also supports Lenovo’s AnyRAID technology. This feature provides highly reliable RAID functionality, without using a valuable PCIe slot. So...
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 could deliver high-speed, extreme storage capabilities, and was an ideal host for the College of Education’s private cloud. “Lenovo’s SA120 DAS solution addresses a lot of very technical problems, but for us, the most impressive feature was the ability to house solid-state drives and block storage in the same direct-attached storage device,” explained Stephan Fabel, the College of...
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What would you do if all the data on your computer were suddenly inaccessible? Or your banking information was compromised? Unfortunately, these cyber threats are very real and prevalent.
Thankfully, there are plenty of steps you can take to safely protect your PC and the data stored on it. We caught up with Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee to get his “must do” list for securing your Lenovo device. Here are the seven critical steps he recommends you take today:
1. Always apply security software updates
Select Lenovo systems arrive with a full-service trial version of McAfee® software that offers protection from viruses, malware and more. Whether you continue with this software or opt for a different antivirus program, you should always be sure it’s turned on and your system is set to apply software patches and updates.
“Without fail, those updates are addressing the latest and most important security vulnerabilities,” Davis says. “This one step will go a long way in keeping your system safe.”
2. Make sure your security settings are current
True, you can adjust settings so security updates are applied automatically in the background. But if you’re like many users, it’s possible you disabled a firewall or other setting (to access a game, for instance) and never remembered to turn it back on. Get in the habit of regularly checking...
We've just launched the latest in high-performance enterprise server hardware with our Lenovo ThinkServer systems. In developing these systems, some of the challenge in hitting the highest performance levels has shifted from a focus on components, back to the system design and electronic packaging. Our next-gen ThinkServer systems use DDR4 DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) technology — the latest global standard for memory developed by the JEDEC industry standards body. DDR4 memory enables higher frequency operation and capacity with much lower power. In fact, customers can expect a significant increase in power efficiency with DDR4 vs. previous-generation DDR3 memory.
In the enterprise space, customers require both the performance increase that higher memory bus frequency enables and the ability to scale up memory capacity (with more DRAM) to fit their applications' needs. However, with the high speeds used for DDR4, the memory interface design is especially sensitive to electrical loading (how many DRAM devices are attached). For higher memory capacity configurations, the memory bus speed normally must be reduced to make the electrical signaling reliable.
In our new ThinkServer systems, we've innovated to better satisfy customers' needs for speed and space. We've designed enhanced memory interfaces that enable reliable, higher-frequency operation. After optimizing the memory interface on the server system board, our engineering teams performed extensive design work, including electrical simulation and system validation to ensure dependable operation. This means the new ThinkServer systems can safely run larger memory capacity at these higher speeds.
The fastest DDR4 bus...
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&rsquo...
We’ve hit the trifecta. How can you not be excited by that? By (1) combining the most talented team of people, (2) introducing new, enterprise-class products with the right blend of flexibility, scalability and performance and (3) acquiring a world-renown server company, we’ve set the groundwork to become the leader in the IT hardware market segment.
Like every great squad, we started by acquiring the best talent. It’s similar to the 2012 Denver Broncos acquisition of Peyton Manning in building their offensive attack. And as the old saying goes, the best defense is a great offense. Lenovo has invested millions of dollars over the last few years to hire some of the best engineers and product marketing professionals available to build and market an innovative line of servers from the ground up.
And speaking of products, today, we are announcing our next-generation ThinkServer systems. The first wave of products consists of the three cleverly engineered servers — two rack systems and one tower, the Lenovo ThinkServer RD550, RD650 and TD350 — designed to provide the ultimate in flexibility and reliability. What is game changing about these servers? Here are just a few things.
Storage density – By creating space-optimized drive trays, chassis and system boards, the RD550 and RD650 have industry-leading storage density and more I/O connectivity within standard 1U and 2U form factors. 12 drive bays in RD550 and 26 drive bays in RD650. Both rack servers are available with hybrid chassis configurations that allow a combination...
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This post is the first in a weekly series called LenovoDev Developer of the Week. It will highlight members of the LenovoDev Developer Program who have built an outstanding relationship with Lenovo and/or have a unique, compelling backstory. Featured developers are nominated by the Lenovo Windows8 Store manager in their geography. We also hope to create an opportunity for members to engage and learn from each other on a more personal level via the Lenovo Developer Forums. Love to hear your feedback in the comments. --KS
Our first LenovoDev Developer of the Week is Chuck Bergen, CEO of VTree Entertainment, based in Bensalem, PA. This selection is significant because VTree's core business is creating and modifying apps for people with special needs. As you'll read, they've achieved far beyond material gain, and actually changedpeople's lives, from children to US military veterans. Read and learn more about Chuck ...oh and and learn what legendary rock band he's jamming to. [Read more.]
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 System, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers as well as associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. We are super excited to be able to offer the full line of x86 server products to our customers.
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The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham Alabama is an amazing destination. Located on the sprawling 830 acre motorsports park is a twisty 2.38 mile race track, and what must be the most comprehensive motorcycle museum in the world. Started in 1988, the private collection of Birmingham native, George Barber, has swollen to just over 1200 vintage and modern motorcycles. If that’s not enough, there is also an incredible display of 43 Lotus race cars and a full restoration facility in the “basement”. The operating room inspired shop boasts floors painted with white epoxy and collectible Persian rugs. I guess you know your shop is something special when you are standing on wool. You can observe the mechanics working on bikes through endless glass windows. It reminds me of the way you might watch a chef cooking a gourmet meal at a 5 star restaurant.
Johnson was keen on having his picture taken with the “Captain America” bike
I went there with my friend, and design leadership colleague, Johnson Li from the Beijing operation. I suggested we make the pilgrimage not so much to ogle motorcycles, but to immerse ourselves in design. Don’t get me wrong, I like to stare at motorcycles with the best of them. Years ago I visited the landmark exhibit The Art of the Motorcycle at New York’s fabulous Guggenheim Museum. Think of that experience as Frank Lloyd Wright meets Willie G. Davidson. Motorcycles are one of the most design...