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This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App We want to ensure you have everything at your fingertips to monitor your new PC. Hopefully you won't run into any problems with your new Lenovo system, but if you do, continue reading to find out where to go to diagnose the problem and find our recommended solutions. Lenovo Diagnostics Lenovo Diagnostics contains a suite of quick and extended tests that include memory, storage (SSD, SATA and SAS), optical, wireless, mother board, CPU, video and RAID. The diagnostics are available as a bootable, or a downloadable package that can be run under Windows (or Linux) operating systems. Monitor System Health If you want to check and monitor your system health then check out the Lenovo Solution Center (LSC). LSC acts as a central hub for monitoring system health and security. With LSC, you can monitor your system’s virus and firewall status, update your software, perform a backup, check battery health, and get registration and warranty information. You can also immediately test or schedule a test of your system’s hardware, and learn from hints and tips to achieve maximum system performance. LSC uses a snapshot feature, which allows you to compare your current hardware and software configuration with the earlier configuration that was created the first time you launched Lenovo Solution Center. Download LSC for Windows 8.1 

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In the previous blog, I spoke about Enterprise applications that drive the need for 4 and 8 socket scale-up deployments. In this blog, I’m going to talk about the business value of scale–up deployments. Companies consolidating workloads from scale-out x86 servers to scale-up servers can experience savings in a number of categories, including server and networking cost reduction, licensing fee reduction, and avoidance of costs associated with IT staffing as well as datacenter facilities and power and cooling. Without consolidation, these costs would have increased because larger numbers of physically separate servers would have been needed to support all of those workloads and to support all of the end users accessing the servers.  Also, end-user productivity can be enhanced with less downtime or performance issues. Reduced Software licensing costs. A major factor to consolidating onto scale-up systems included the reduction in the number of instances of supporting software such as operating system licenses and third party licenses.  Since many major software packages are licensed on a per-processor or per-core basis, reducing the number of systems can significantly lower annual software supports cost. Improved IT staff productivity. Using scale-up servers reduces the total number of processors and servers under management. With fewer physical servers to maintain, server administrators were freed up to focus on higher-value-added...

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Lenovo is proud to formally announce a partnership with Cloudera to bring forward a tool box of solutions for Hadoop deployments. Lenovo’s newly acquired System x portfolio had an existing relationship with Cloudera, and has released a variety of reference architectures around Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub & Hadoop Distribution. These solutions were aimed at large enterprise customers and consisted of multi-rack deployments. Lenovo also has the ThinkServer portfolio of systems that is more focused on the small- and medium-sized business market segment and key verticals such as Education, Distributed Data Centers and Retail. Below is Gartner’s research depicting the investment trends for big data by vertical. For this reason, we believe that the ThinkServer portfolio is well positioned to support SMBs across a variety of industries. By 2020 we will have 30 billion devices and eight billion people connected to networks generating 40 trillion gigabytes of data. Data points like this may lead SMBs to shy away from big data or deep business analytics; however, other firms are finding the competitive value of harnessing key business metrics as critical to their success. According to the SMB Group, currently only about 18 percent of small and about 57 percent of medium-sized businesses utilize business intelligence and analytics solutions, but there’s a trend towards more...

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The Supercomputing Conference 2014 (SC14) is taking place in New Orleans from November 16-20 and is focused on high-performance computing (HPC). HPC innovations are helping to solve some of the world’s toughest problems and have far reaching impact in a wide range of industries, including automotive, finance, electronics, pharmaceuticals, government and big data analytics. For more than two decades, the Supercomputing Conference has been the place to build and share the advancements that are making life-changing discoveries possible. Lenovo will be making its debut at SC14 with a big splash showcasing our latest System x HPC innovations, solutions and live demonstrations. While we may be the newest global HPC company, we are by no means new to HPC. You see, Lenovo recently acquired the IBM System x business and along with it our team of HPC experts from around the world. So we are the same people and products you trust, but now we’re part of a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company, committed to our clients and leading the way in providing innovative consumer, commercial, enterprise and HPC technology. We look forward to meeting with you at SC14 and addressing your HPC needs.   Not sure what you need or what we can offer? No problem. Join us at a Lenovo HPC multiclient session, thought-leadership roundtable or request a 1:1 briefing. All sessions take place at the

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content from the Lenovo Companion App (this post originally appeared on Lenovo Support) For our advanced, tech-savvy users out there, we know you may want to enter Setup Utility or the Boot Menu in Windows 8.1. Here’s how to do it. By default, a Windows 8/8.1 shutdown is not a real shutdown. Instead, it is hybrid shutdown where contents of memory are saved to disk. This allows for a faster startup. However, turning on the PC after a hybrid shutdown does not allow for pressing F1 or F12 during startup. There are several ways to enter Setup Utility (F1) or the Boot Menu (F12) on a Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 PC as explained below: Press and hold the Shift key while selecting the Shutdown option in Windows 8. This will make the PC perform a full shutdown instead of a hybrid shutdown. Then F1 or F12 can be pressed successfully during startup. Select Restart instead of Shutdown. Then F1 or F12 can be pressed successfully during startup. Disable the fast startup option in Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Choose what the power buttons do. It is also possible to access these features from within Windows 8/8.1. To enter Setup Utility: Open the Charms Bar by pressing Windows Key-C or by swiping in from the right edge of your screen Click on Settings Click on Change PC Settings Click on General Scroll to the...

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