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Interview by Worldwide Lenovo ThinkServer Marketing Manager, Annabelle Thuan. The Lenovo ThinkServer line began in 2008 with the release of the ThinkServer TS100. In six years, the business has gained momentum and grown exponentially. With recent news on Lenovo acquiring IBM’s x86 server business, Lenovo executives being quoted, “Attack the Rack”, and today marking Lenovo’s final product launch to round out its fourth-generation ThinkServer portfolio, we wanted to know exactly where Lenovo stands with its latest product addition, the ThinkServer RS140. How does the RS140 rack server fit into Lenovo’s current product portfolio, what are its differentiators and who will benefit from this product? To assist in this discussion, we posed a number of questions to Worldwide Lenovo ThinkServer Enterprise Portfolio Manager, Edgar Haren. Annabelle: What is your professional background? Edgar: I guess I’m a bit of a technology renaissance man. I’ve been in the technology sector for more than 18 years, and I’ve been fortunate to have a variety of roles along the way. My first job was building PCs for a local Value Added Reseller (VAR) in Houston. From there, I was in outbound marketing at BMC Software and then in Product Management for Hewlett Packard in their notebook and HPC server divisions. Prior to coming to Lenovo, I was working at Oracle where I was on the Product Marketing team for their x86 systems. ...

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Lenovo Companion App

Lenovo Companion App

We’re redesigning the Lenovo Companion app and want to hear from you! The new version of Companion is launching in a couple months.  We’d like it to be the go-to app you use all the time...and we need your help to get it there. What do you think of the content in Companion today? What could make it better? What type of content would you like to read more about? Your feedback is important to us, so let us know your suggestions. The link to the survey is in Companion.  What is Lenovo Companion? For those who aren’t familiar with Lenovo Companion… Companion is a Lenovo-exclusive, Windows 8 app pre-loaded on all Lenovo Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Think of it as your destination for everything related to your new Lenovo system. The content in the app is updated frequently and includes how to’s, tips and videos to help maximize your Lenovo experience. Learn how to: Discover the features of your new system including the new TrackPad, Fingerprint Reader and Adaptive Keyboard Get up and running with Windows 8.1 and find out more about pre-loaded software Check out Lenovo recommended Windows 8 apps and games in the Windows Store Upgrade your warranty and see all of the optional accessories designed for your specific system Where to find Lenovo Companion Navigate to the Windows Start screen. Scroll to see the Lenovo Apps. Click on the Companion icon. After you open Companion, click on...

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Lenovo’s Virtual Desktop Client Ecosystem

Lenovo’s Virtual Desktop Client Ecosystem

According to research by TechNavio, the forecast for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the US is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 8.47 percent over the 2014-2018 period. Likewise, according to The 451 Group, the US desktop virtualization ecosystem market is estimated at $5.6 billion by 2016. (This includes server, client and cloud-based hosting; session-based computing; application virtualization; management). The rapid growth of VDI has been spurred by recent software and hardware technologies that have elevated the virtual desktop experience through significant performance gains. Technologies such as NVIDIA’s Grid GPUs, Fusion-io accelerators, improved hypervisor software and greater server compute power have opened up the viability of VDI from task-oriented users to power users and designers. These technologies have allowed companies to increase the total available market for VDI by extending the model across larger portions of their corporations. There are many benefits to a virtual desktop infrastructure deployment: Facilitated Management - Centralized management of all your desktops and improved control over what is installed on/used on the desktops. Improved Security – IT administrators can lock down the image from external devices and prevent data from being copied to a local device. VDI also provides remote users or ultra-mobile employees with peace of mind, as sensitive data is stored on servers in a data center vs. directly on...

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If you’re running intensive database workloads on your ThinkServer rack servers and need a performance boost, consider the Porsche 911 (Type 930). Think that’s a puzzling analogy? Read on... My favorite car is the iconic Porsche 911, specifically the Type 930 model, which premiered in 1975 with a dramatic “whale tail” rear spoiler and astonishing acceleration. The Type 930 was the first Porsche 911 offered with a turbocharger and it forever changed the way we think of high performance in an amazing sports car. For decades before 1975, the Porsche 911 enjoyed legendary track success at Le Mans, the GT2 and GT3 race circuits with a non-aspirated 2.7L engine. Relentless in their desire to increase performance and efficiency, Porsche welcomed the 1975 new year with an all-new turbocharged 3.0L engine with 190 kW/260HP output. This remarkable engine delivered 20 percent greater power than its predecessor. It featured neck-bending acceleration and provided Porsche with a formidable race platform for many years to follow. You may ask, “While that’s an interesting Porsche history lesson, how does it relate to ThinkServer rack servers running my database apps today?” This week, Lenovo announced new PCIe flash-based workload accelerators for select ThinkServer systems, leveraging ioMemory technology from

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SMB server room nightmare

SMB server room nightmare

GUEST BLOG BY EDGAR HAREN...When you look at the layout and design of today’s data centers, you’ll notice a drastic contrast between the data center’s of large corporations and those of SMBs. In fact, there are even major differences between the large internet, software and service providers and other larger enterprises. On one side, you have large organizations where the bulk of their IT infrastructure is their business. On the other, you have firms that see IT more as a cost center. These companies — such as Facebook and Google — have state-of-the-art data centers, often placed in strategic locations where they can utilize specific resources to help reduce their power and cooling costs. These firms also tend to design and implement their own IT infrastructure. A step closer to the middle are large capital firms who have more standard data centers with branded compute and storage IT elements whose primary focus is on reducing their capital expenditures (CAPEX) and up-front acquisition costs. Finally, there are SMBs with a polar opposite “data center” experience where they are often forced to convert traditional office space into a makeshift IT footprint. For smaller firms, investing in servers, storage, networking and software can be a painful experience as the primary financial stakeholders may not understand the necessity or importance of this expensive investment for their daily operations. Many smaller companies...

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