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According to the Columbus Motor Speedway, in 1957, Jim Cushman decimated the field of sprint car drivers. He added a large wing to his car so he could go around corners much faster by keeping the wheels on the ground. Some would say that he had an unfair advantage. There are a few things I like about this story. First, Cushman believed in finding a better way – and did. Second, he started with a great base, and made it better. Third, his improvements involved a small investment compared to the cost of the overall solution, and paid off big. Let’s be honest here. Wouldn’t we all like to have an unfair advantage from time to time when it really counts? Principled Technologies, Inc. (PT) recently published a paper showing how you can get your own unfair advantage in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment. In this study, PT tested a Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 and a Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 direct-attached storage array to determine the maximum number of mailbox users the platform could support. The answer was an impressive 3,800 users — a very solid base — just like the car that Cushman started with. For the next step, PT tested the “unfair advantage”. By...

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As some of you may recall, last year I wrote an article on how the ThinkStation group had worked to achieve various application certifications to support upstream exploration workflows in the Oil & Gas industry.  Well, today, I’m proud to announce that this month we will be exhibiting our full line of professional ThinkStation desktop workstations, ThinkPad mobile workstations and solutions capabilities at the 76th Annual European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) conference in Amsterdam.  Since 1951, EAGE has brought together the very best in commercial scientific practices, academic research and new technology to help drive innovation and efficiencies in Oil & Gas and Near Surface Geosciences.  EAGE draws nearly 7,000 commercial and academic professionals from around the world to discuss and promote new advancements in geophysics, petroleum and reservoir engineering, mining and civil engineering methodologies.  So what might one expect to see from Lenovo at EAGE? Well, in addition to getting a glimpse of the newly designed P300, Lenovo’s latest and newly redesigned entry level workstation, showgoers will have an opportunity to experience a wide range of new and exciting technologies.  Attendees will get a look at Lenovo’s new fully virtualized and GRID enabled workstation, designed to support even the most robust and demanding 3D visualization requirements.  Powered by Citrix and...

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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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