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ThinkServer SA120 DAS Enclosure

ThinkServer SA120 DAS Enclosure

GUEST BLOG BY ANDREW JEFFRIES …..I sometimes use an idiom that my granny, Sarah Josephine, was fond of saying, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” I think it’s a funny saying to describe innovation that improves on what’s currently available. Now, that’s likely not exactly the definition my granny was thinking, but I’m in the technology business and it fits aptly. News this week from Lenovo’s enterprise group reminds me of Sarah Jo and her wise words.  Lenovo announced four new enterprise ThinkServer products. Two enhanced two-processor rack servers, an all-new two processor tower server and an all-new direct-attached storage (DAS) enclosure. I’m going to talk first about the DAS enclosure because it’s my product and I know my granny would want it that way. Called the ThinkServer SA120, it’s brand-new and features both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays in a single 2U enclosure. That’s a clever way to design a DAS enclosure and it’s currently unmatched by any other of the top server vendors. When Lenovo designed the ThinkServer SA120, it was about building a better mousetrap — addressing customers’ performance and storage needs in an intelligently designed DAS enclosure at a great price. All hail the improved mousetrap! Also very exciting news, Lenovo...

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ThinkPad Backpack on the snow

ThinkPad Backpack on the snow

CES--the world’s largest electronics conference--is behind us. Those who were there saw all the new ThinkPads, tablets and cell phones along with our new lines of carrying cases. After many years of having the same ThinkPad branded cases, it is a time for a change. Designing new case is not easy. Whether you like backpack or other silhouette of the case your choice is often very personal. Besides function, durability and protection a bag must express your personality. I spent last month traveling. It was the perfect time to test some prototypes. I first tested our new Active line, which will be joining our portfolio in April. The 30-liter backpack is big enough to accommodate a ThinkPad laptop (I use T Series) and Tablet 2 along with all the necessary stuff.  But it has a lot of space for spare clothes and snacks if you go skiing with your family! After Christmas we had a big job to do at the CES show in Las Vegas. And you know when you travel, a backpack is great as you do not need to carry the weight in your hand. After CES it was time to take a short break and do some hiking in Zion National Park – another great opportunity to test a bag. I packed it with my camera, a second lens, clothes (it was really cold there) and water with snacks for a half-day trip. Red goes well with red jacket and red colors of Antelope Canyon. You would not even say I have this backpack on by back. This is me. No matter which ThinkPad bag you...

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The New ThinkPad X1 Carbon

The New ThinkPad X1 Carbon

Lenovo has unleashed the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon – the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook. Perfect for business users who want a laptop with high performance technology, mobility and durability, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon joins Lenovo’s premium business portfolio. Thinner and lighter than the first iteration of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and weighing just 2.8 pounds, this upgrade offers new technologies including 10-point multi-touch display, voice and gesture control that allow for seamless user interaction, and an Adaptive Keyboard that offers almost twice the number of functions of the original ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The Adaptive Keyboard adjusts based on the software or application being used to highlight the most relevant keys. Enhancing user experience was paramount for Lenovo’s designers when creating the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon which is why we included features like the ColorBurst WQHD 2560x1440 display, providing vibrant images at higher resolutions with even more detail. To maintain this display, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a Rapid-Charge battery that lasts up to nine hours while unplugged, and also recharges up to 80 percent in under one hour. For mobility and connectivity, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers BlueTooth 4.0, Near Field Communication (NFC), optional built in 4G capability, and additional USB ports. Taking connectivity and productivity to a higher level, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon also features OneLink docking...

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Lenovo Vibe Z Smartphone

Lenovo Vibe Z Smartphone

The new Vibe Z smartphone is Lenovo’s debut LTE device, combining fast connectivity, custom features and elegant design to bring the best smartphone experience to its users in one incredible device. Vibe Z has uploading speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s and downloading of up to 150 Mbit/s with a single micro-SIM operating on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100, 802.11 ac Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 for diverse, excellent connectivity. Users that need to conduct business on their smartphones and connect and receive information at lightning speeds will love the new Vibe Z device that features powerhouse speeds, while also elevating smartphone design and style. Cracking open the Vibe Z, you will find Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Quad-core 2.2GHz processor ensuring quality visuals for watching movies, capturing and editing photos, gaming, video chatting, and more. With 2GB of memory and up to 16GB of internal storage and running Android 4.3, there is plenty of storage space for photos and videos taken with the high resolution 13 MP rear and 5 MP front cameras. Custom imaging software on the Vibe Z goes above and beyond the average features in other smartphones, including an aperture lens to defy low light situations, Super Camera and Super Gallery apps for adding effects. Additionally, Lenovo-specific software supports motion and gestures for better one-handed usage. To match the inner beauty of speed and custom design, the Vibe Z comes encased in a thin 7.9mm silver...

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Lenovo ThinkServer TS440

Lenovo ThinkServer TS440

Guest blog by Ken Timmons, ThinkServer Technical Marketing Manager  -- Yes, really! In fact, Lenovo was the first server vendor to deliver entry-level servers with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) for out-of-band server management – the ability to manage servers regardless of their state. This is the same management functionality found in laptops and desktops with Intel vPro technology, such as Lenovo ThinkPad products. We believe this is the perfect systems management technology for customers that have little or no IT staff available, are using managed service providers to manage their overall environment (including PCs), or that need to manage servers located in remote locations. Principled Technologies, a technology assessment company, recently evaluated our ThinkServer TS440 tower server to see how effective AMT 9.0 was at supporting the tasks an IT administrator performs on a regular basis. Their conclusion? They found “… the Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 with Intel AMT 9.0 supported each of our eight use cases with ease.”  And, “Leveraging Intel AMT 9.0, the ThinkServer TS440 proved to be well suited for businesses with constrained budgets…” You can read the full report here.

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