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REACHit connects Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box

REACHit connects Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box

This week, Lenovo launched REACHit, an app for Android and Windows PC (iOS coming soon) that makes it easy for you to access and organize files across Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive. It’s part of our effort to make your Lenovo machine, Android and iOS devices work together to simplify your life. In the spirit of helping you manage your personal cloud across devices, we’ve created a short list of tips for conquering your personal cloud. Have your own tips? Regale us with your epic cloud conquests in the comments below. 1. Pay for just what you need today How much free cloud-storage do you need? A couple gigs? 100 gigs? A terabyte? Take a minute to think about what you need in the short term from your cloud. Are you just using your cloud like a hard-drive to store documents and photos? Or do you plan to use the cloud for sharing massive files with collaborators? Either way, there’s a minimum amount of storage you can get away with for now. So pay for (or get for free) only what you’ll be needing in the short term, rather than buying that terabyte “just in case”. Below is a helpful chart created by CNET that can help you make a quick decision on what works for you. Find CNET’s chart above and a...

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NeXtScale Water Cool Technology

NeXtScale Water Cool Technology

By Duncan Furniss, Consulting Client Technical Specialist for Lenovo in Canada NeXtScale WCT (Water Cool Technology) is the most efficient NeXtScale systems yet, due to both the efficiency of direct water cooling, and the additional performance and power savings achieved by running the high power electronics at lower temperatures than possible with air cooling. I made the long trek from Vancouver, Canada to Morrisville, North Carolina to visit the new Lenovo facilities and work with the NeXtScale WCT team and the Lenovo Press team (formerly the Redbooks team) to produce the NeXtScale WCT Product Guide. This blog highlights what I learned during my week-long visit. Here’s a look at one of new buildings at the Lenovo campus - the new home of product development for NeXtScale WCT The new Lenovo campus in Morrisville, North Carolina Most of development of the water-cooled  variant of the NeXtScale n1200 chassis, and nx360 M5 compute nodes was in the thermal lab. It is here in the thermal lab that the manifolds for the chassis were designed, the circulation path for the water was determined, the front and rear conduction plates were shaped, and other specialized parts originated. Not only did the engineers assure that the systems were adequately cooled, but they studied the effect of temperature on the performance of the system. Here’s a photo of a rack of prototype nodes under test, along with thermal probes and an instrumented water...

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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team ‘Tis the season! For cyber threats, that is. In countries around the world, the months between November and January are filled with more shopping, more parties and more online travel bookings. With so many people rushing from one happy activity to the next, cybercriminals have a lot of opportunities for scams and hacks. Lenovo security partner McAfee® recently released its annual 12 Scams of the Holidays—and it includes some surprises this year. You probably know to protect your PC and avoid scammy email attachments. But do you also safeguard your smartphone? And take extra precautions with USB drives? We chatted with McAfee’s Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, Gary Davis, about this year’s list and the important precautions you may not think to take. Here’s what you need to know now: 1. Smartphones are not as safe as you may think People tend to use smartphones as, well…phones. But these devices are actually small computers that need many of the same safeguards used to secure large desktop PCs. In fact, some of the most malicious malware out there today—the kind that can harvest your...

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GUEST BLOG by David Tareen. David is the Director of Product Marketing for Flex System.  What is one of the top challenges for IT departments? The need to deploy sophisticated and advanced technology that can help meet their needs faster and at lower cost. Many data centers are successfully addressing this challenge with converged infrastructure (CI), which include servers, networking, storage and management designed to work together as a single unit. The unique characteristics of CI enable IT departments to add applications and capabilities quickly, and thus provide their businesses with a competitive advantage. The basic premise behind CI is simple; as we integrate components, the cost and the complexity flows out. Customer-focused CI vendors will take a solutions approach to extend the basic premise by integrating software along with the hardware. Take virtual desktop computing (VDI) as an example. A traditional VDI solution can help consolidate call-center IT to reduce cost and improve security. A more advanced VDI solution can enable deployment of applications across an enterprise and support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. So what is needed to deploy a VDI solution? It takes servers, networking, storage, virtualization technology, management of both physical and virtual desktop environment, cabling, PDUs and thermal consideration. In short, it requires a lot. A CI solution specifically for VDI can simplify this complexity. Design guides...

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Financial industry clients and industry benchmarks confirm that the System x3750 M4 is a proven winner for low latency transaction processing applications. Redline Trading Solutions Redline Trading Solutions creates ultra-low latency market data and order execution systems that enable firms to excel in today’s equities, options, futures and FX markets. With a huge amount of money at stake, financial markets firms are in a constant arms race to minimize end-to-end latency and seize fleeting market opportunities ahead of the competition. The Need: With a huge amount of money at stake, financial markets firms are in a constant arms race to minimize end-to-end latency and seize fleeting market opportunities ahead of the competition. The Solution: With Redline solutions on 32-core compact System x3750 M4 servers, based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-4600 v2 family, firms can reliably achieve ultra-low latency and predictable performance.  Clients can deploy their entire trading system on 32 cores in a single 2U System x3750 M4 server. The Benefit: Extreme low latency reliability and fast performance enable firms to spot and act on profitable trading opportunities faster than competitors while reducing cost. Lee Fisher, VP, Technical Marketing at Redline  stated “With the x3750 M4, they can pack more processing into rented co-located rackspace, reducing costs and latency.” Fisher, wrapped it up by saying “The...

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