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Everyone is tasked with doing more by using less these days. Budgets stay the same (or are cut!), but the amount of work to be done continues to grow. Those of us in the IT world are very familiar with this concept. We must accommodate more data, more users and more applications every day. But all is not lost! The new ThinkServer systems are here to help. With the latest generation of Intel Xeon E5 processors, our ThinkServer RD550 rack server is designed from the ground up to do more in less space. For example, with two quad-port 10GbE AnyFabric mezzanine cards and three dual-port 10GbE cards in its PCIe slots, it provides an astounding 140Gb of Ethernet networking bandwidth in only 1U of rack space! This is industry leading and 40 percent better than the nearest competitor can provide. A rack full of RD550s with network IO capable of over 5Tb per second can easily handle the most demanding application throughput.  If storage performance is the goal, the RD550 supports 12x 2.5” drives, two of which can be Intel’s latest NVMe PCIe SSD and the remainder can be 12Gbps SAS SSD. This can provide close to 2 million small block IOPS in the same 1U space. When comparing to one leading competitor, this is 85% more IOPS. In addition to the crazy...

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Is it due to an ancient migratory instinct? Or perhaps to find tasty acacia leaves? Neither. It’s to find a better big data solution! This week, Lenovo is featuring an impressive Hadoop SQL demonstration at the IBM Insight event in Las Vegas, highlighting massive sequential query performance with IBM BigInsights analytics deployed on powerful, agile yet cost-effective System x3650 and System x3550 clusters. Migrate over to booth #406 and check out Lenovo’s validated solution and reference architecture for analyzing unstructured and structured data in an Apache Hadoop environment. Lenovo offers an extensive suite of big data solutions for the leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) such as MapR, Cloudera, InfoSphere and

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Recently at Oracle OpenWorld, Lenovo unveiled its first unified appearance with the team from System x and announced the joint support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM for both System x and ThinkServer. Lenovo also made several key moves to increase the strength of its partnership with Oracle including publication of the validated configurations and Oracle hardware qualification list with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle Database. Lenovo announced an update to its Oracle Partner agreement with a Gold-level contract. The unveiling of support and our commitment to our partnership demonstrates the newly established synergy, and potential opportunities for joint development between Oracle software and Lenovo System x solutions. For Oracle, this provides a new hardware partner that can span the enterprise market segment with innovative 4-socket and 8-socket solutions, while also opening the avenue to attach...

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This isn’t a blog about banned Speedo swimwear or sorting through fabric swatches for drapery or a new sofa; it’s about network switching fabrics. That’s when servers in a network interconnect through multiple network switches. This spreads the network traffic across multiple links; kind of like threads in a fabric — providing a much higher throughput and increased redundancy compared to traditional networks. Most other tier-1 server vendors have some sort of mezzanine card offered on their performance two-processor rack server offerings. This is because it allows sideband management (allowing BMC management traffic to travel on the same connection as data as opposed to out-of-band management through a dedicated port) saving the cost of having a separate management infrastructure. This also allows the BMC to check the health and thermals of the card and update firmware, which is not normally available via standard slot based PCIe cards. Lenovo’s next-gen performance two-processor racks (the ThinkServer RD650 & ThinkServer RD550) are the first servers in the ThinkServer family to take advantage of these technologies using our customized form factor based on AnyFabric technology. The timing couldn’t be better. Adopters of 10GbE can rejoice as there’s no need to waste...

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Dual processors, 24 DIMM slots, 12 drive bays and up to three PCIe slots (plus two AnyFabric slots) in a rack form factor. I know. It sounds like a 2U rack server, right? With the Lenovo ThinkServer RD550 though, you get the performance and capacity of a 2U system in a 1U form factor. This means you can tackle more strenuous workloads while saving precious rack space. The ThinkServer RD550 is the latest two-socket 1U general-purpose server with high performance and I/O expandability for space-constrained environments. It’s designed with up to two of the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and super-fast DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. With the RD550, you can choose between two chassis: 12 front 2.5-inch drive bays or four front 3.5-inch drive bays with two additional rear 2.5-inch drive bays. Designed to be flexible and modular, the RD550 comes with Lenovo AnyRAID technology for advanced RAID protection and up to two Lenovo AnyFabric slots giving you enormous bandwidth potential. In fact, the RD550 can house up to eight 10 Gb Ethernet ports — without taking up any of the available PCIe slots. If you include network adapters in the available slots, that’s a lot of bandwidth in a slim 1U server. There’s even an option for four 10 Gb Ethernet ports with two 16 Gb Fibre Channel ports at the same time — without using any of the PCIe slots — an industry first. That means you have up to three free PCIe slots to use...

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