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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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System x M5 Family

System x M5 Family

Recently, Lenovo refreshed its existing mainstream System x dual-socket server offerings (1U rack x3550 M5 and the most popular 2U rack x3650 M5) by expanding support for the latest processor, networking, and storage technologies. In this blog, I'd like to briefly explore these new technologies and their potential benefits for different workload types. Also, I will discuss some industry benchmark results to highlight the key benefits that the x3550 M5 and x3650 M5 systems offer based on actual performance measurements. Processor options The System x M5 servers now support the full range of Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, including 18 or 16 cores (2.3 GHz core speeds); 14, 12, or 10 cores (up to 2.6 GHz core speeds); 8 cores (up to 3.2 GHz core speeds); 6 cores (up to 3.4 GHz core speeds); and 4 cores (up to 3.5 GHz core speeds). The following table recaps the differences between the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family and its predecessor, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 product family. Feature E5-2600 v2 E5-2600 v3 Improvement ratio Maximum number of cores 12 18 1.5x (higher is better) Maximum L3 cache 30 MB 45 MB 1.5x (higher is better) Maximum memory speed 1866 MHz 2133 MHz 1.14x (higher is better) Maximum memory capacity 768 GB 1.5 TB* 2.0x (higher is...

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In the previous blog, I spoke about Enterprise applications that drive the need for 4 and 8 socket scale-up deployments. In this blog, I’m going to talk about the business value of scale–up deployments. Companies consolidating workloads from scale-out x86 servers to scale-up servers can experience savings in a number of categories, including server and networking cost reduction, licensing fee reduction, and avoidance of costs associated with IT staffing as well as datacenter facilities and power and cooling. Without consolidation, these costs would have increased because larger numbers of physically separate servers would have been needed to support all of those workloads and to support all of the end users accessing the servers.  Also, end-user productivity can be enhanced with less downtime or performance issues. Reduced Software licensing costs. A major factor to consolidating onto scale-up systems included the reduction in the number of instances of supporting software such as operating system licenses and third party licenses.  Since many major software packages are licensed on a per-processor or per-core basis, reducing the number of systems can significantly lower annual software supports cost. Improved IT staff productivity. Using scale-up servers reduces the total number of processors and servers under management. With fewer physical servers to maintain, server administrators were freed up to focus on higher-value-added...

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Lenovo is proud to formally announce a partnership with Cloudera to bring forward a tool box of solutions for Hadoop deployments. Lenovo’s newly acquired System x portfolio had an existing relationship with Cloudera, and has released a variety of reference architectures around Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub & Hadoop Distribution. These solutions were aimed at large enterprise customers and consisted of multi-rack deployments. Lenovo also has the ThinkServer portfolio of systems that is more focused on the small- and medium-sized business market segment and key verticals such as Education, Distributed Data Centers and Retail. Below is Gartner’s research depicting the investment trends for big data by vertical. For this reason, we believe that the ThinkServer portfolio is well positioned to support SMBs across a variety of industries. By 2020 we will have 30 billion devices and eight billion people connected to networks generating 40 trillion gigabytes of data. Data points like this may lead SMBs to shy away from big data or deep business analytics; however, other firms are finding the competitive value of harnessing key business metrics as critical to their success. According to the SMB Group, currently only about 18 percent of small and about 57 percent of medium-sized businesses utilize business intelligence and analytics solutions, but there’s a trend towards more...

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