Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com/news2014-08-29T00:35:30+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/reseller-partners/gerry-smith-to-partners-blue-skies-ahead-for-lenovo-and-system-xMichelle Lee2014-08-29T00:35:30+00:00
Guest blog by Gerry Smith, Executive Vice President, President of Enterprise Product Group and the Americas.
Just two weeks ago, Lenovo’s pending $2.3 billion transaction to purchase IBM’s System x server business was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). We look forward to closing the transaction, but many channel partners, clients and customers may be wondering: what’s next?
We have bold plans for future growth with this acquisition, and IBM’s x86 employees and products are an important part of that. With the integration of IBM’s System x product portfolio, Lenovo will immediately become the number three server manufacturer in the world, combining IBM’s technology with our operational excellence to deliver an unparalleled customer and partner experience. We’ll be able to offer a complete end-to-end set of enterprise and PC targeted offerings, giving our partners an opportunity to broaden their portfolios and better serve their customers. Analyst Rob Enderle points out, “Given the fact that Lenovo successfully acquired the IBM PC business and changed it from market laggard to market leader, the positive outcome (for the IBM merger) is near certain.”
This acquisition is a natural extension of the long-term partnership we established with IBM in 2005 after the purchase of its PC business. By leveraging an efficient and proven business model, we became #1 in the PC industry within a decade. We’ve shown what we can do when Lenovo...
This blog is a collaboration between Annabelle Thuan and Ken Timmons. Annabelle has had several roles at Lenovo and currently works in WW ThinkServer marketing. Ken also works in WW ThinkServer marketing at Lenovo, but many years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC.
Annabelle: The year was 2005—astronomers discovered the dwarf planet Eris, Condeleeza Rice was sworn in as U.S Secretary of State, and Lenovo was expanding its global mergers and acquisitions footprint by acquiring IBM’s PC business.
Much like the market buzz surrounding Lenovo’s current acquisition of IBM’s x86 (Intel-based) server business, the 2005 PC deal raised questions as to how Lenovo would turnaround a division that IBM had labeled a non-strategic business. Of course, we know the moral to the ThinkPad tale—in eight years, Lenovo catapulted ThinkPad’s meager seven percent worldwide share into the undisputed global PC leader at more than 18 percent share (*IDC Worldwide, PC Quarterly Tracker, 2Q13). This is how ThinkPad became the ubiquitous black box choice of enterprise and small business alike. It’s also how I was introduced to the brand when handed a ThinkPad for work in the early 2000s.
What we don’t know is how the acquisition affected those involved and what we can learn from their stories and apply today. Enter, my colleague, Ken Timmons. Thirty years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC, a...
This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team.
Stream music, share files, print documents and more with Bluetooth wireless technology.
Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that lets you connect computers and devices to each other without cables. Many people have devices—speakers, printers, smartphones, headphones and more—that are Bluetooth-enabled, yet don’t know how to take full advantage of this technology.
You can easily establish Bluetooth connections and “pair” devices to your Lenovo or Think system to transfer files, make hands-free phone calls and even stream music and movies.
Think of Bluetooth as your "personal area network”—a lighter version of more expansive WiFi networking. With it, you can use radio frequencies to connect devices that are within close proximity of each other.
Setting Up Bluetooth
“Pairing” a Bluetooth device to your system is easy to do. Here’s how to get it set up on a Windows 8.1 system:
First, be sure your Bluetooth-enabled device is turned on and ready for your computer to recognize it. You may want to check your manufacturer’s website for tips on how to make it “discoverable.”
Next, be sure your computer’s Bluetooth is turned on:
Swipe in from the right edge of your screen
Go to Settings, then Change PC settings
Tap or click PC and devices, then Bluetooth
Turn Bluetooth on
Wait while Windows searches for...
We are in beautiful San Francisco, CA for the VMworld 2014 Conference. Lenovo is a sponsor so come visit us in booth #523 where we have solutions and products that will help make your end-to-end virtualization efforts a success. From servers to thin clients, we can help you achieve your goals.
VMware always has new products to show BUT it wouldn’t be VMworld without great Lenovo devices and solutions. Come on by and talk to our specialists who can help address your toughest challenges. If you are in the midst of a virtualization initiative, make sure you check out our lineup of ThinkServer systems including our rack and tower servers. And ask about our new next-generation ThinkServer systems coming very soon. With this enterprise-ready lineup, we have solutions for a wide spectrum of customer requirements in industries such as Banking, Finance, Education, Medical and many others.
And don’t forget the desktop. One of the growing trends in the industry is the move toward desktop virtualization and our solutions will enable you to take full advantage of VMware's current and new offerings. VMware designed Horizon View so that access to your virtual desktop environment is smooth and fast. If you’re implementing a new project or expanding an existing one, now is the time to address your desktop virtualization requirements with Lenovo ThinkCentre M32 and ThinkCentre M73 Horizon View-certified thin clients. We launched the M32 at VMworld 2013 and it is one of the fastest-growing thin client...
IT planners and product designers are looking at products and data centers in new ways. They are exploring ideas such as a rack containing separate chassis for CPU, memory and storage in hyper-scale computing, or choosing best-of-breed solutions for each tier of an enterprise network. The reasons for exploring these ideas revolve around increasing flexibility in the infrastructure and reducing costs. Generically, this is called disaggregation.
Does it make sense to disaggregate your mainstream server?
The rate of technology change continues to accelerate. This means adding new capabilities into IT Infrastructures to support new strategic directions. However, integrating these new capabilities into the existing infrastructure can present challenges or missed opportunities.
Many times existing servers cannot take full advantage of new technologies. Embedded NICs can’t utilize the maximum throughput speed of a new switch, for instance. Perhaps it’s as simple as the fast new drives aren’t compatible with the drive bays. When it is possible to upgrade using PCIe cards or a similar option, you may still give up manageability or strand the onboard components.
When choosing servers in today’s world, it makes sense to find servers that can evolve with your infrastructure, without wasting resources or requiring you to buy extra capacity that may never be utilized. Disaggregation of key components may offer a better solution.
For more information, see the Lenovo ThinkServer Viewpoint, Server Disaggregation, and look for the new next-generation Lenovo ThinkServer systems coming soon.
This post was written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team.
Laptops are our gateways to all things online. Your high-powered Lenovo or Think notebook will follow you from home to office to coffee shops and back, hour after hour…as long as you take a few steps to maximize the battery’s power.
The good news is that your advanced Lenovo battery is engineered to adapt charge thresholds and keep the “juices” flowing. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting settings—it’s all done automatically based on your day-to-day usage.
But what if you have a long flight? Or can’t find a free power source at the coffee shop? In these instances, the key is finding ways to squeeze as much time as possible out of a single charge. Here are some easy ways to do it on a Windows 8.1 laptop:
1. Turn down the brightness on your screen
Your screen backlight uses a lot of battery juice, so turn it down to the lowest level you can comfortably handle. If your system doesn’t have a button or dial, you’ll need to turn off the automatic adjustment feature before reducing brightness:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen
Go to Settings, then Change PC settings
Tap or click PC and devices, then Display
If the “adjust my screen brightness automatically” slider is on, tap or click...
Almost every organization is either considering a private cloud or has already begun implementation. The host server architecture is a key component of the private cloud virtual infrastructure. The cost-performance sweet spot for virtualization hosting is typically an x86 server featuring two-socket multi-core processors.
Historically, virtualization scalability has been constrained by processor and memory limitations. However, advances in processor technology yield impressive virtualization ratios. With the virtual-to-physical ratios enabled by multi-core processor advances and supporting memory, it doesn’t matter what the size of the company is, everyone can benefit from a private cloud. Before you dismiss this as cloud washing, consider: a two-socket/twelve-core physical server based on the current Intel Xeon processor platform can theoretically support up to 192 virtual machines in a private cloud environment. Depending on the rack configuration (including servers, storage, networking and backup power), that’s the equivalent of four or five racks of servers supporting single applications now consolidated on a single server. Factor in the cost of power, cooling and physical maintenance and we’re considering serious savings that no one can afford to overlook.
However, relying solely on server processing and memory capacity is no longer the sole criteria for server selection. Server consolidation of this magnitude also requires significant network bandwidth to satisfy the demand of so many applications and services. Supported applications can become resource-starved while awaiting network response.
The network architecture of a server is frequently an overlooked topic and many organizations simply rely...
Do you ever need to transfer files quickly from one device to the other? Do you hate having to park files in the cloud, log in on the other device and download them? What if you aren’t connected to a network.
Now that problem is solved! SHAREit is the world’s fastest way to share photos, docs, files, folders and more across devices…even if you’re not connected to a network! SHAREit eliminates the need for cables to wirelessly transfer information rapidly between devices – either with friends, or to take your personal content on the go.
How does SHAREit work?
SHAREit is a cool little app. It’s simple, fast and really easy to use. You’ll love it. I use it every day to quickly transfer files and sometimes whole folders from one PC to another PC. Our family uses it to share photos they just took from phone to phone. No need to use your data plans, no need to even have a mobile signal, it just goes from phone to phone. Phone to phone, phone to PC, PC to PC, tablet to all and vice versa, it’s just that easy.
What Can You Share?
I can share everything with anyone that has the SHAREit app – pictures, videos, music files, documents, contacts…and even complete folders! It even maintains...
Have you heard anyone say the amount of data they need to store is going down? No? Me neither. In fact, data available for business use is growing exponentially. To remain competitive, businesses must evaluate differentiated storage strategies to ensure collected data can be cost effectively stored and analyzed.
With traditional centralized storage systems, the architecture uses a single controller head in a frame that provides access to tens or hundreds of drives. When the single controller becomes a bottleneck, or the maximum number of drives in the frame has been reached, it’s both costly and disruptive to upgrade.
Using a software-defined storage architecture is another way to design a storage system. This trending model uses a software layer to aggregate distributed direct-attached storage (DAS), which is normally captive to the server. Examples of this at the OS layer are Microsoft Windows Server Storage Spaces and VMware vSphere with vSAN. Benefits of distributed DAS architectures include lower acquisition costs through purchase of standardized hardware and pay-as-you-grow scalability.
Server hardware is an important consideration in distributed data solutions. Key attributes of a server used in these solutions are storage density with varied performance choices, plus robust network capability.
For more information, see the Lenovo ThinkServer ViewPoint - Distributed DAS and look for new next-generation Lenovo ThinkServer systems coming soon.
In this edition of the Lenovo ThinkServer blog, we wanted to shed some light on how Lenovo servers and workstations are being deployed for the high-performance computing (HPC) industry. Joining me in this discussion is Vertical Marketing Manager, Chris McCoy, from the Lenovo ThinkStation team.
Edgar: Hi Chris, can you tell us a bit about your work experience and how you see Lenovo ThinkStation fitting into the key verticals you manage? Also, do you see synergies with Lenovo ThinkServer?
Chris: Hey Edgar, it’s a pleasure to be here with you. To answer the first part of your question, I joined the Lenovo ThinkStation product team about 18 months ago. Prior to coming to Lenovo, I spent more than 15 years working for global IT solution providers in both the private and public sectors.
Lenovo has made tremendous investments in ThinkStation product engineering and critical technology partner alliances to devise, test and implement various hardware and software technologies in an effort to improve workflow and system performance as well as platform efficiencies. We do this to ensure that we’re designing and building platforms that can be tuned and configured to support very specific workflows across a very wide spectrum of customers, in industries such as Banking, Finance, Manufacturing, Architecture, Medical and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment and the Energy Sector.
To answer the second part of your question, in Lenovo, servers and workstations are built from the same Intel Xeon technology so there are many areas of overlap...