Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com/news2014-10-22T13:57:11+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/products/lenovo-oracle-a-partnership-of-growthEdgar Haren2014-10-22T13:57:11+00:00
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 Oracle software with mid-market customers. Lenovo System x solutions are designed for today’s most challenging workloads including database, OLTP and ERP workloads. Lenovo ThinkServer solutions offer hardware that meet the economics associated with cloud deployments or infrastructure as a service (IaaS), as a means to serve applications and middleware such as CRM, CMM and in-house software packages. Lenovo also provides Oracle the ability to expand its presence in China. For Lenovo, the partnership offers the opportunity to work with a leading independent software vendor, while enabling the ability to begin initiatives surrounding jointly developed solutions.
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Remember the days of car adapters and power outlets? How quaint.
Today’s USB (universal serial bus) connectors let you charge and connect everything from smartphones to quirky gadgets to your PC or tablet. These ports have become so universal they’re often passed out like candy at conferences.
And now there’s the reversible USB Type-C connector. Forbes has named it “the most important technology to hit the tech space in years.”
The tech-savvy are dubbing it “one cable to connect them all.”
So, what exactly is this exciting new technology and why should you care about it? To understand why a small device will be such a big deal, you’ll first need a brief lesson on the history of USBs.
First, there are the types:
USB Type-A is the original standard with a flat, rectangular shape that most commonly plugs into desktops.
USB Type-B is a smaller square form used mostly for connecting large devices like printers to PCs.
There are also Mini USBs (used with older devices) and Micro USBs (currently the near-universal standard for smart phones and tablets.)
Most consumers have become accustomed to cords that have one USB type on one end (to plug into a desktop, for instance) and a different type on the other (for connecting to peripheral devices)....
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Getting a new computer is an exciting undertaking. The possibilities of faster computing speed, more space and more organized files await you, as soon as you boot up for the first time. As does the prospect of moving all your old files to your new PC.
If you’re not sure where to start, following is an overview of the steps you should take when moving data from one PC to another – and some of the options available for transferring those files.
1. Archive and put your older files in storage
The first question you should ask yourself before you transfer is whether you really need all your old files on your new PC. After you’ve done a thorough job of deleting the files you no longer need, you should definitely archive important files older than three years (or sooner, if needed). Depending on the size of your files, you can save them onto discs, USB storage, an external hard drive or online/cloud-based storage. To archive the most files possible, consider compressing your files using applications such as Zip or Stuffit.
Once your older files are deleted and archived, you can more easily organize your remaining files and folder structures, so that your new PC will be easier to navigate.
2. Backup before you transfer
When it comes to your personal files, it’s always better to be safe...
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 space and money with non-removable onboard 1GbE, and you can configure your ThinkServer with one or two “Lenovo ThinkServer X540-T2 AnyFabric 10Gb 2 Port Base-T Ethernet Adapters by Intel” and you’re good to go — without using...
Guest blog by Tin-Lup Wong, Distinguished Engineer and Executive Director, Strategic Technology and Innovation Center (STIC), PC Product Group.
Today, we announced the new YOGA 3 Pro, taking another step in advancing the 360® hinge design we pioneered in 2012 with the original YOGA convertible PC. The new six watchband hinge helps make the laptop 17 percent thinner and 14 percent lighter than its predecessor and also lets you lay it completely flat at 180 degrees.
Making a strong and durable – yet extremely flexible – hinge is something we know well. In previous YOGA models, we designed a dual-hinge system made of zinc alloy. So, you might wonder, why make a new hinge?
YOGA users and consumers told us they prioritize thin and light features, so we challenged ourselves to continue to shave millimeters off the design – and to do that, we created the new watchband hinge. Constructed from steel and aluminum, the new hinge provides the same degree of flexibility and flatness of a metallic watchband due to its six flexion points. For the full specs, you can read the press release here, and see the full functionality in action in this video.
The Hinge Lift Test
To make sure the hinge withstands the wear and tear of mobile users, we put it through the same Hinge Life test as our other YOGA models – more than 20,000 cycles of opening and shutting. But we didn’t stop there. We put it through seven more tests to make sure it withstands...
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...
Everyone remembers their first day of school jitters, right?
You have your outfit all picked out the night before – maybe you even bought a new pair of shoes.
You wake up incredibly early because you have tossed and turned all night over the excitement of what the new school year would bring. No? Just me?
Even if last week did not bring about the same type of excitement for you as it did me, I think everyone can agree that it truly feels like the start of something new.
Thursday, October 2 and the days leading up to last week remind me of how I felt the first day of school or starting my first “real” job. I remember vividly starting high school and being so nervous that I would be sitting by myself in the cafeteria or that I would not recognize at least one familiar face in a class. Regardless of if you are a scared 14-year-old girl sitting in a history class or a 30+ year-old woman walking the halls of a familiar company, you still want to make sure you have a friend to sit with in the cafeteria.
While walking into new Lenovo Building 8 last week, I was brought back to the time when the unknown was a scary place. But this time around, the unknown brought excitement and a huge smile as I walked past so many unfamiliar faces. As I opened the doors to the employee entrance, a...
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Your Windows 8/8.1 Lenovo system comes packed with state-of-the-art applications that make the things you do every day faster, easier and more enjoyable. Here are four you don’t want to miss:
Our most popular app makes data sharing faster than ever. SHAREit lets you send huge files from PC to smartphone to tablet using a direct connection at remarkably high speed (up to 40 times faster than Bluetooth). And it works across Android, iOS and Windows. There's no need to carry around a USB key anymore.
With SHAREit, you can quickly transfer even your biggest files to friends’ and coworkers’ devices when they have the app installed and are within close range, without the need for a mobile or network connection. Devices connect directly without wires, and automatically find each other when in range. You can share pictures, videos, documents, contacts and more without worrying about file size limits. It’s fast, free and user-friendly.
Read more about SHAREit in this blog post.
Since you’ve been reading some content from the Lenovo Companion app over the past several weeks here on Lenovo Blogs, this app doesn’t need too much of an introduction. We know your system’s best features should be easy to access and understand. With Companion, they are.
This app is filled with exclusive content...
I was lucky enough today to catch Lenovo Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Gerry Smith, and Senior Vice President Enterprise Systems, Adalio Sanchez, to discuss the Lenovo and System x integration. Here’s what they had to say.
Q: Gerry, this is an exciting day for Lenovo and specifically the Enterprise Business Group. Can you expand on that?
A: You’re absolutely right. Today marks one of the most significant days at Lenovo. And for many of us, history is repeating itself. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC division and last year, we reached number one in PCs globally. Now, we’re leading the market transformation in what we call our “Plus” strategy and moving towards our goal of becoming the biggest computer maker in the world — whether the device is a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet or a server.
The acquisition of the IBM x86 server business presents an enormous strategic opportunity. The acquisition will immediately catapult Lenovo to number three in worldwide revenue market share and we will become the leading x86 server vendor in China. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and I am so proud to be a part of it.
Q: Adalio, what do you see as the greatest opportunities for the combined businesses?
A: First, let me say that the strengths of our two companies are complementary. True to our System x heritage, we will continue to leverage R&D — organic R&D ...
What an exciting week at Oracle OpenWorld! We’re thrilled to have an unprecedented presence here, featuring our latest servers optimized for demanding Oracle workloads such as ERP, CRM and virtualization. We’re featuring new, validated solutions for Oracle 12c database running on Oracle VM or Oracle Linux for serious data-crunching analytics needs. And, the buzz about our new enterprise business is amazing!
The timing of this event is terrific. OpenWorld is the first industry show where we’re introducing our expanded Lenovo enterprise business, which includes our System x portfolio, our ThinkServer and storage portfolio as well as our validated solutions for Oracle. Our newest servers with the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family of processors are a big hit with attendees like DBAs who demand no-compromises, compute-intensive performance and value the 50 percent gen-to-gen performance gains. They love the cutting-edge technologies for ThinkServer systems such as Intel M2.SSDs and SanDisk PCIe flash storage for incredible IOPS performance.
We’re hearing a lot of ThinkServer excitement from solution architects seeking a highly scalable platform, enormous density and clever I/O modularity for tiered storage deployments. Our newest ThinkServer systems are a great solution for their needs, with exclusive AnyBay, AnyRAID and AnyFabric technologies for unmatched I/O expansion and storage density.
And, the excitement isn’t limited to our ThinkServer systems. The System x3850 X6 is garnering heaps of praise and excitement here, with its agile chassis design, mammoth 4-socket compute...