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If you use CAD/CAE or just creative applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstations, and if there is a real timetable you should follow?  If so, here are four things to consider: 1) Design and creation activities are critical to your success, they represent your competitive advantage. This starts with you, the engineer and/or creative person who conceive the idea and the design. In addition, it includes the methods you use to design it, the software you use and the hardware that runs the software. Also very important, is how fast you design and create, as you can’t afford to get behind the competition, or miss a critical due date. All these things combine to give you a creative and innovative competitive edge. Both creation and schedules are two critical elements of your success. 2) Nothing is stagnant in this world, and this is true for the world of design and creativity. For example, new features are constantly being added to your design and the design is being shared in new ways using software like Product Life Cycle Management. Designers learn more from organizations like manufacturing and adapt their designs according to the latest technology trends available. In addition, the software they use changes, new revisions come out, new fixes and even additional software features to take into account. Designers want to know more about their design decisions and attach histories and notes to the design files. All of...

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for a workstation PC within the Media and Entertainment industry is trying to keep up with the ever-evolving technology trends.  Many of these trends were on display at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas; and they are shaping the way professionals do their work.  I want to highlight four specific technologies and the impact they are having on workflows. Thunderbolt 2 I/O At last year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) event, Intel® announced   Thunderbolt™ 2, the latest version of its Thunderbolt technology, with a bandwidth increase of up to 20Gb/s.  At this year’s NAB show, Intel takes Thunderbolt 2 capability even further, with the addition of Thunderbolt™Networking, a new and exciting way to directly connect computers together with a standard Thunderbolt cable.  Thunderbolt supported workstation-class systems are emerging. Workstation vendors are now introducing Thunderbolt as a standard I/O config. Lenovo has started shipping its ThinkPad W540 with a Thunderbolt port. We can expect Lenovo desktop workstations with Thunderbolt in the near future. Industry veteran, Gary Adcock, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) for USA Networks’ new television series Sirens, goes further stating: “Thunderbolt 2 has fundamentally changed both our Production and Post workflows, while allowing us to perform the most data intensive...

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Guest blog by Stephen Miller, Lenovo Ambassador and SMB champion In many ways, there have never been better opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to grow. Globalization means potential customers don’t have to live near a company’s facilities or even within the same country. Fewer market barriers and better communication options mean it is easier than ever to reach a worldwide audience, collaborate with far-flung co-workers and generally expand the boundaries of the business. The rise of social media has helped bring customers closer, while opening new marketing opportunities. Social platforms allow businesses to be more targeted and effective in their communications, and enable SMBs to interact directly and immediately with customers. At the same time, smart connected devices like tablets and smartphones make social media interactions easier than ever. Expensive office space is no longer an absolute requirement. The growth of smart devices and cloud computing enables employees to run business applications and access work-related files anytime, anywhere. Today it is possible for remote workers to be productive virtually anywhere in the world. The big question is, “How do SMBs take best advantage of the highly-connected mobile workforce and the ability to interact with customers in an instant?” One answer is to leverage 3 emerging technologies that are fast becoming must-haves for today’s successful SMBs....

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ThinkStation D30 Workstation with 30

ThinkStation D30 Workstation with 30" Lenovo Monitor

Guest blog by Chris McCoy, Vertical Marketing Manager, ThinkStation The Lenovo ThinkStation brand has long been known for its superior performance and reliability in the Manufacturing, Financial, and Media and Entertainment industries. But did you know that Lenovo has been quietly working to support highly complex and robust workflows for some of the world’s largest Energy, Utility, and Oil & Gas companies? Today’s Oil & Gas companies have to work quickly and accurately to determine which leases hold vast amounts of precious petrochemicals and which are simply full of saltwater and nonporous rocks.  The gamble is huge. The stakes are high. And the software that Geologists and Geophysicists use to find these reservoirs have become highly robust and parallel. They often utilize numerous algorithms to process vast amounts of seismic and geological data in mere milliseconds.   The workstations that support these application workloads must scale far beyond a typical multi-core platform. They must be designed to support dozens of cores, up to 512GB of memory, the fastest storage and I/O technologies, as well as highly advanced Nvidia GPUs and co-processing technologies.  Over the last year, the Lenovo ThinkStation team has worked diligently with industry-leading exploration software companies (such as Schlumberger, Paradigm, TerraSpark and FFA) to test and certify Lenovo’s ThinkStation platforms to support these critical...

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ThinkStation workstations racked at Render Farm

ThinkStation workstations racked at Render Farm

While talking with a colleague, Allen Tang, Media and Entertainment Vertical Marketing Manager, I recently learned about an exciting ThinkStation customer relationship with Mili Pictures.  A growing animation movie & TV series production and training agency based in China, Mili Pictures is currently producing its first 3D animation movie Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon. What I found most intriguing about the relationship between Lenovo and Mili Pictures is the creation of the Mili Pictures Render Farm, a rendering cluster developed with Lenovo ThinkStation workstations. Mili Pictures is poised to make significant investments over the next several years and has an aggressive movie production schedule ahead of them. The company’s plans will call for completing movies, on average, within a six month time span. Therefore, it is critical that Mili Pictures minimizes workload related to operating, maintaining, and filing digital media assets. To fulfill this demand, Lenovo designed hardware systems for Mili Pictures that effectively manage their front-end visual designing, back-end rendering and production. This “farm” solution consists of 249 Lenovo ThinkStation workstations. Mili Pictures relies on the ThinkStation C30 for rendering, animation and post production, while the ThinkStation S30 and E31...

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