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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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This is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team After buying your new PC or tablet, we know you can't wait to get it up and running. If you’re new to Lenovo or are getting used to a new device and the Windows 8.1 operating system, follow these 10 steps for a seamless experience. Everything listed below can also be done directly through the Lenovo Companion app, which is preloaded on all Lenovo Windows 8.1 devices, so be sure to go there first! 1.  Get to Know Your New PC Lenovo Companion will be your go-to app for everything related to your new device. You’ll find your system’s user guide, warranty status, accessories, plus dozens of helpful articles on everything from learning Windows 8.1 to squeezing more hours from your battery. You’ll also find information about the modern apps preloaded on your system to make the things you do every day faster, easier and more enjoyable. So before you head over to the Windows Store, explore the apps that are preloaded on your device and check out the 

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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 is part of a weekly series featuring content written by the Lenovo Companion App Content Team 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...

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