Products ThinkServer & System x

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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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 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...

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Well it has been nearly two months since Lenovo announced its new line of P Series ThinkStation workstations at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, and the overwhelming response from the industry has been...WOW! Well, the Lenovo Workstation team shows no signs of slowing down as they steam roll ahead to SEG 2014. For those of you who may not know much about SEG, I’ll help by giving you some background on the event. Since 1930, the Society of Exploration Geophysics has brought together the very best in commercial scientific practices, academic research, and new technology to help drive innovation and efficiencies in oil & gas exploration and near surface geosciences. Each year the annual event draws nearly 35,000 commercial and academic professionals, from over 350 leading companies, government agencies, and educational and research institutions to participate in the extensive technical program, conference and technology exhibit.  As technology and industry leaders, we at Lenovo are very proud to be part of this year’s exhibition and, as you might expect, we have a TON of great exciting technologies to show off to show goers and attendees. So what exactly does Lenovo have planned for SEG, you might ask?  The answers is of course, lots, and lots, and wait for it…LOTS, of ThinkStation P series. That’s right, attendees at the event will actually get an opportunity to get hands on with the entire P Series line...

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