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If you’re running intensive database workloads on your ThinkServer rack servers and need a performance boost, consider the Porsche 911 (Type 930). Think that’s a puzzling analogy? Read on... My favorite car is the iconic Porsche 911, specifically the Type 930 model, which premiered in 1975 with a dramatic “whale tail” rear spoiler and astonishing acceleration. The Type 930 was the first Porsche 911 offered with a turbocharger and it forever changed the way we think of high performance in an amazing sports car. For decades before 1975, the Porsche 911 enjoyed legendary track success at Le Mans, the GT2 and GT3 race circuits with a non-aspirated 2.7L engine. Relentless in their desire to increase performance and efficiency, Porsche welcomed the 1975 new year with an all-new turbocharged 3.0L engine with 190 kW/260HP output. This remarkable engine delivered 20 percent greater power than its predecessor. It featured neck-bending acceleration and provided Porsche with a formidable race platform for many years to follow. You may ask, “While that’s an interesting Porsche history lesson, how does it relate to ThinkServer rack servers running my database apps today?” This week, Lenovo announced new PCIe flash-based workload accelerators for select ThinkServer systems, leveraging ioMemory technology from

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SMB server room nightmare

SMB server room nightmare

GUEST BLOG BY EDGAR HAREN...When you look at the layout and design of today’s data centers, you’ll notice a drastic contrast between the data center’s of large corporations and those of SMBs. In fact, there are even major differences between the large internet, software and service providers and other larger enterprises. On one side, you have large organizations where the bulk of their IT infrastructure is their business. On the other, you have firms that see IT more as a cost center. These companies — such as Facebook and Google — have state-of-the-art data centers, often placed in strategic locations where they can utilize specific resources to help reduce their power and cooling costs. These firms also tend to design and implement their own IT infrastructure. A step closer to the middle are large capital firms who have more standard data centers with branded compute and storage IT elements whose primary focus is on reducing their capital expenditures (CAPEX) and up-front acquisition costs. Finally, there are SMBs with a polar opposite “data center” experience where they are often forced to convert traditional office space into a makeshift IT footprint. For smaller firms, investing in servers, storage, networking and software can be a painful experience as the primary financial stakeholders may not understand the necessity or importance of this expensive investment for their daily operations. Many smaller companies...

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While watching The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights — or anytime day or night on TBS for that matter — I wondered why the show makes me laugh. I truly enjoy the geek speak, but it’s the personalities of the characters that really drive the series’ success. Removing any one of the characters would drastically change the show, and possibly its overall success. Is there a Big Bang Theory without Sheldon? Or a Modern Family without Cam? Or even a Seinfeld without Kramer? (I shudder at the thought!) Just as keeping the cast intact is important to a show’s success, keeping your data intact is paramount to the success of your business or your personal life. How many of us are cluelessly computing away, blissfully ignorant of the “what-if” scenario. What if my hard drive fails? What if my year-long project report is corrupted? What if the world never knew, “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock” for crying out loud!??  I, too, have been a victim of this disaster. My home computer’s hard drive wouldn’t boot, no matter what I tried to do. The issue was a bad physical sector — a dead hard drive in laymen’s terms. All of the information on that drive was gone; music, pictures, tax returns, financial statements, you know the typical stuff we don’t want prying eyes to see. There are few things worse than the empty feeling you get when your data has evaporated. The personal loss was so...

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As you head to Accelerate 2014 this week, think about the smartphone, tablet or desktop you carry with you. Think about how important those devices are, and how it would affect you if you broke or lost of one of them. In recent years, with our increased reliance on cloud computing, we’ve been led to believe the hardware is not that important. All that matters is the data. But what if you have just taken some photos or written a new report that you didn’t back up before the device malfunctioned or got lost? You certainly wouldn’t question the importance of the hardware then. We all carry unique data in our devices that we want to keep safe and secure. It’s easier to do that if the devices used to store the data are durable and dependable. The quality of the hardware is quintessential to our satisfaction and happiness with the device. You’ve told us you want device diversity and innovation, and we will show our commitment to both. While our competitors change their minds on what platforms and devices to support, we have been busy assembling a diverse portfolio of devices to address the needs and preferences of all end users. Our growing portfolio includes servers, workstations, desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and convertible PCs that combine tablet and notebook features. As our business partners, you can leverage the diversity in our portfolio to consult with customers and help them match devices to the specific needs...

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Guest blog by Ken Timmons . . . Are your server applications running slowly? Are your end users waiting for database queries to finish? The ability of your server’s storage system to process I/O requests may be at fault. While capacity and cost per gigabyte of server hard-disk drives (HDDs) has improved at a rapid pace, I/O performance has not. Unfortunately, techniques to increase the performance usually involve adding more HDDs or more servers, which can add unwanted complexity and higher management costs. The good news is that there are alternative, cost-effective solutions. Working with partners Intel and LSI, Lenovo simulated a server online transaction database workload to evaluate performance improvements that could be obtained through solid-state drive (SSD) use. Several configurations were tested, including an all-SSD array using Intel Data Center Family SSDs, and an SSD array accelerated with LSI FastPath acceleration software. In a final scenario, we used LSI CacheCade 2.0 software to create a hybrid array, where SSDs were used as read/write cache with the existing HDD array. As expected, the tests showed that using an all-SSD...

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