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This blog is a collaboration between Annabelle Thuan and Ken Timmons. Annabelle has had several roles at Lenovo and currently works in WW ThinkServer marketing. Ken also works in WW ThinkServer marketing at Lenovo, but many years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC.  Annabelle: The year was 2005—astronomers discovered the dwarf planet Eris, Condeleeza Rice was sworn in as U.S Secretary of State, and Lenovo was expanding its global mergers and acquisitions footprint by acquiring IBM’s PC business. Much like the market buzz surrounding Lenovo’s current acquisition of IBM’s x86 (Intel-based) server business, the 2005 PC deal raised questions as to how Lenovo would turnaround a division that IBM had labeled a non-strategic business. Of course, we know the moral to the ThinkPad tale—in eight years, Lenovo catapulted ThinkPad’s meager seven percent worldwide share into the undisputed global PC leader at more than 18 percent share (*IDC Worldwide, PC Quarterly Tracker, 2Q13). This is how ThinkPad became the ubiquitous black box choice of enterprise and small business alike. It’s also how I was introduced to the brand when handed a ThinkPad for work in the early 2000s. What we don’t know is how the acquisition affected those involved and what we can learn from their stories and apply today. Enter, my colleague, Ken Timmons. Thirty years ago, he was one of the engineers on the original IBM PC, a...

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ThinkServer Booth at VMworld 2014

ThinkServer Booth at VMworld 2014

We are in beautiful San Francisco, CA for the VMworld 2014 Conference. Lenovo is a sponsor so come visit us in booth #523 where we have solutions and products that will help make your end-to-end virtualization efforts a success. From servers to thin clients, we can help you achieve your goals.  VMware always has new products to show BUT it wouldn’t be VMworld without great Lenovo devices and solutions. Come on by and talk to our specialists who can help address your toughest challenges. If you are in the midst of a virtualization initiative, make sure you check out our lineup of ThinkServer systems including our rack and tower servers. And ask about our new next-generation ThinkServer systems coming very soon. With this enterprise-ready lineup, we have solutions for a wide spectrum of customer requirements in industries such as Banking, Finance, Education, Medical and many others. And don’t forget the desktop. One of the growing trends in the industry is the move toward desktop virtualization and our solutions will enable you to take full advantage of VMware's current and new offerings. VMware designed Horizon View so that access to your virtual desktop environment is smooth and fast. If you’re implementing a new project or expanding an existing one, now is the time to address your desktop virtualization requirements with Lenovo

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IT planners and product designers are looking at products and data centers in new ways. They are exploring ideas such as a rack containing separate chassis for CPU, memory and storage in hyper-scale computing, or choosing best-of-breed solutions for each tier of an enterprise network. The reasons for exploring these ideas revolve around increasing flexibility in the infrastructure and reducing costs. Generically, this is called disaggregation. Does it make sense to disaggregate your mainstream server? The rate of technology change continues to accelerate. This means adding new capabilities into IT Infrastructures to support new strategic directions. However, integrating these new capabilities into the existing infrastructure can present challenges or missed opportunities. Many times existing servers cannot take full advantage of new technologies. Embedded NICs can’t utilize the maximum throughput speed of a new switch, for instance. Perhaps it’s as simple as the fast new drives aren’t compatible with the drive bays. When it is possible to upgrade using PCIe cards or a similar option, you may still give up manageability or strand the onboard components. When choosing servers in today’s world, it makes sense to find servers that can evolve with your infrastructure, without wasting resources or requiring you to buy extra capacity that may never be utilized. Disaggregation of key components may offer a better solution. For more...

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Almost every organization is either considering a private cloud or has already begun implementation. The host server architecture is a key component of the private cloud virtual infrastructure. The cost-performance sweet spot for virtualization hosting is typically an x86 server featuring two-socket multi-core processors. Historically, virtualization scalability has been constrained by processor and memory limitations. However, advances in processor technology yield impressive virtualization ratios. With the virtual-to-physical ratios enabled by multi-core processor advances and supporting memory, it doesn’t matter what the size of the company is, everyone can benefit from a private cloud. Before you dismiss this as cloud washing, consider: a two-socket/twelve-core physical server based on the current Intel Xeon processor platform can theoretically support up to 192 virtual machines in a private cloud environment. Depending on the rack configuration (including servers, storage, networking and backup power), that’s the equivalent of four or five racks of servers supporting single applications now consolidated on a single server. Factor in the cost of power, cooling and physical maintenance and we’re considering serious savings that no one can afford to overlook. However, relying solely on server processing and memory capacity is no longer the sole criteria for...

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Have you heard anyone say the amount of data they need to store is going down?  No?  Me neither. In fact, data available for business use is growing exponentially. To remain competitive, businesses must evaluate differentiated storage strategies to ensure collected data can be cost effectively stored and analyzed. With traditional centralized storage systems, the architecture uses a single controller head in a frame that provides access to tens or hundreds of drives. When the single controller becomes a bottleneck, or the maximum number of drives in the frame has been reached, it’s both costly and disruptive to upgrade. Using a software-defined storage architecture is another way to design a storage system. This trending model uses a software layer to aggregate distributed direct-attached storage (DAS), which is normally captive to the server. Examples of this at the OS layer are Microsoft Windows Server Storage Spaces and VMware vSphere with vSAN.  Benefits of distributed DAS architectures include lower acquisition costs through purchase of standardized hardware and pay-as-you-grow scalability.  Server hardware is an important consideration in distributed data solutions. Key attributes of a server used in these solutions are storage density with varied performance choices, plus robust network capability.  For more information, see the

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