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According to the Columbus Motor Speedway, in 1957, Jim Cushman decimated the field of sprint car drivers. He added a large wing to his car so he could go around corners much faster by keeping the wheels on the ground. Some would say that he had an unfair advantage. There are a few things I like about this story. First, Cushman believed in finding a better way – and did. Second, he started with a great base, and made it better. Third, his improvements involved a small investment compared to the cost of the overall solution, and paid off big. Let’s be honest here. Wouldn’t we all like to have an unfair advantage from time to time when it really counts? Principled Technologies, Inc. (PT) recently published a paper showing how you can get your own unfair advantage in a Microsoft Exchange Server environment. In this study, PT tested a Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 and a Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 direct-attached storage array to determine the maximum number of mailbox users the platform could support. The answer was an impressive 3,800 users — a very solid base — just like the car that Cushman started with. For the next step, PT tested the “unfair advantage”. By...

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Interview by Worldwide Lenovo ThinkServer Marketing Manager, Annabelle Thuan. The Lenovo ThinkServer line began in 2008 with the release of the ThinkServer TS100. In six years, the business has gained momentum and grown exponentially. With recent news on Lenovo acquiring IBM’s x86 server business, Lenovo executives being quoted, “Attack the Rack”, and today marking Lenovo’s final product launch to round out its fourth-generation ThinkServer portfolio, we wanted to know exactly where Lenovo stands with its latest product addition, the ThinkServer RS140. How does the RS140 rack server fit into Lenovo’s current product portfolio, what are its differentiators and who will benefit from this product? To assist in this discussion, we posed a number of questions to Worldwide Lenovo ThinkServer Enterprise Portfolio Manager, Edgar Haren. Annabelle: What is your professional background? Edgar: I guess I’m a bit of a technology renaissance man. I’ve been in the technology sector for more than 18 years, and I’ve been fortunate to have a variety of roles along the way. My first job was building PCs for a local Value Added Reseller (VAR) in Houston. From there, I was in outbound marketing at BMC Software and then in Product Management for Hewlett Packard in their notebook and HPC server divisions. Prior to coming to Lenovo, I was working at Oracle where I was on the Product Marketing team for their x86 systems. ...

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Lenovo’s Virtual Desktop Client Ecosystem

Lenovo’s Virtual Desktop Client Ecosystem

According to research by TechNavio, the forecast for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the US is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 8.47 percent over the 2014-2018 period. Likewise, according to The 451 Group, the US desktop virtualization ecosystem market is estimated at $5.6 billion by 2016. (This includes server, client and cloud-based hosting; session-based computing; application virtualization; management). The rapid growth of VDI has been spurred by recent software and hardware technologies that have elevated the virtual desktop experience through significant performance gains. Technologies such as NVIDIA’s Grid GPUs, Fusion-io accelerators, improved hypervisor software and greater server compute power have opened up the viability of VDI from task-oriented users to power users and designers. These technologies have allowed companies to increase the total available market for VDI by extending the model across larger portions of their corporations. There are many benefits to a virtual desktop infrastructure deployment: Facilitated Management - Centralized management of all your desktops and improved control over what is installed on/used on the desktops. Improved Security – IT administrators can lock down the image from external devices and prevent data from being copied to a local device. VDI also provides remote users or ultra-mobile employees with peace of mind, as sensitive data is stored on servers in a data center vs. directly on...

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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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