ThinkServer SA120 DAS Enclosure
GUEST BLOG BY ANDREW JEFFRIES …..I sometimes use an idiom that my granny, Sarah Josephine, was fond of saying, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” I think it’s a funny saying to describe innovation that improves on what’s currently available. Now, that’s likely not exactly the definition my granny was thinking, but I’m in the technology business and it fits aptly. News this week from Lenovo’s enterprise group reminds me of Sarah Jo and her wise words. Lenovo announced four new enterprise ThinkServer products. Two enhanced two-processor rack servers, an all-new two processor tower server and an all-new direct-attached storage (DAS) enclosure. I’m going to talk first about the DAS enclosure because it’s my product and I know my granny would want it that way. Called the ThinkServer SA120, it’s brand-new and features both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drive bays in a single 2U enclosure. That’s a clever way to design a DAS enclosure and it’s currently unmatched by any other of the top server vendors. When Lenovo designed the ThinkServer SA120, it was about building a better mousetrap — addressing customers’ performance and storage needs in an intelligently designed DAS enclosure at a great price. All hail the improved mousetrap! Also very exciting news, Lenovo...
Lenovo ThinkServer TS440
Guest blog by Ken Timmons, ThinkServer Technical Marketing Manager -- Yes, really! In fact, Lenovo was the first server vendor to deliver entry-level servers with Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT) for out-of-band server management – the ability to manage servers regardless of their state. This is the same management functionality found in laptops and desktops with Intel vPro technology, such as Lenovo ThinkPad products. We believe this is the perfect systems management technology for customers that have little or no IT staff available, are using managed service providers to manage their overall environment (including PCs), or that need to manage servers located in remote locations. Principled Technologies, a technology assessment company, recently evaluated our ThinkServer TS440 tower server to see how effective AMT 9.0 was at supporting the tasks an IT administrator performs on a regular basis. Their conclusion? They found “… the Lenovo ThinkServer TS440 with Intel AMT 9.0 supported each of our eight use cases with ease.” And, “Leveraging Intel AMT 9.0, the ThinkServer TS440 proved to be well suited for businesses with constrained budgets…” You can read the full report here.
Lenovo ThinkServer Family
Guest blog by Michelle Brunk – Sr. Product Manager, ThinkServer Software ─ Yes! Lenovo, known primarily for our ThinkPad line of business laptops, has entered into the world of servers. We have been here for about five years, in fact. I get that question a lot, and my answer is usually met with a delayed reaction, while the following thought gets processed: “Lenovo makes servers…so I can buy servers from the same company that supplies the PCs my business relies on…hey this is great news!” Sometimes the follow up question is “Isn’t Lenovo is owned by…” Nope. Though we did start out by rebranding servers made by a close partner of ours (any guesses? It wasn’t a secret back then either). Over the years we have replaced the rebranded systems with our own Lenovo ThinkServer products, developed by our own teams. We started in our comfort zone, building up a respectable share of the x86 market in China. As we have gotten to know our customers and what they are looking for in entry tower, rack, and performance rack products, we have continued to refine our portfolio and introduce ThinkServer to the world. Our latest products, the ThinkServer RD540 and ThinkServer RD640, are designed specifically for customers looking for the latest technology without overspending for features they don’t need. Over the coming 12 months we are gearing up to introduce the next-generation, broader...
Lenovo R&D Center
This is a really exciting time to be at Lenovo. We are relatively new to the x86 server space and admittedly, we have a ways to go. But that’s also the great part. We get to figure it all out. It’s like being at a start-up, but with the backing of a $34B company. My area in Lenovo is called Enterprise Product Group or EPG as we affectionately refer to it. We just announced that we will invest approximately $100M in a state-of-the-art research and devleopment center in São Paulo, Brazil. The center is a first-of-a-kind for Lenovo, missioned with providing innovative, high-value software solutions, high-end servers, storage, cloud technologies and services to global markets. It joins other Lenovo enterprise design centers, which are located in the United States, Taiwan, and China. The São Paulo-based Lenovo R&D center will be installed at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) Science and Technology Park located roughly 60 miles from São Paulo City. This announcement strengthens Lenovo’s position as a market leader and continues to build on our enterprise credibility. Check out the press release for more information.
Extreme Networks Summit X440
Guest blog by Tom Ribble, Director, Lenovo EPG Marketing and Alliances. Back in July, (yes I know many of us will have to dig deep to remember that far back) we announced the formation of a global alliance with Extreme Networks, a leader in high-performance Ethernet switching. At Lenovo, we know we’re the newcomers in the x86 server space. In fact, many people don’t even know yet that Lenovo sells servers. (By the way, Lenovo also sells smart phones). Well, we’ve been working really hard this year to change that and are making great strides. We’re proud of the alliances we’re building with industry giants such as, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, and VMware. Extreme Networks is the latest in the list. Why partner with Extreme Networks you ask? Well, hopefully you asked because I’m going to tell you. First, Extreme Networks is focused specifically on switches, and providing innovation in this space. They make great products. Second, these switches have been thoroughly tested for compatibility with our rack servers. Third, because reliability is key, we strive for flawless implementation so your server/solution starts quickly and correctly and stays up and running smoothly. We have high expectations from our suppliers. All ThinkServer third-party suppliers must meet stringent quality standards for reliability in enterprise environments. We source the best products available and ensure they are living up to Lenovo standards....