Products ThinkServer

What an exciting week at Oracle OpenWorld! We’re thrilled to have an unprecedented presence here, featuring our latest servers optimized for demanding Oracle workloads such as ERP, CRM and virtualization. We’re featuring new, validated solutions for Oracle 12c database running on Oracle VM or Oracle Linux for serious data-crunching analytics needs. And, the buzz about our new enterprise business is amazing!   The timing of this event is terrific. OpenWorld is the first industry show where we’re introducing our expanded Lenovo enterprise business, which includes our System x portfolio, our ThinkServer and storage portfolio as well as our validated solutions for Oracle. Our newest servers with the Intel Xeon E5 v3 family of processors are a big hit with attendees like DBAs who demand no-compromises, compute-intensive performance and value the 50 percent gen-to-gen performance gains. They love the cutting-edge technologies for ThinkServer systems such as Intel M2.SSDs and SanDisk PCIe flash...

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I think we’re at the point where I don’t need to explain SSDs and their importance in the enterprise environment. If you need a refresher though, you can read one of my previous blogs about the mainstream server use of SATA or SAS SSDs.  Why PCIe? There’s a new breed of SSD on the market that use the PCIe interface. Early adopters of this technology have been banks, the oil & gas industry and cloud companies that are buying PCIe accelerators — such as the ones made by Fusion IO — which fit in the traditional PCIe slots at the back of the system. PCIe has a big advantage over the latest 12Gbps SAS with double the bandwidth (our PCIe drives are x4 for about 30Gbps). And, because PCIe connects directly to the CPU, instead of having to go through PCIe to a SAS controller and then convert SAS to flash, there is a big improvement in latency. This is significant because the current generation of flash is so fast that it causes SAS to be the bottleneck. With PCIe 3.0, the speeds are fast enough to make the SSD controller —or the actual NAND — the bottleneck. Why Front Bays? Traditional PCIe drives plug into the server’s rear PCIe slots. This is problematic for two reasons: difficult thermal management and poor serviceability. The...

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Have you heard the great news? Lenovo recently announced two new rack systems and one new tower — the ThinkServer RD550, RD650 and TD350 — into our growing portfolio. While all of these new servers are noteworthy; today, I’m going to take you through the key features of the ThinkServer TD350 tower system. The tower market is extremely dynamic, so the two-socket TD350 is designed for the ultimate in performance, flexibility, reliability, and of course, awesomeness.   Our customers want high-performance tower servers that are versatile enough to handle workloads ranging from those found in SMBs to enterprise data centers. That’s why the TD350 tower was specifically designed for a diverse set of customers. With its incredibly dense 4U form factor, the two-socket TD350 tower is built using the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 family of processors, with a 60 percent increase in total cores over its predecessor. There are also 16 memory DIMM slots providing 512GB of DDR4 memory capacity, right-sized for many workloads. But wait, there’s more! The TD350 has internal storage capacity for up to 32 x 2.5” hard-disk drives or 15 x 3.5” hard-disk drives with a modular design that allows systems to grow based on customer needs. There are two M.2 solid-state drives (SSDs) for reliable, enterprise-class boot and two SD slots for even more hypervisor boot options. The TD350 also supports Lenovo’s AnyRAID technology. This...

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The University of Hawaii is committed to providing a challenging and engaging educational experience, while also promoting the development of ground-breaking educational research. One of the oldest schools within the University of Hawaii, the College of Education is made up of an estimated 1,600 students and 350 faculty members, and has been providing educational research, policy studies, curriculum development, professional development and educational services since 1888. With nearly 2,000 students and faculty logging on to the College of Education’s intranet site daily — and developing data-intense research projects — a high-speed, large-capacity storage solution was imperative. The College of Education’s IT staff needed a comprehensive, affordable and scalable storage solution that was also compatible with Ceph, an open-source storage technology. Already a satisfied Lenovo ThinkServer customer, the College of Education’s IT team immediately looked to Lenovo for a solution. They quickly discovered the Lenovo ThinkServer SA120 direct-attached storage (DAS) device offered an impressive array of features at a great value. With an innovative design supporting 12 x 3.5-inch high-capacity, front-accessible SAS drive bays and an optional four rear-panel 2.5-inch SSD bays, the SA120 DAS array...

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We've just launched the latest in high-performance enterprise server hardware with our Lenovo ThinkServer systems. In developing these systems, some of the challenge in hitting the highest performance levels has shifted from a focus on components, back to the system design and electronic packaging. Our next-gen ThinkServer systems use DDR4 DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) technology — the latest global standard for memory developed by the JEDEC industry standards body. DDR4 memory enables higher frequency operation and capacity with much lower power. In fact, customers can expect a significant increase in power efficiency with DDR4 vs. previous-generation DDR3 memory. In the enterprise space, customers require both the performance increase that higher memory bus frequency enables and the ability to scale up memory capacity (with more DRAM) to fit their applications' needs. However, with the high speeds used for DDR4, the memory interface design is especially sensitive to electrical loading (how many DRAM devices are attached). For higher memory capacity configurations, the memory bus speed normally must be reduced to make the electrical signaling reliable. In our new ThinkServer systems, we've innovated to better satisfy customers' needs for speed and space. We've designed enhanced memory interfaces that enable reliable, higher-frequency operation. After optimizing the memory interface on the server system board, our engineering...

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