Products ThinkServer

Dual processors, 24 DIMM slots, 12 drive bays and up to three PCIe slots (plus two AnyFabric slots) in a rack form factor. I know. It sounds like a 2U rack server, right? With the Lenovo ThinkServer RD550 though, you get the performance and capacity of a 2U system in a 1U form factor. This means you can tackle more strenuous workloads while saving precious rack space. The ThinkServer RD550 is the latest two-socket 1U general-purpose server with high performance and I/O expandability for space-constrained environments. It’s designed with up to two of the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and super-fast DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 2133 MT/s. With the RD550, you can choose between two chassis: 12 front 2.5-inch drive bays or four front 3.5-inch drive bays with two additional rear 2.5-inch drive bays. Designed to be flexible and modular, the RD550 comes with Lenovo AnyRAID technology for advanced RAID protection and up to two Lenovo AnyFabric slots giving you enormous bandwidth potential. In fact, the RD550 can house up to eight 10 Gb Ethernet ports — without taking up any of the available PCIe slots. If you include network adapters in the available slots, that’s a lot of bandwidth in a slim 1U server. There’s even an option for four 10 Gb Ethernet ports with two 16 Gb Fibre Channel ports at the same time — without using any of the PCIe slots — an industry first. That means you have up to three free PCIe slots to use...

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Everyone remembers their first day of school jitters, right? You have your outfit all picked out the night before – maybe you even bought a new pair of shoes. You wake up incredibly early because you have tossed and turned all night over the excitement of what the new school year would bring. No? Just me?  Even if last week did not bring about the same type of excitement for you as it did me, I think everyone can agree that it truly feels like the start of something new.  Thursday, October 2 and the days leading up to last week remind me of how I felt the first day of school or starting my first “real” job. I remember vividly starting high school and being so nervous that I would be sitting by myself in the cafeteria or that I would not recognize at least one familiar face in a class. Regardless of if you are a scared 14-year-old girl sitting in a history class or a 30+ year-old woman walking the halls of a familiar company,  you still want to make sure you have a friend to sit with in the cafeteria.  While walking into new Lenovo Building 8 last week, I was brought back to the time when the unknown was a scary place. But this time around, the unknown brought excitement and a huge smile as I walked past so many unfamiliar faces. As I opened the doors to the employee entrance, a handful of smiling faces in bright red t-shirts greeted me as they were welcoming our new friends and directing them where to go once they...

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I was lucky enough today to catch Lenovo Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Group, Gerry Smith, and Senior Vice President Enterprise Systems, Adalio Sanchez, to discuss the Lenovo and System x integration. Here’s what they had to say. Q: Gerry, this is an exciting day for Lenovo and specifically the Enterprise Business Group. Can you expand on that? A: You’re absolutely right. Today marks one of the most significant days at Lenovo. And for many of us, history is repeating itself. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC division and last year, we reached number one in PCs globally. Now, we’re leading the market transformation in what we call our “Plus” strategy and moving towards our goal of becoming the biggest computer maker in the world — whether the device is a laptop, a smartphone, a tablet or a server. The acquisition of the IBM x86 server business presents an enormous strategic opportunity. The acquisition will immediately catapult Lenovo to number three in worldwide revenue market share and we will become the leading x86 server vendor in China.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and I am so proud to be a part of it. Q: Adalio, what do you see as the greatest opportunities for the combined businesses? A: First, let me say that the strengths of our two companies are complementary. True to our System x heritage, we will continue to leverage R&D — organic R&D — to innovate for our...

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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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