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High availability (HA) for data or applications is critical for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), regardless of industry. Building an HA solution based on a storage area network (SAN) is the common response; however, SANs are prohibitively costly and complex for many SMBs and remote or branch offices. Now, there’s a better way. Lenovo has partnered with LSI to provide an affordable, high-availability server cluster solution. It offers the failover and storage capabilities of a traditional SAN-based solution, at a direct-attached storage (DAS) price point — with easy deployment features that are perfect for small businesses. This HA solution couples LSI Syncro adapters with renowned LSI MegaRAID technology, the latest virtualization and failover clustering management capabilities from Microsoft Server 2012 R2, and is built on highly scalable ThinkServer systems and ThinkServer DAS. EASY DEPLOYMENT. SEAMLESS APPLICATION FAILOVER High-availability SAN solutions can be difficult to buy, install and manage. LSI Syncro with ThinkServer systems offers a compelling alternative that’s easy for a system administrator to deploy, using a cleverly designed ThinkServer DAS, easy-to-manage ThinkServer rack servers and familiar MegaRAID manageability. It’s a terrific, cost-effective HA solution for SMBs,...

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I bet you didn’t know that this year, there are seven billion mobile devices being used on a daily basis. This mobile explosion has been the catalyst for the doubling of data created and consumed every two years. IDC shows that in 2009, there was 0.8ZB of data stored vs.35.2ZB predicted for 2020. This bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has led to the creation of massive amounts of unstructured data. The bulk — 70 percent of this data — falls into the segments of file and object storage. All this data has to be stored and many companies are struggling to keep pace with the rising cost of storage expansion. To help with that, I’ve compiled a list of why customers should consider direct-attached storage (DAS) — specifically a JBOD device (Just A Bunch of Disks) for their growing storage needs. Top 5 Reasons Why A JBOD Can Be Your JBUD I mentioned above that 70 percent of the data being created today is file and object storage. This means that the vast majority of data has a large footprint, but most importantly, is rarely utilized — indicating that the key parameter of a storage solution for this segment is cost/terabyte. I recently spoke to a customer in the medical industry who indicated that 65 percent of their stored data had not been accessed once in three years! Would you want to spend a lot of money to store data that is “cold” or “cool”? According to IDC, the operational cost of...

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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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