Products ThinkServer & System x

The Supercomputing Conference 2014 (SC14) is taking place in New Orleans from November 16-20 and is focused on high-performance computing (HPC). HPC innovations are helping to solve some of the world’s toughest problems and have far reaching impact in a wide range of industries, including automotive, finance, electronics, pharmaceuticals, government and big data analytics. For more than two decades, the Supercomputing Conference has been the place to build and share the advancements that are making life-changing discoveries possible. Lenovo will be making its debut at SC14 with a big splash showcasing our latest System x HPC innovations, solutions and live demonstrations. While we may be the newest global HPC company, we are by no means new to HPC. You see, Lenovo recently acquired the IBM System x business and along with it our team of HPC experts from around the world. So we are the same people and products you trust, but now we’re part of a $39 billion global Fortune 500 company, committed to our clients and leading the way in providing innovative consumer, commercial, enterprise and HPC technology. We look forward to meeting with you at SC14 and addressing your HPC needs.   Not sure what you need or what we can offer? No problem. Join us at a Lenovo HPC multiclient session, thought-leadership roundtable or request a 1:1 briefing. All sessions take place at the

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Managing your IT infrastructure can be a headache if not handled carefully. Individual component owners want you to move to their tool of choice, which is not always optimal. When we designed ThinkServer systems, the focus was on you and how your life can be made easier. That means that ThinkServer systems come with an embedded manager that can be used for detailed management of that server. However, once you virtualize your compute resources, you want to focus less on the individual pieces of hardware and more on the operating system and the workload. If you are running Microsoft Windows Server or Hyper-V, the tool of choice is System Center, which delivers unified management of your private cloud and seamlessly integrates with off-premise infrastructure. System Center offers exciting, new features and enhancements with regard to infrastructure provisioning and monitoring, application performance monitoring, automation and self-service, and IT service management. Even though System Center is a great tool for your everyday workload management, there are times when you need to view detailed information of the hardware. For that, Lenovo provides a Partner Pack for Microsoft System Center. Your single-pane-of-glass management continues to be System Center and the hardware information is integrated within the same management console. Now, you really have the holy grail of all management – a single...

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Some application and workloads lend themselves particularly well to scale-up rather than scale-out deployments. Factors contributing to a decision to scale up rather than scale out include processing and memory requirements, the number of end users, scalability cost and administrative cost. Scaling up allows you to add CPU, Memory, I/O and Storage to your servers, and it does not require you re-write your application to harness the new horsepower. For large databases, scale-up architectures can provide higher levels of scalability than large numbers of scale-out distributed databases, and scale-up servers are often easier and less expensive to manage. Lets take a look at some Enterprise applications that are better suited for 4 and 8 socket scale-up deployments: Oracle Database. While Oracle Database software products support both scale-out and scale-up computing, deploying Oracle Databases on scale-up servers brings a number of benefits, including simplified server management, reduced server licensing costs, and reduced operating costs related to IT staff time and management. When scaling-up, Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) is not required. Another benefit is that machine resources (especially CPU) are instantly available for sharing. The x3850 and x3950 X6 systems are both certified for both Oracle Linux and Oracle VM:

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Going through my basement the other day (affectionately referred to as my ”Technology Museum”), I came across the cell phone I used ten years ago — right next to my Polaroid Land camera. The cell phone could store up to 99 contacts (because who would need more than that?), had an antenna that pulled up and down (wasn’t it up for long distance, and down for local? — at least that’s what I told everyone), and taking a picture would have been impossible. Technology sure has come a long way in ten years. Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was released about the time I was using that phone. Microsoft is now ending support for the OS on July 15, 2015. Some of you may still be using that platform to run your business. If so, chances are your hardware may be aging as well. Here are a few reasons you may want to move to Windows Server 2012 R2 running on Lenovo ThinkServer systems. Security patches and updates will no longer be available for Windows 2003 and older servers will be more vulnerable to malicious attacks. You could be risking both your business data, including your customer’s personal information and credit card data, as well as your intellectual property. If you lose your business data, your business could be at risk of failing. Ten years ago, businesses were not subject to regulations like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA and PCI. Violations could result in huge fines — or worse. Applications may not be...

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It’s an exciting time in the enterprise IT market with many in-progress disruptive changes both in technology and business models. The industry remains focused on solutions consisting of hardware based on industry standards and open-source software. A significant emphasis continues to be virtualization, separating hardware requirements from software workload needs and providing new flexibility. Techniques include server virtualization, network virtualization, software-defined storage and software-defined networking. Cloud models for computing are also taking their place as an important part of the enterprise IT landscape. Open Server Summit is the only conference focused entirely on servers and these changes. This year, the Summit will host full-day seminars on software-defined storage (SDS), scale-out servers and silicon photonics. The main conference will have three major tracks: compute/microservers, networking and storage. Sessions cover topics ranging from infrastructure through database and Hadoop acceleration, NFV/SDN-informed networking architecture, microservers, big data and increasing cloud performance. The Lenovo Enterprise Business Group is now helping to lead the charge in comprehending these changes and delivering true value to the IT end-user. We’ve recently integrated the deeply technical and expert System x team together with Lenovo’s scale, supply chain prowess and strong strategic execution. This positions us well to be a...

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