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While watching The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights — or anytime day or night on TBS for that matter — I wondered why the show makes me laugh. I truly enjoy the geek speak, but it’s the personalities of the characters that really drive the series’ success. Removing any one of the characters would drastically change the show, and possibly its overall success. Is there a Big Bang Theory without Sheldon? Or a Modern Family without Cam? Or even a Seinfeld without Kramer? (I shudder at the thought!) Just as keeping the cast intact is important to a show’s success, keeping your data intact is paramount to the success of your business or your personal life. How many of us are cluelessly computing away, blissfully ignorant of the “what-if” scenario. What if my hard drive fails? What if my year-long project report is corrupted? What if the world never knew, “Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock” for crying out loud!??  I, too, have been a victim of this disaster. My home computer’s hard drive wouldn’t boot, no matter what I tried to do. The issue was a bad physical sector — a dead hard drive in laymen’s terms. All of the information on that drive was gone; music, pictures, tax returns, financial statements, you know the typical stuff we don’t want prying eyes to see. There are few things worse than the empty feeling you get when your data has evaporated. The personal loss was so...

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As you head to Accelerate 2014 this week, think about the smartphone, tablet or desktop you carry with you. Think about how important those devices are, and how it would affect you if you broke or lost of one of them. In recent years, with our increased reliance on cloud computing, we’ve been led to believe the hardware is not that important. All that matters is the data. But what if you have just taken some photos or written a new report that you didn’t back up before the device malfunctioned or got lost? You certainly wouldn’t question the importance of the hardware then. We all carry unique data in our devices that we want to keep safe and secure. It’s easier to do that if the devices used to store the data are durable and dependable. The quality of the hardware is quintessential to our satisfaction and happiness with the device. You’ve told us you want device diversity and innovation, and we will show our commitment to both. While our competitors change their minds on what platforms and devices to support, we have been busy assembling a diverse portfolio of devices to address the needs and preferences of all end users. Our growing portfolio includes servers, workstations, desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and convertible PCs that combine tablet and notebook features. As our business partners, you can leverage the diversity in our portfolio to consult with customers and help them match devices to the specific needs...

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Guest blog by Stephen Miller, Lenovo Ambassador and SMB champion In many ways, there have never been better opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses to grow. Globalization means potential customers don’t have to live near a company’s facilities or even within the same country. Fewer market barriers and better communication options mean it is easier than ever to reach a worldwide audience, collaborate with far-flung co-workers and generally expand the boundaries of the business. The rise of social media has helped bring customers closer, while opening new marketing opportunities. Social platforms allow businesses to be more targeted and effective in their communications, and enable SMBs to interact directly and immediately with customers. At the same time, smart connected devices like tablets and smartphones make social media interactions easier than ever. Expensive office space is no longer an absolute requirement. The growth of smart devices and cloud computing enables employees to run business applications and access work-related files anytime, anywhere. Today it is possible for remote workers to be productive virtually anywhere in the world. The big question is, “How do SMBs take best advantage of the highly-connected mobile workforce and the ability to interact with customers in an instant?” One answer is to leverage 3 emerging technologies that are fast becoming must-haves for today’s successful SMBs....

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ThinkStation D30 Workstation with 30

ThinkStation D30 Workstation with 30" Lenovo Monitor

Guest blog by Chris McCoy, Vertical Marketing Manager, ThinkStation The Lenovo ThinkStation brand has long been known for its superior performance and reliability in the Manufacturing, Financial, and Media and Entertainment industries. But did you know that Lenovo has been quietly working to support highly complex and robust workflows for some of the world’s largest Energy, Utility, and Oil & Gas companies? Today’s Oil & Gas companies have to work quickly and accurately to determine which leases hold vast amounts of precious petrochemicals and which are simply full of saltwater and nonporous rocks.  The gamble is huge. The stakes are high. And the software that Geologists and Geophysicists use to find these reservoirs have become highly robust and parallel. They often utilize numerous algorithms to process vast amounts of seismic and geological data in mere milliseconds.   The workstations that support these application workloads must scale far beyond a typical multi-core platform. They must be designed to support dozens of cores, up to 512GB of memory, the fastest storage and I/O technologies, as well as highly advanced Nvidia GPUs and co-processing technologies.  Over the last year, the Lenovo ThinkStation team has worked diligently with industry-leading exploration software companies (such as Schlumberger, Paradigm, TerraSpark and FFA) to test and certify Lenovo’s ThinkStation platforms to support these critical...

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ThinkStation workstations racked at Render Farm

ThinkStation workstations racked at Render Farm

While talking with a colleague, Allen Tang, Media and Entertainment Vertical Marketing Manager, I recently learned about an exciting ThinkStation customer relationship with Mili Pictures.  A growing animation movie & TV series production and training agency based in China, Mili Pictures is currently producing its first 3D animation movie Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon. What I found most intriguing about the relationship between Lenovo and Mili Pictures is the creation of the Mili Pictures Render Farm, a rendering cluster developed with Lenovo ThinkStation workstations. Mili Pictures is poised to make significant investments over the next several years and has an aggressive movie production schedule ahead of them. The company’s plans will call for completing movies, on average, within a six month time span. Therefore, it is critical that Mili Pictures minimizes workload related to operating, maintaining, and filing digital media assets. To fulfill this demand, Lenovo designed hardware systems for Mili Pictures that effectively manage their front-end visual designing, back-end rendering and production. This “farm” solution consists of 249 Lenovo ThinkStation workstations. Mili Pictures relies on the ThinkStation C30 for rendering, animation and post production, while the ThinkStation S30 and E31...

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