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In data storage, it’s all about the software. So it’s no surprise that the key differentiator of LenovoEMC products is the operating system software, which simplifies very technical and tedious administrative tasks. If you’ve ever tried to create an iSCSI LUN from a command line, you understand what I’m saying! For the gifted few, it might not be so challenging, but for us mere mortals, we’d be better off reciting ”pi” to 35 digits. Now, it’s time to bring our operating system’s look-and-feel into this decade. Advances in user interfaces, driven by tablets, phablets, touch — and even Windows 8 — set new expectations for improved look-and-feel as well as usability. Because we value our social media followers, we’re going to share the new OS features with you first! Ready…Wait for it….You’ll see changes in our user segmentation, UI controls and out-of-the-box experience. One of the biggest changes you’ll see is the separation of functionality between home and business users. Aside from the readers who actually know pi to 35 digits, not many home users are interested in creating iSCSI LUNs, dealing with system logs or creating different RAID configurations on the storage pools. Likewise, most IT managers want no part of social media apps, such as Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. While all the LenovoEMC products continue to run the same LifeLine operating system under the...

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Over the last year, we’ve been working with Oracle to strengthen our collaboration. We have a growing Oracle install base and want to make sure we provide the best level of support so our customers feel good about investing in a Lenovo-Oracle infrastructure. As a team, we’re really excited about the recent ThinkServer posting for Oracle VM 3.3 qualification on the Oracle Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), and more importantly, the official completion of a validated configuration on Oracle VM 3.3 for our ThinkServer RD540/RD640 family of rack servers. This is the FIRST validated configuration published right after the Oracle VM 3.3 announcement. What does this mean exactly? By completing the work necessary to appear on the Oracle Linux HCL, customers using Lenovo ThinkServer systems are assured that their Oracle VM deployments have been completely tested, and that Lenovo hardware is fully supported by Lenovo on Oracle VM and Oracle VM is fully supported by Oracle. We offer customers pre-tested, validated and supported Linux architectures on Oracle VM 3.3, including, software, hardware, storage, drivers and networking components. The validated configuration is great because it provides details on what and how to deploy,...

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Lenovo and EMC have a robust partnership, with each bringing the strength of their complimentary product lines and strong customer focus to the relationship. Specifically, Lenovo offers EMC VSPEX solutions, enabling customers and partners to deploy converged infrastructures with confidence. Laura Frombach, Lenovo Technical Marketing Engineer, recently interviewed Mark Wright, EMC SVP of Business Development and Operations, to gain his perspective on the partnership. Laura:  In your position at EMC, how do you interact with Lenovo? Mark:  Basically, I am the senior executive on the EMC side, dedicated to working day-to-day with all Lenovo and EMC levels to make the partnership successful. We have found that this level of executive engagement helps cut through the layers of management within each company to facilitate decision making, while addressing concerns and removing roadblocks as they occur — to keep everyone focused on growing the joint businesses. Laura:  How do customers benefit from the EMC/Lenovo partnership?  Mark:  Lenovo has a great reputation as a partner company and is very focused on their customers. EMC is ranked one of the best partner companies in the world by Microsoft and CRN, and has a strong partnership community as well. Together, we think we bring even more to our joint customers. Lenovo is building a world-class enterprise channel business to drive large volumes of their server products, which will be...

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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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