Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com//products2014-07-30T18:25:07+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/products/windows8-rockstar-new-lenovodev-forum-moderator-iris-classonKrista Summitt2014-07-30T18:25:07+00:00
She was given a Microsoft MVP Award, has developed a slew of Windows 8 apps and even co-authored a book. And she loves extreme sports as well. Meet Iris Classon, one of our latest Lenovo forum users, who will be helping us out in our Windows 8 app developer boards.
Iris is a sought-after developer conference speaker, writer, blogger, Microsoft C# MVP and member of MEET (Microsoft Extended Experts Team) with a tremendous passion for programming. She has had a remarkable career path that proves that nothing is impossible- switching from being a licensed and registered clinical dietician to a software developer with a dozen certifications and a full time developer job with renowned companies.
She has been featured in several newspaper articles, online articles and podcasts such as Hanselminutes, Computer Sweden and Developer Magazine. As a frequently sought-after speaker at conferences such as TechDays, Scandinavian Developer Conference and various user groups, Iris is known for her unique, creative and uplifting presentation style. She is hosts the Get Up and Code! podcast, and in her spare time she does pro-bono work as a dietitian and is very engaged in the developer community. She also enjoys extreme sports such as barefoot running, mountain biking, weightlifting and scuba diving- and of course traveling.
Recently Iris sat down for an interview with Serene Siew, Lenovo Forums Advocate Program Manager, to talk about her background, goals, and her new role volunteering with the developer forums.
Serene: Tell us...
Studies have shown that data center cooling costs are equal to or greater than the cost of powering the IT equipment itself. One way to reduce these cooling costs is by operating the data center at higher temperatures. This allows innovative data-center cooling strategies to be employed. As examples, fresh-air and chiller-less cooling technologies can be used. In fact, many new data-center facilities are being built in areas where the local climate lends itself to these technologies. Existing facilities can also benefit from cold-isle containment strategies segregating high-temperature-capable equipment from less-capable equipment.
But can servers take the heat?
Even though most servers can operate at temperatures much higher than are found in the controlled environments of most data centers, some server vendors recommend staying within the current recommended operating temperature range at all times. Others will allow higher-temperature operation, but only for brief periods of time.
Additionally, there are those who will be concerned that prolonged, higher ambient temperatures may affect server long-term reliability and induce failures, even though the components that make up the equipment are specified and tested to operate at well above nominal operating temperatures.
It’s clear that the trends towards adoption of higher data-center operating temperatures will continue because of the pressure to reduce operating costs.
When considering servers for modern data centers or even for less well-regulated, non-data-center environments, it makes sense to choose a server that can operate at greater temperatures for longer periods of time without impacting server reliability.
http://blog.lenovo.com/products/a-visit-to-mili-pictures-the-realization-of-chinese-animation-dreamLenovo Workstation Team2014-07-29T16:16:47+00:00
“Arts Enlighten Technology, Technology Drives Arts.”
This famous remark of John Alan Lasseter, the founder of Pixar and winner of two Academy Awards, mirrored the importance of technology in 3D animated films. Dragon Nest: Rise of the Black Dragon, China's most expensive 3D animated feature film, has featured exquisite production that is beyond compare in many aspects in China’s animation sector. Lenovo ThinkStation workstations were the powerhouses behind the creative, with integrated solutions from front-end visual design to back-end rendering. At the eve of the launch of Dragon Nest: Rise of Black Dragon, we paid a visit to Mili Pictures’ production base in Suzhou to explore the “birth of the dragon”.
Witnessing the production of every scene
Dragon Nest's production was created using the highest standard of workstations in China’s animated film sector. Different movies (even different scenes of one movie) have different requirements for workstations. Moreover, art and image design, scene design, special effects production and composition also have different requirements for workstations. ThinkStation provides solutions for all these different needs. For instance, art work and other early stage departments don’t have a high requirement for hardware, but they need to be incredibly stable. To cater to such a need, Lenovo provided E31 ThinkStation workstations.
The animation department, the core of the animated film production, has very high graphics card requirements; for this, Lenovo’s C30 ThinkStation workstations did the job. Late-stage rendering...
The IT industry is continually evolving, but one constant is that IT administrators are being asked to do more with less — while still enabling business growth and maintaining service levels to their customers. Providing highly reliable infrastructures to host business-critical applications while responding quickly to business and market changes, is a challenge made more difficult when considering constrained budgets and fewer available resources.
Automating portions of IT operations that are repetitive, manual and error prone can immediately reduce costs and increase service levels, and free up an administrator’s valuable time for more important IT projects.
Unfortunately, automation that uses proprietary or vendor-specific tools may not be the best approach — and can impact your organization in several ways — from limiting the positive impact of a multi-vendor strategy to increasing money spent on IT staff. Instead, consider servers that can support automated IT environments by supporting systems management built on industry standards with interfaces and APIs that support and simplify automation tasks.
For more information, see the Lenovo ThinkServer Management Automation Viewpoint and look for new fifth-generation Lenovo ThinkServer systems coming soon.
If you’ve never upgraded your ThinkPad to a solid-state drive (SSD), you don’t know what you’re missing. To this day, I remember the first time my ThinkPad booted up in seconds. Since then, I haven’t gone back to a traditional hard-disk drive.
Flash is EVERYWHERE. It’s in everything from cell phones and tablets to USB keys and digital cameras. The proliferation of flash into all these devices has significantly reduced the overall cost so much, that it has gained popularity in servers as well.
Obviously, companies with the big bucks, such as: banks, oil and gas and Google are the early flash adopters, buying expensive PCIe accelerators like the ones made by Fusion IO to get maximum performance. However, there are plenty of low-cost options and applications that could be more appropriate for your business.
Take the boot drive for instance. Its application is basically the same as the SSD in my ThinkPad — and it’s a really good place to start.
Typically laptop SSDs are fast and are robust enough for typical business use. (I would say 40 hours a week, but who does that anymore).
Server SSDs are also fast, but are more robust and designed for continuous enterprise use.
Typically, a boot drive can be read-optimized at about one-to-three drive writes per day, because only small amounts of data are written to it daily. It doesn’t have to be very big as most operating...
If you use CAD/CAE or just creative applications, have you ever thought about why you need to upgrade your workstations, and if there is a real timetable you should follow? If so, here are four things to consider:
1) Design and creation activities are critical to your success, they represent your competitive advantage. This starts with you, the engineer and/or creative person who conceive the idea and the design. In addition, it includes the methods you use to design it, the software you use and the hardware that runs the software. Also very important, is how fast you design and create, as you can’t afford to get behind the competition, or miss a critical due date. All these things combine to give you a creative and innovative competitive edge. Both creation and schedules are two critical elements of your success.
2) Nothing is stagnant in this world, and this is true for the world of design and creativity. For example, new features are constantly being added to your design and the design is being shared in new ways using software like Product Life Cycle Management. Designers learn more from organizations like manufacturing and adapt their designs according to the latest technology trends available. In addition, the software they use changes, new revisions come out, new fixes and even additional software features to take into account. Designers want to know more about their design decisions and attach histories and notes to the design files. All of this results...
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 covers,...
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, as well as recommendations on hardware and software combinations that are proven to be the most effective — ready to be deployed without any additional time and cost for testing.
With Oracle VM Release 3.3, Oracle’s latest server virtualization product, Oracle has enhanced ease of use for x86 and SPARC architectures, improved management features and expanded support...
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 tied to their PC, laptop, tablet and mobile business. In their newly expanded enterprise channel, server affinity with storage is...
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, remote or branch offices and datacenters.
Application or storage cluster failover
Fully redundant compute node shared storage
Server clustering with SAS interconnect: no additional networking hardware required
Complete hardware RAID level support: 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60
1GB write-back and read cache for superior I/O performance
Proven LSI MegaRAID and CacheVault technologies
Sophisticated error management and recovery