Lenovo: http://blog.lenovo.com//products2014-07-16T17:38:34+00:00http://blog.lenovo.com/products/give-your-boot-a-boost-with-a-bit-of-flashPaul Scaini2014-07-16T17:38:34+00:00
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
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”?
Are you "that person" in your crew that is always up on the newest artists and tracks before anybody else?
If so, you'll want to check out the Future Icons channel inside the Lenovo Companion app, available exclusively on Lenovo Windows 8 systems. Future Icons brings you exclusive behind-the-scenes music and videos from artists we've tapped as the next big thing. They will share with you how they use digital music creation to get their sound, and hopefully inspire you to start making some tracks as well!
Our newest Future Icon is the alternative rock band called LIFE. The band consists of Los Angeles natives Moi J Quinn,Sean Chapman, and Matthew McEwan, and offers a distinctive SoCal sound reminiscent of 311 and Sublime. Their exciting debut EP, R U D W N? drops June 18, 2014, featuring their first single of the same name. (If you're in the Los Angeles area, they will perform at their album release party at the legendary Roxy nightclub in Hollywood June 18.)
Moi, Matt and Sean were first known as the founders of Southern California band Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, and spent nearly a decade engaging a diehard fan base with three full-length albums as well as successful stints on Warped Tour. However, their muse suddenly morphed right before their eyes. "It wasn't planned out," recalls Sean. "We just started writing music, and it awakened something different within us. It wasn't Tomorrows Bad Seeds. It was new. The three of us...
STUDENTS, UNDERGRADS, FRESHMEN.
Summer's almost over! Since you've been a busy bee the past few weeks, we've decided to lend a hand and help you gather the tools you need to discover that Rory Gilmore in you. Go ahead, load your Yoga Tablet with these apps and fight your way to become Editor-In-Chief of the school's paper.
Being a proactive, roving worker bee is part and parcel of being a journalist. While you’re out doing fieldwork, you may not have the luxury of sitting down to capture the story. Jot your notes on Evernote while you're interviewing your lead, work on your story on-the-go or access it from your desk, all on Tilt Mode.
Does your story require you to talk to people from all around the world? You'll be relieved to use Skype in Stand Mode to make your international calls without being charged for overseas calls on your mobile and conducting video chats with your interviewee over the Internet. Best thing is, this comes pre-loaded on the Yoga Tablet.
Today's journalists need to tell stories through a variety of formats. Whether video, text, graphics, audio or photos, you will be in great standing if you're able to create a multimedia experience for your readers. Use apps like Skitch to help you snap pics, mark them up comfortably in Hold Mode with shapes, arrows and quick sketches to tell the story better and to point...
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 adding two Intel DC3700 solid-state drives (SSDs) and enabling LSI CacheCade on the ThinkServer LSI9286CV-8e SAS RAID controller, the number of users supported jumped almost 40 percent to 5,300, while the latency improved over 33 percent. Again, like Cushman’s wing,...