Reseller Partners ThinkPad

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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BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

BYOD and the Consumerization of IT

Rich Cheston Master Inventor, Lenovo Rich Cheston has deep roots in the PC business and has even earned the status of Master Inventor at Lenovo. In this post, he explains the nuance between the terms BYOD and Consumerization of IT. If you’ve paid any attention to the computing industry in the last few years, chances are you’ve heard people discussing the trends around the Consumerization of IT, including Bring Your Own PC, or BYOPC, as well as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. Many people often speak of these trends interchangeably yet, while they are related, they do not mean the same thing. To make sure we’re all on the same page, let’s begin with a couple definitions. First, it’s worth stating that the Consumerization of IT is really about the “empowerment” of the individual user to use the device(s) of their choosing in the workplace. At the outset of this trend, BYOPC emerged four years ago as an alternative way for users to acquire their work PC without accepting the traditional company-issued model. In some instances, the user’s company will pay an upfront stipend to help offset the cost of the new PC. One of the limitations of BYOPC programs, though, is that most such programs do not include traditional company-provided IT support. While the Consumerization of IT started with BYOPC, it has exploded with the advent of smartphones and tablets. This has led to BYOD, which refers to people bringing into the...

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X130e for Education

X130e for Education

It’s 2:00 pm on a Wednesday afternoon. The teacher is showing a movie to the class to finish up the lesson. The lights are dim and some of the kids have their heads laid across the corner of their desks, nearly dozing off. There is nothing but dead silence in the classroom as the movie plays on….when suddenly a big loud THUMP startles everyone….the little boy in the middle of the third row dropped his computer on the floor. In the past, a situation like the one we just described may have resulted in a broken computer, cracked screen or potentially corrupted hard drives making repairs necessary, which means additional costs for the school. More importantly however, it means that the boy in the middle of the third row either is forced to share someone else’s computer or get behind in class while he waits for his computer to be fixed. A computer on the desk of the little boy in the middle of the third row is indicative of the move to 1:1 curriculum. The days of watching movies on 27-inch CRT tube TV’s on top of tall squeaky carts and playing “Oregon Trail” on the “community” classroom computer are over. There is a computer on every desk, and schools are beginning to leverage technology - making school days much more exciting and effective.This is the classroom of the 21st Century, not our mother’s classroom, not even our old classroom. With the trend towards a 1:1 eLearning curriculum, the need for...

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Intel SSD

Intel SSD

Ann Mahdy is a Communicatons and Public Relations Manager for Lenovo A few years ago, Solid State Drives started appearing in laptops. Costs were high and capacity was low, and most of the industry stuck with good old-fashioned Hard Disk Drives. Now that it’s 2012, it’s time to rethink the drives you and your customers are using. After all, HDD has been around for a long time (since 1956) so it is not surprising that there is a new drive on the block. So what is the difference between the two drives? To assist in sorting this out we posed a number of questions to Annabelle Thuan, Lenovo SMB Marketing Manager. AM: What is the difference between SSD and HDD? AT: The main difference in the technology is that solid state is a flash-based storage and has no moving parts, while hard disk drives are electromechanical and have a moving component called a spinning platter. As you might expect, with no moving pieces, SDD is more reliable and durable because it can better absorb shock from laptops’ bumps and drops. The other big difference is speed. SSD is much faster because it is NAND memory. This means that data can be located instantaneously by address. HDD, on the other hand, has a two-step process to access the information. The first is that it needs to “seek” the right track on the disk, and the second is that it needs to spin to the right part of the track. This causes a slight delay compared to solid states. Side by Side...

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When I have the good fortune to speak with ThinkPad users about our new ThinkPad X1 laptop there is invariably one overriding question that comes up:  Why?  There are other words wrapped around that question that may offer some form of variation, but distilled it is still simply a question of why?  I’d like to try to answer some of those why questions here. Why bring a system like this to market? The X1 occupies an interesting spot in our portfolio.  It’s our Halo product.  Some here at Lenovo also call it a Hero product.  It is a notebook that is designed to show our leadership, our innovation, and give a glimpse into where the entire notebook portfolio is heading as we look to the future.  It is a culmination of a number of different design and technology elements that we’ve brought together to make the thinnest ThinkPad ever.  Thinner even than our X301. Why would you not call this a follow-on to the X301? X301 was a great system.  Everyone remembers the thin and light design.  Remember your first car?  All you remember are the positives – which is great.  We are extremely proud of that notebook.  With the new X1 we address some direct user feedback.  We added standard volt i5 and i7 Intel processors for more computing power.  We added mainstream SSD or HDD options.  We...

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