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Lenovo launches largest data centre portfolio in its history

22 Jun 2017

Lenovo recently unveiled its largest ever and most comprehensive portfolio of server, storage, networking, software and data centre services ever.

According to the company, the end-to-end data centre portfolio enables customers to harness the power of the ‘intelligence revolution’, creating a strong technology foundation that supports transformative capabilities such as data analytics, high-performance computing, hybrid cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In addition to the portfolio, Lenovo also ushered in a new set of brands that the company asserts are poised to take it to even greater heights: ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile.

President of Lenvoo Data Centre Group, Kirk Skaugen says the announcements mark a significant day in the next phase of Lenovo’s commitment to advancing the data centre customer experience.

“Our leadership in x86 server customer satisfaction and x86 server reliability, along with these new ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile brands, and Lenovo’s new portfolio of data centre solutions represent the most reliable, most agile, and highest performing data centre solutions in the industry,” says Skaugen.

“We are confident we can empower our customers to solve their most challenging business problems and become digital disrupters in their own industries.”

2017 in fact marks 25 years for Lenovo in the industry, and the company says ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile data centre solutions will provide organisations with fluid resources that can adapt to the evolving needs of modern businesses.

A recent IDC survey of CIOs and technology leaders, 72 percent of respondents cited supporting digital transformation and business growth as the leading rationale in IT infrastructure decisions.

Lenovo says in order to respond to these changes, challenges including evolving their infrastructure strategies and considering how to best enable them now and for the future – and it is these challenges that Lenovo is hoping to tackle with its new solutions.

The new completely redesigned ThinkSystem portfolio, based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, brings the gold-standard for the industry under a single unified brand spanning servers, storage and networking systems.

Meanwhile, ThinkAgile is a completely new software-defined solutions portfolio built on the foundation of Lenovo ThinkSystem platforms and adapts to changing IT needs while reducing complexity and cost created by silos in traditional IT.

The company also announced the delivery of one of the most powerful systems – among the first in the world based on the Intel Xeon Platinum processor family – to the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC).

The BSC MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, tasked with jobs in science and engineering research, incorporates 48 racks with more than 3,400 nodes with next generation Intel Xeon processors and a central memory of 390 Terabytes with a peak power of more than 11 Petaflop/s.

“The newly launched x86 ThinkSystem platform provides us with ten times more processing power than the previous MareNostrum supercomputer, allowing BSC to continue the type of scientific research that enhances humanity's efforts to seek new knowledge and drive progress,” says Sergi Girona, operations director at BSC.

“Our experience with Lenovo has been easy and tightly integrated to overcome our challenges and achieve success, and we look forward to future collaboration.”

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