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Lenovo looks to enable next generation of business with purpose-built servers

Fri, 19th Jun 2020
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Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) has released new solutions designed to address data management challenges.

More specifically, Lenovo is releasing ThinkSystem SR860 V2 and SR850 V2 servers, now featuring 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with enhanced support for SAP HANA based on Intel Optane persistent memory 200 series, and a new remote deployment service offering for the ThinkSystem DM7100 storage systems.

According to the company, these offerings help customers navigate data management and deliver actionable business intelligence through artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, also providing integration options with business applications such as SAP HANA.

The ThinkSystem SR860 V2 and SR850 V2 servers feature high-end processing and memory capabilities, with twice the amount of NVMe storage capacity, Lenovo states.

The company says the servers help customers address data challenges in a few key ways.

Notably, the new 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor enables more rapid data ingest capabilities to help tackle the growing volume of data coming into the data center.

The CPUs were purpose built for data insights, with improved AI acceleration with Intel Deep Learning Boost enhanced with bfloat16.

These systems also feature next-generation technologies that include increased onboard storage from 24 to 48 2.5”2 drives, improving the rate at which data can be consumed and improve performance for data-intensive applications such as large databases.

The ThinkSystem SR860 V2 server also introduces GPU support for handling AI workloads, power VDI deployments and data analytics.

The SR860 V2 also leverages new GPU rich configurations to manage next-generation AI workloads, allowing customers to focus efforts on unstructured datasets to drive new insights.

Furthermore, when combined with Lenovo DB fiber channel switches, customers can now achieve end-to-end NVMe deployment, delivering higher throughput and up to a 50% reduction in latency, the company states.

Finally, Intel Optane persistent memory 200 series powers SAP HANA, providing database and analytics performance along with expanded memory and storage capacity.

When combined with ThinkSystem DM7100 series storage, Lenovo provides a business processing, analytics and data management platform for SAP database and business applications.

On the ThinkSystem DM7100, Lenovo cites a few key benefits for businesses. For one, the software includes integrated hybrid cloud data tiering and management for secure and efficient data management in public and private cloud solutions.

The cloud capability enables customers to build backup and high availability capability for analytic workloads. It can also scale up to 21PB effective storage or scale out to 264 PB of effective storage, protecting the customer investment by allowing for future growth.

Notably, a new remote deployment option offers up to 80% faster implementation versus scheduling on-site deployments, reducing complications and down-time risks, and speeding time to value.

When it comes to deployment, customers have access to Lenovo's Technical Consultants to configure and deploy the solution based on their unique requirements remotely, the company states.

To handle the increase in the variety of data being collected, Lenovo Intelligent Insights with SAP Data Intelligence make it possible to utilise structured and unstructured data from multiple sources, such as cloud data stores, data lakes, smart devices, sensors and other IoT available.

Finally, customers will experience Lenovo's Premier Support, which works to ensure positive customer experience, better response and consistent uptime, Lenovo states.

Lenovo DCG vice president and general manager of Server, Storage and SDI, Kamran Amini, says, “The constant change in information and ever evolving needs of customers means there must be faster and more efficient solutions to turn data into information that empowers businesses.

“Our new ThinkSystem servers are designed to enhance mission-critical applications like SAP HANA and accelerate next-generation workloads like AI, analytics and machine learning, enabling mission critical performance and reliability for all data centers and maximum business value for our customers.

Select configurations of the ThinkSystem SR860 V2, SR850 V2 and DM7100 solutions are available through Lenovo TruScale, the pay-for-what-you-use data center. The ThinkSystem solutions will be added to Lenovo's portfolio under the Intel Select Solutions program.

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