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Lenovo targets customers dealing with data-intensive workloads

Lenovo has introduced new single-socket services for edge and data-intensive workloads.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 add to the company’s server portfolio and are powered by the next-generation AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors.

According to Lenovo, the new products are for customers dealing with data-intensive workloads such as video security, software-defined storage and network intelligence, as well as support for virtualised and edge environments.

Lenovo Data Center Group chief operating officer and senior vice president of business units, Doug Fisher says, “Today Lenovo is expanding our AMD relationship with new, fully optimised solutions to help our joint customers address complex and data-intensive workloads, enabling them to do more with less while still providing uncompromised end-to-end security.”

According to the company, Lenovo’s new ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 server platforms allow customers to run more workloads on fewer servers, and offer up to 73% savings on potential software licensing.

Lenovo says the servers, which have been recognised for their energy efficiency and performance, enable customers to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 46%.

The servers include NVMe drive capacity and the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based systems.

This gives Lenovo the ability to offer customers vSAN and other certified nodes and future ThinkAgile software-defined appliances.

Lenovo predicts there will be a growing demand for such solutions, as organisations and governments invest more into technology that empowers smart cities, such as better security services.

A new forecast from IDC estimates there will be 41.6 billion connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, generating 79.4 zettabytes of data by 2025, and much of the growth will be driven by IoT and video security technology.

The new solutions by Lenovo can be used when computing power is needed in confined spaces, using less energy, the company says. For example, video security for public safety in smart city, campus and mass transit environments.

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 coupled with Pivot3’s software provides an edge computing video security solution. With the increased bandwidth of PCIe 4.0, supported by the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, customers can more quickly recall video for recognition and analysis, the company says.

Furthermore, Lenovo says the ultra-dense NVMe configurations of these new Lenovo solutions with AMD processors allow users to store and access huge amounts of data.

Supporting up to six single-width or three double-width graphics processing units (GPUs), these new systems provide the ability to process and analyse high-definition video more efficiently.

The GPUs coupled with the new AMD processor deliver faster video ingest rates, enhanced video analysis and improved machine learning, helping governments and other organisations to create more secure environments.

Pivot3 vice president chief marketing officer and general manager Bruce Milne says, “The combination of Lenovo’s quality and resilience and the breakthrough performance of the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor deliver what our customers need to support their mission critical deployments.

“As Pivot3 customers expand their use of intelligent infrastructure for safe airport, campus, hospitality and transportation use cases, security, resilience and management simplicity at scale are critically important. AMD and Lenovo allow us to deliver all of that and to delight our customers.”

When it comes to maximising virtualisation, the AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors combined with Lenovo ThinkShield solutions bring hardware-assisted VM and memory encryption security to ensure security as well as performance.

New features like a physical intrusion switch can detect and prevent tampering, allowing organisations to run their security systems on Lenovo’s secure platforms.

The new Lenovo solutions also include up to 64 cores per socket to allow organisations to host more virtual machines per server, providing greater distributed computing capability and improved workload efficiency, Lenovo says.

The new Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 solutions are now available through Lenovo sales representatives and channel partners.