Newest Lenovo Servers Focus on Speed and Energy Savings
Up to three times faster, the latest ThinkServers are more than 92 percent efficient
Lenovo has announced its latest line of servers. The ThinkServer TD200 and ThinkServer TD200x tower servers, along with the new RD210 and RD220 rack servers, offer several choices of Intel Xeon 5500 Series processors and expanded memory and storage.
“Our second generation of ThinkServers makes giant leaps in both performance and usability for small and mid-sized businesses,” says Tom Tobul, Lenovo executive director, enterprise systems, software and peripherals.
The Intel Xeon 5500 Series processors enable the ThinkServers with speeds that are up to three times faster than their predecessors, with high-speed DDR3 memory up to 128GB.
Lenovo calls its ThinkServers “highly scalable, dual processor servers with increased storage capacity and up to 12 hard drive bays in the rack models, 16 in the tower models.” The ThinkServers are also equipped for virtualization and several power saving features aimed at cutting costs for customers.
The new ThinkServers come with an onboard connector for an embedded hypervisor. Lenovo also supports a variety of virtualization solutions from Microsoft, Novell, VMWare and Red Hat. “Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and System Center management suite running on Lenovo ThinkServers offers customers a solution that can help them be more efficient, lower operational costs and optimize power consumption,” says Zane Adam, senior director of virtualization and management, server and tools business, Microsoft Corp.
The latest ThinkServer models-TD200, TD200x, RD210 and RD220≠-are the most energy efficient servers from Lenovo yet. Select models are compliant with Energy Star for Servers 1.0, finalized in May 2009, which provides a 30 percent reduction in power usage. In addition, the ThinkServers’ power supplies are more than 92 percent efficient, meaning more energy is translated into usable power.
Lenovo also reports that its new ThinkServers come with an Integrated Management Module (IMM), which provides complete, “always-on,” out-of-band server management capabilities via a Web interface. With IMM, users can remotely access and manage their ThinkServer from anywhere, anytime, even if the server has crashed or is turned off.
Select models come with IMM Premium, giving users full control of their ThinkServer (including the mouse, keyboard and video) from remote locations, as well as the ability to connect local drives remotely to their ThinkServer through virtual media.
The RD210 and RD220 are available immediately. The TD200 and TD200x will be available starting July 2009. The ThinkServer RD210, RD220 and TD200x are available worldwide through business partners and Lenovo sales representatives. The TD200 is available through Lenovo sales representatives for special bid. Pricing for the RD210 starts at approximately $1,699 and $2,199 for the RD220. The TD200x starts at approximately $2,699.