New as well to ThinkAgile are pre-configured, Microsoft Azure-based hyperconverged solutions for artificial intelligence and machine learning, backup and recovery, and virtual desktop infrastructure. The latest ThinkAgile units, Amini says, support 25% more VDI users per device on average than the previous generation.
Other hardware releases showcased today include the new TruScale for HPC XtraRack, an addition to the high-performance computing-as-a-service solution Lenovo introduced in January that’s designed to let fast-growing organizations with large capacity requirements pre-install entire racks of devices for immediate use on demand.
“Many HPC customers do not expand capacity by adding a single or two nodes. They expand elastically across multiple racks,” Amini says.
XClarity One, a new cloud-native, multitenant edition of Lenovo’s XClarity management solution, aims to make administering Lenovo infrastructure easier by allowing users to monitor and support hardware in data centers, branch sites, and edge computing deployments through a single console. The system incorporates functionality previously available separately in Lenovo’s Open Cloud Automation solution.
“Now the customer doesn’t have to have multiple tools to manage what’s in their core data center and what’s in their edge environment,” Amini says.
Automation enhancements in XClarity One, according to Amini, enable organizations to onboard new environments up to three times faster, while built-in predictive analytics deliver advance notice of approaching technical issues and drive automatic remediation and service launches.
New metering functionality, meanwhile, lets users of Lenovo’s TruScale infrastructure-as-a-service program view real-time consumption data as well. All of the products announced today are available through TruScale.
Updates to Lenovo’s ThinkShield security platform include the introduction of Lenovo System Guard, which expands protection from device tampering available inside Lenovo’s own factories and warehouses previously all the way across third-party supply chains out to end users.
“It basically takes a snapshot of the configuration of the entire platform,” Amini explains. “If anything has been tampered with, from memory to I/O to CPU to adapters, IT will be notified as soon as the customer boots up the system.”
A second ThinkShield enhancement called the Modular Root of Trust is designed to provide further, hardware-based protection from tampering and accelerate recovery from successful attacks by equipping devices with trusted, immutable firmware that users can boot into after a breach.
Today’s launch event coincides with the 30th anniversary of the precise date when IBM shipped its first x86-based server, and the 30th year since the launch of IBM’s ThinkPad line of notebooks. Lenovo acquired IBM’s x86 portfolio in 2014. Together, Lenovo and IBM have shipped more than 24 million servers since 1992.