Lenovo is taking on established server manufacturers like Dell, HP and IBM in an effort to become a major player in the x86 server market.
The company pushed that message at the recent Intel Developer Forum by introducing two new affordable low-end tower servers and also previewing a two-socket ThinkServer system powered by Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors.
While Lenovo is seeking to push its way into a crowded and increasingly commoditized market, the company hopes its top-rated servers and partnerships with storage firms like EMC and software vendors like Microsoft, VMware and Red Hat will entice customers with the combination of server hardware and software interoperability they need.
The two two servers announced at IDF, the ThinkServer TS140 and TS440, are powered by the latest Xeon E3-1200 v3 chips from Intel and are aimed at small and midsized companies. The upcoming Xeon E5-2600 v2-powered ThinkServer rack systems, on the other hand, will move up the ladder and target companies running such workloads as Web, virtualization and databases.
It’s a part of the server market that is getting a lot of attention by most server vendors, which will pose a challenge to Lenovo.