Lenovo Unveils First Enterprise Product Group Server

by Pedro Hernandez

The ThinkPad maker commences its journey to the data center with the new Intel-powered ThinkServer TD330 for SMBs.

In the wake of the Windows 8 launch, Lenovo may seem preoccupied with bringing new tablets and touch-friendly ThinkPad notebooks to market. But in reality, the PC company has some bigger aspirations.

This week, the company unveiled the first offering from its Enterprise Product Group, the ThinkServer TD330.

Earlier this summer Lenovo had revealed its plan to become a major player in the enterprise IT systems market when it announced a collaboration with EMC to bring storage and servers to the data center. At the time, Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang said, "Today's announcement with industry leader EMC is another solid step in our journey to build on our foundation in PCs and become a leader in the new PC-plus era."

Headed by Roy Guillen, Lenovo's Enterprise Product Group is getting ready to wade into a competitive market dominated by IT giants like Dell, HP and IBM.  "We’ve placed expanded emphasis on building our server portfolio this year, introducing products that meet the needs of all our customers — from enterprise customers to small businesses," says Guillen in a statement.

Server DatacenterIndications are that Lenovo is focusing on the latter and taking a "from the ground up" approach for its new enterprise technology division.

Sporting a tower form factor and chips from Intel's Xeon E5-2400 (Sandy Bridge) line of server processors, the TD330 provides up to 16 cores of processing power to handle workloads of branch locations and SMB environments that may be dabbling in virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs).

The TD330 features onboard RAID with battery backup and caching options. Also available are a variety of hard drive and networking options, hot swap support and up to 192 GB of memory.

On the management front, the TD330 includes EasyStartup, EasyUpdate and EasyManage. As their names imply, these tools provide simple to use setup, configuration and management features for environments lacking in IT staff, according to the company. Lenovo is also offering a management module with iKVM for customers seeking remote monitoring and configuration.

All told, the new server is a good starting point for small organizations looking for high performance and room to grow, says Guillen. "The ThinkServer TD330 meets the need of an organization that demands flawless dual socket performance in a flexible, scalable tower solution, and values the reliability and sturdiness that ThinkServer products are known for," he states.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on Tuesday Nov 6th 2012
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