Lenovo celebrates 30 years of ThinkSystem with a slew of new kits • The Register


Lenovo has a wave of more than 50 products and services that coincide with the 30th anniversary of ThinkSystem servers, including AMD and Intel hardware, edge systems, storage arrays, and a unified management platform.

This infrastructure kit and services craze comes amid the ThinkSystem X86 server’s 30th anniversary, Lenovo said, though Reg readers will be aware that the brand has only really existed since Lenovo’s 2014 purchase of IBM’s X86 server division.

The new servers constitute what Lenovo has called its Infrastructure Solutions V3 portfolio, including next-generation ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile and ThinkEdge servers. But there are also new DE Series storage systems and the XClarity One management platform to provide administrators with control, as well as updated cooling options for servers.

Unsurprisingly, the new ThinkSystem servers appear to offer buyers the choice of running AMD Epyc or Intel Xeon Scalable processors, both of which come with DDR5 memory and PCIe 5.0 I/O.

This implies that the systems will be based on the next next generation processors from the two chipmakers, the fourth generation Genoa Epyc chips in the case of AMD and Sapphire Rapids in the case of Intel, because the existing server processors will not not support these technologies.

Additionally, Lenovo said it has made improvements to its Neptune cooling technologies for the new ThinkSystem V3 cases, specifically a hybrid liquid-air (L2A) cooling option that can be deployed “like an air-cooled server,” according to Kamran Amini, vice president and general manager for servers, storage and software-defined infrastructure.

There is a new liquid-to-liquid cooling option for high-density solutions, supported in the ThinkSystem SR630 V3, Amini said. Lenovo’s ThinkAgile V3 enclosures are the company’s hyperconverged systems for private cloud deployments, and there are 32 new SKUs here. ThinkAgile MX and SXM are certified for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and Azure Stack Hub, while ThinkAgile HX are designed for Nutanix platform and ThinkAgile VX enclosures are for VMware vSAN.

Three new infrastructure solutions optimized for specific deployment scenarios were announced; ThinkAgile MX for Microsoft Azure SQL, ThinkAgile MX for Microsoft Azure Backup and Recovery, and ThinkAgile MX for Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop.

Lenovo is offering four new ThinkSystem DE Series storage arrays as part of this product wave, including the DE6400F and DE6600F all-flash enclosures and the DE6400H and DE6600H hybrid arrays, all-flash units up to 1.8 PB in capacity, the company said. .

For administrators, Lenovo offers an updated version of its management platform, XClarity One, which is designed as a unified management tool from the data center to the edge.

This was designed as a cloud-based SaaS platform, Amini said, but Lenovo will apparently also make available an on-premises deployment option for customers who want it. XClarity One allows customers to deploy and manage systems remotely, and is claimed to offer up to three times faster integration.

We intended to share with readers more details regarding this wave of products and services from Lenovo, but the company told us that hardware specifications are not yet available, and details regarding the availability of all products are due. also be announced at a later date.

However, Lenovo hinted that more details could be leaked at its upcoming Lenovo Tech World event for customers next month. ®

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