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Lenovo Reveals Two ThinkServers Designed for Cloud

By - Source: Lenovo

This week Lenovo introduced two new performance-optimized rack servers, the ThinkServer RD540 and ThinkServer RD640, featuring the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors. They're highly efficient and flexible, the company claims, designed for easy integration into existing IT infrastructures that handle demanding virtualization, cloud and compute-intensive workloads. They're ideal for educational institutions looking for an affordable solution with a lot of punch.

"When optionally equipped with Stoneware’s webNetwork software, school administrators, students and staff can access data, applications and services from a multitude of devices and platforms using just a browser," reads the company's press release. "With low price points, built-in redundancy, high reliability components and sophisticated cooling technology, the RD540 and RD640 deliver outstanding value for higher education."

The ThinkServer RD540 arrives in a 1U rack form factor supporting up to two Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series v2 processors, up to 320 GB in 20 slots (RDIMM, LVDIMM), and two PCIe GEN3 expansion slots. The server also supports up to four 3.5 inch hot swappable drives, and up to eight 2.5 inch hot swappable drives. Maximum internal storage is 16 TB using 3.5 inch SATA drives, and up to 8 TB using 2.5 inch SATA drives. Network interfaces include two integrated Gigabit Ethernet and one Gigabit Ethernet port shared with the ThinkServer Management module.

The ThinkServer RD640 features a 2U Rack form factor, and supports up to two Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series v2 processors. This server also supports up to 320 GB of memory in 20 slots (RDIMM, LVDIMM), and six PCIe GEN3 expansion slots. Storage options consist of up to eight 3.5 inch hot swappable drives or up to sixteen 2.5 inch hot swappable drives, up to 32 TB of maximum storage using 3.5 inch SATA drives and up to 16 TB of maximum storage using 2.5 inch SATA drives. There are also two integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports and a third Gigabit port for the ThinkServer Management Module.

Both rack servers support:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012,
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008,
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2,
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011,
  • Novel SUSE Linux Enterprise Server,
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server,
  • VMware vSphere & VMware ESXi.

"Both of these new ThinkServers are based on open standards and management protocols and fit seamlessly into any hybrid network environment. Innovative Lenovo Smart Grid power management technology uses Intel Node Manager to scale power management to the data center level, simultaneously managing as many as 1,000 server nodes," reads the press release. "Smart Grid can be used at each level of the data center hierarchy—rack, row, room or group—to provide IT policy-based, power management that increases server utilization while significantly lowering energy consumption and operating costs."

The ThinkServer RD540 and RD640 are will be available November 4th starting at $1,599.


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