"Similar to the market dynamics following the company's acquisition of IBM's PC group a decade ago, it took some time for Lenovo's own personality and vision of the server market to come clear and solidify," King said. "I'd say these new and updated systems go a long way to accomplishing that."
Lenovo says that its rack and tower servers will help customers implement software-defined and hyper-converged systems. They're designed to run in-memory databases, large transactional databases, batch and real-time analytics, ERP and CRM applications and virtualized server workloads.
The new servers include the ThinkSystem SR950, which scales from two to eight processors in a 4U form factor. Front and rear access to all major subsystems allow it to be serviced without requiring removal from the rack.
Among the newly designed ThinkSystem blades are the SN550 and SN850, which can be plugged into the Lenovo Flex System chassis, designed to let users install different, multiple processors and standard Ethernet as well as Fibre Channel switches. The SN550 and SN850 blades will support the upcoming Intel Xeon Scalable Family processor based on the company's Skylake architecture, as well SAS, SATA and NVMe disk drives.
The SD530 with the ThinkSystem D2 chassis is the new ThinkSystem entry into the 2U4N form factor, offering the option of having different I/O modules to match workload needs.
The servers will be available in the third quarter and more specs, as well as pricing, will be unveiled after Intel's Skylake launch in July.
The new line of storage area network (SAN) arrays includes the ThinkSystem DS2200, aimed at small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). It can hold up to 12 3.5-inch or 24 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) internally, and supports up to 96 drives total (using three expansion units).
On the high end of the line, the DS6200 offers 12Gbs SAS, up to 16Gbs Fibre Channel, or up to 10Gbs iSCSI throughput. It can hold up to 24 2.5-inch HDDs and SSDs internally, and supports up to 240 drives total. Pricing for the SAN arrays, available in the third quarter, starts at $7,000 for the DS2200 and goes up to the mid-$20,000 level for all-flash storage with the DS6200.
New switches include the ThinkSystem NE1072T, which offers 48 10GBase-T and six 40Gbps QSFP (Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable) uplink ports. Other switches in the product family include the 32-port, 10GbE (10Gbps Ethernet) NE1032 RackSwitch; the 24-port 10GBase-T ToR (top-of-rack) NE1032T data center cloud switch; the NE2572 25 Gbs/100Gbs Ethernet aggregation leaf switch, designed to aggregate traffic from server nodes and connet to the network core; and the NE10032,100Gbs Ethernet spine switch. Prices for the switches, to be released next quarter, were unavailable at launch.
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