Lenovo unleashes new servers, workstations

Lenovo has announced a line of servers in its ThinkServer family aimed at enabling customers to deploy cloud and virtualisation services.

Built for managing complex workloads, the release of its RD530 and RD 630 rack servers will provide a reduction in power of 160 percent compared to previous server offerings.

Available direct from Lenovo or through its business partners from mid June, the RD 530 and RD 630 will cost $2,399 and $2,699 respectively.

The two-socket rack servers will be come with Intel Xeon processors, holding up to eight cores per processor.   This means achieving up to 30 percent greater CPU performance that current Lenovo server platforms.

Both of the servers are sold with up to 320 GB of RAM, in 20 DIMM slots, advanced RAID controller options and memory capacity for up to 16 hard drives.

Lenovo has also announced an entry level workstation for SMBs and professionals operating on more of a budget.  With this in mind, prices will kick off at around $629.

The Lenovo ThinkStation E31 comes as either a mini-tower or small form factor, and will ship with Intel Xeon or Ivy Bridge i7 chips, alongside enhanced memory and graphics capabilities.  Graphics will be delivered either via Intel HD Graphics P4000 or Nvidia Quadro cards.

The tower model will feature up to 9TB of storage, or 6TB for the SFF.   A wide gamut of software will be shipped with the servers, including Windows 7 Professional as well as software aimed directly at creative and financial customers.

Speaking to ChannelBiz UK, Lenovo said that the Think brand of products is vital in its push to dominate more of the PC market in Europe, with the firm intent on raising awareness of its premium brand across a wider audience.