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EYES SMBS Lenovo joins server market

Posted on: February 24, 2009

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/infotech/view_article.php?article_id=174043

By Anna Valmero
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 12:40pm (Mla time) 11/24/2008

Filed Under: Computing & Information Technology, Technology (general), Hardware

MAKATI CITY, Philippines — There is a new kid on the “computer server” block.

In entering the server market, Lenovo Pte Ltd takes a different route as it launched products designed for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

Maria Victoria Agorilla, country general manager of Lenovo Phils, said the move is in anticipation of the growing server niche market for SMBs, as predicted by two studies conducted by Gartner and AIM Research.

In the second quarter, Gartner reported the total server market hit $13.8 billion and shipments rose to 2.3 million units.

Lenovo has licensedo x86 server technology from IBM in January to enter the server market.

Beefing up IBM’s portfolio are new three towers and two-rack x86 servers under the ThinkServer line.

Although the devices are targeted for firms with 500 employees, the devices can cater to up to 1,000 employees which provide room for SMBs to scale up capacity in the future, Agorilla said.

“The devices provide out-of-the-box solution for SMBs and midmarket businesses that require high capacity, robust servers,” said Agorilla.

“The servers fit the needs of SMBs as it comes bundled with software management tools designed to set up, update and manage the server environment,” said Jason Tan, server product manager, Lenovo Asia-Pacific and Japan. This is beneficial, he said, as SMBs often have no dedicated IT staff to manage the server environment.

He added that the devices come with 90-day trial of ThinkPlus priority support that includes 24/7 phone and on-site technical support for hardware and software.

“The new servers provide SMBs with choice, cost competitiveness and scalability,” said Agorilla.

Despite the current financial meltdown, she said they are positive about customer uptake of the products as SMBs will invest on IT to attain sustainability and efficiency of operations.

In terms of financing schemes, Agorilla said Lenovo is working with current clients for easy payment schemes.

She said the China PC maker is in partnership with IBM’s financing division for the client payment support.

The servers work with operating systems from Microsoft, Novell, Redhat and VMWare.

According to Tan, the TS100 tower and RS110 rack servers, designed for simple office applications, come with Intel Core 2 Duo and Xeon 3000 or 3200 processors. The TD100 tower, TD100x tower and RD120 rack servers equipped with Intel Xeon 3000 and 5000 processors are suited to handle database and virtualization applications.

The servers will be launched worldwide except in China.

Lenovo China has already rolled servers before Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC division in 2005 for $1.25 billion.

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