New, low-power single-socket services are designed for edge computing workloads and virtualized environments
Lenovo is looking to make a splash in edge computing with a new single-socket, low-power server build on AMD’s EPYC processors. The versatility of the new servers will give resellers and integrators more options for serving customers with diverse computing needs, the company says.
The Lowdown: Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 servers are made for high performance in challenging use cases. Lenovo says the servers are compact and energy-efficient — thanks to the AMD EPYC processors — for edge computing use cases such as smart cities. At the same time, Lenovo says the servers provide the processing power required for high-performance workloads in virtualized enviornments.
The Details: The ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 run on the AMD EPYC 7002 series processor, providing the processing power and energy savings that give the servers a punch for various workloads. The greater capacity of the servers allows for more virtualized applications, storage, and graphics processing. Lenovo says this translates into software licensing cost savings of as much as 73%.
The Impact: Lenovo is making the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 available to all resellers and integrators through its channel program. The servers are eligible for Lenovo’s channel incentives and enablement support. Lenovo is aiming to use the new servers as a means of stimulating channel productivity and capturing market share from leaders Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Dell.
Background: According to IDC, Lenovo is the fourth-largest server vendor in the world, holding a 5.7% share. Comparatively, Dell is the market leader, with a 20% share, followed by HPE, with a share of 18%.
The Buzz: “Lenovo’s endless pursuit of innovations to accelerate our customers’ intelligent transformation has been paramount in our rise to become one of the fastest-growing data center OEMs in the world,” said Doug Fisher, COO and senior vice president of business units at Lenovo Data Center Group. “Today Lenovo is expanding our AMD relationship with new, fully optimized solutions to help our joint customers address complex and data-intensive workloads, enabling them to do more with less while still providing uncompromised end-to-end security.”
“Lenovo’s integration of next-generation I/O and processing technology gives Allot the ability to manage more network bandwidth at higher speeds, allowing us to pull actionable insights from increasingly heavy traffic without any degradation in performance,” said Mark Shteiman, AVP of product management at Allot. “The communication service providers and enterprises we support need to see and react to their network needs in real time. We evaluated Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 server platform prototypes and were immediately impressed.”
“The combination of Lenovo’s quality and resilience and the breakthrough performance of the second-gen AMD EPYC processor deliver what our customers need to support their mission critical deployments,” said Bruce Milne, vice president, CMO, and general manager at Pivot3. “As [our] customers expand their use of intelligent infrastructure for safe airport, campus, hospitality, and transportation use cases, security, resilience, and management simplicity at scale are critically important. AMD and Lenovo allow us to deliver all of that and to delight our customers.”