Lenovo Wants to Simplify Conference Room Collaboration…

Equipping a conference room used to be really easy. You’d specify a speaker phone for the room, maybe select a couple of white boards and a flip chart, specify a conference table and chairs and that’d be about it. Video conferencing attempted to disrupt this several times, but a lack of compatibility, poor ease of use, and extreme expense tended to keep it from getting to true critical mass. The bigger problem was the systems tended to be underutilized once in. Same with digital white boards there was a bit of excitement around them, but folks didn’t seem to want to learn how to use them, so they too never really got to critical mass. The choice seemed top be, keep it simple and get complaints about not having tools that were really expensive, make a guess about the advanced technology and then try to defend the expense against little subsequent usage, or pass the task of equipping the conference rooms to someone you really don’t like. Generally, the last choice tended to be the best for you, but it hardly put you in the running for best co-worker of the year. What makes the Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub 700 interesting is that it addresses most of the pain points I know of in conference room technology without adding a ton of complexity. It seems to follow the KISS rule of “Keep It Simple Stupid” which is something we all should have had engraved on our foreheads years ago. Let’s talk about conference room solutions this week. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Lenovo‘s Cool Fix for HPC Energy Consumption

High performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing haven’t always been closely associated with energy efficiency. In fact, for the first four decades (beginning in the early 1960s) of commercial supercomputing, owners were far more concerned with systems’ computational capabilities than the electrical energy they consumed. That was mainly because of the unique value of custom-built systems like the Cray CDC 6600 (delivered in 1964) which performed highly complex calculations faster than most people could imagine. In addition, the heady price tags of supercomputers limited interest in the systems to any but the deepest-pocketed large enterprises and government labs—organizations that cared more about results than virtually any cost. External events began to change that dynamic beginning in the early 2000s. Those points resonate in Lenovo’s new ThinkSystem SD650, a high-density commercial solution designed to maximize compute performance for HPC workloads and applications while minimizing energy consumption. Let’s take a look at how power issues are impacting HPC and supercomputing, what Lenovo has achieved and how its new ThinkSystem SD650 addresses customers’ energy constraints and concerns. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Lenovo Surfs “Three Wave” Strategy to Success

Consistency may be, as Emerson noted, the “hobgoblin of little minds,” but for performance-focused analysts and investors it can qualify as the difference between a company “walking the talk” and one muttering incoherently in an alleyway. Why is that the case? Partly because it helps clarify central points for market-watchers who hope future events can be prognosticated from today’s tea leaves. In other words, the more often and regularly a business achieves its goals, the more likely they are to repeat themselves. Plus, reaching or exceeding those touchstones also signals that a company and its leadership knows what they are about organizationally and in market terms. Those are good points to consider when examining Lenovo’s latest 2017/18 Fiscal Year Q3 earnings report and the light it casts on the company’s overall performance and market prospects. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Lenovo DCG – Continuing to TRANSFORM…

Back in June, I attended a media and analyst event in New York City hosted by Lenovo’s Data Center Group (DCG) and entitled, TRANSFORM. The point of the event was to highlight the strategic expansion and repositioning of DCG’s enterprise portfolio to address and support what Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang called an “intelligence (industrial) revolution that is already here.” The primary drivers for this revolution are the massive growth of information, along with advances in big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). The value of that information rests in the insights it provides about business processes, customers, suppliers, partners and competitors. Some might say that Lenovo’s strategy offers little in the way of new or original thinking. After all, most or all other system vendors and server makers support initiatives that are similar to Lenovo’s. But the bigger questions are in how the company’s new DCG portfolio approaches those issues, how it is continuing to evolve and how well its strategy is resonating with customers. Let’s consider those points further. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Understanding The Hype Around Hyperconverged Infrastructure

There is a lot of hype around hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). All the big vendors and a number of lesser-known smaller ones are in the game. Dell EMC has doubled down on its HCI portfolio investments; NetApp is entering the market leveraging its Solidfire technology; HPE is investing in growing its SimpliVity line; Cisco acquired Springpath so it could offer its own line, but it also partners with Nutanix, HPE and just about everyone else! Speaking of Nutanix, it was a category pioneer (along with SimpliVity) and its Dell EMC branded business is still growing, even though Dell EMC has somewhat competing products with VxRack and VxRail (the 3 HCI products serve different use cases – a topic for another blog!). Nutanix is also doing a healthy business through Lenovo and its channel partners and it has an agreement with IBM to offer its HCI on Power systems. Lesser-known (but fast growing) Pivot3 just announced 50% growth in bookings! Hitachi Vantara has a product it is also leveraging for Lumada IoT, and VMware sells vSAN for HCI use cases. I’m still just scratching the surface- I know I’ve left some vendors out – it’s a long list! What’s behind all this vendor investment and noise? Lots of user interest. Edwin Yuen and I recently sat down and dug into our new HCI research. In this video, we define what HCI is, discuss why IT organizations are so interested, and look at how HCI will impact more traditional approaches to IT infrastructure. Please watch and I would love to hear your feedback! To read the complete article, CLICK...

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