Lenovo Debuts Small Business Servers

by Thor Olavsrud

Building on the design principles of its popular ThinkPad line of laptops, Lenovo is adding to its small business technology line with a new entry-level small business server and a new high-end small business server.

Lenovo today unveiled two new small business servers built on the design principles of the company's popular ThinkPad laptops and featuring the latest Intel Xeon chips and remote management features.


Both offerings are part of the ThinkServer family and are intended as technology that slots easily into small businesses with little or no IT staff. Andrew Jeffries, worldwide product manager for ThinkServer, said that like the ThinkPad line, Lenovo designed the small business servers to be robust and simple to use.


The ThinkServer TS130 and TS430 are single-socket and dual-socket rack servers, respectively, that Jeffries said were designed to be sleek and have a small footprint to make them ideal for front-office or retail floor deployment but also powerful enough for the back office. Both small business servers boast sophisticated remote manageability features that fit well with the needs of small businesses that use managed service providers (MSPs) for their IT needs. The remote management features allow for remote support, patch management and power on/off.


The TS130 is the new entry-level ThinkServer, replacing the existing TS200V. It will launch later this week with a price starting at $499.


"The TS130 offers a wonderful first-server solution to anyone that has a tiny IT staff or has no IT staff but needs a true server solution," Jeffries said.


It features the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 processors, which Intel unveiled in March. Lenovo said the new chips are up to 30 percent faster than previous processors based on the Westmere architecture. The TS130 also features Intel AMT 7.0 manageability tools, up to 4.0TB of internal SATA storage and onboard RAID configurations.


Meanwhile, the TS430 is a new entry in the ThinkServer line intended as a workhorse small business server. It will launch on June 20 in the U.S. and debut in Europe in July. Its price starts at $699.


"The thing that's going to turn a lot of heads is that $699 price point," Jeffries said. "Small business customers are really going to love the value and they're going to love the scalability of this box."


Like the TS130, the TS430 features the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 processors. But the TS430 also features redundant, high-efficiency power supplies, up to 16TB of SATA storage or 4.8TB internal SAS storage with up to eight hot swap drives, front-side drive access and a ThinkServer Management Module with available iKVM.

"Relatively tall and slender, incredibly quiet and cool, it is an absolute workhorse designed for small business," Jeffries said. "It is instantly the largest capacity storage server we have."


"The ThinkServer TS430 changes the game for small business servers,"  Tom Ribble, director of worldwide marketing for the ThinkServer Business Unit, said. "With outstanding storage scalability, premium SAS RAID and redundant power choices, the ThinkServer TS430 delivers all these features and world-class quality at unmatched prices."


Both the TS130 and TS430 small business servers come in multiple configurations with an array of ThinkServer Ready components to address specific business needs. Customers can choose data backup options like LTO and RDX tape storage, UPS for network protection and battery backup, and a variety of popular Microsoft solutions including Small Business Server 2011 Essentials or Standard.


Along with the new servers, Lenovo also introduced the ThinkCentre M71e, an entry-level desktop geared to small businesses and corporate offices. The desktop, which will begin shipping in July at a $529 starting price point, replaces the ThinkCentre M70e.


Lenovo designed the M71e to boot up and be ready to work in under 15 seconds. Bill Dominici, North American product manager for ThinkCentre, said Lenovo worked closely with Microsoft to tailor the Windows operating system to start up and shut down rapidly on the machine.


"Our startup times and shut down times are much faster than what you've previously seen," he said.


The M71e features 2nd generation Intel Core I processors, new security authentication features and support for up to four individual monitors.


Thor Olavsrud is a contributor to SmallBusinessComputing.com and a former senior editor at InternetNews.com. He covers operating systems, standards and security, among other technologies.


This article was originally published on Wednesday Jun 15th 2011
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