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Lenovo announces X6 server additions, SAP HANA optimized and ISV enterprise solutions

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Lenovo announced Tuesday additions to its X6 server portfolio and prequalified ISV enterprise solutions including offerings optimized for the SAP HANA platform.

The products include two Flex System X6 compute nodes (System x480 X6 and Flex System x880 X6) and two System x rack servers (System x3850 X6 and the System x3950 X6), both managed by the company’s systems management solution, XClarity, which it announced last month.

The goal, according to Lenovo is to “improve performance and speed deployment of demanding workloads such as cloud, database, ERP, virtualization, and business analytics.”

“Our focus is to improve performance across a range of applications,” said Stuart McRae, director of enterprise server marketing at Lenovo.  He cited performance improvements to the X6 rack servers which exceeded 50 per cent over older systems thanks to the Intel Xeon E7-4800 v3 processors housed inside.

The x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 will have four and eight sockets respectively and will be modular, allowing components such as storage, I/O cards, fans and power supplies to be swapped out.  They also support DDR4 memory and up to 192 DIMM slots.

As for the compute nodes, the four-socket Flex System x480 X6 and eight socket x880 X6 feature the Intel Xeon processor  E7-8800/4800 v3 with up to 144 cores.  Their target application is real-time analytics.

Lenovo’s announcements did not stop here, however.

The company also announced that it would be offering SAP-certified solutions optimized for SAP HANA workloads based on the System x3850 X6 and System x3950 X6 server platforms.

Lenovo’s offerings in partnership with EMC include SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration with EMC, and EMC VSPEX for classis SAP environments.

Lastly, Lenovo has also partnered with other companies including Microsoft, VMware and Citrix on enterprise ISV solutions with a goal to “simplify and reduce deployment costs, allowing organizations with strained IT resources to focus on the needs of their growing business,” the company said.

These include:

  • Lenovo Solution for Microsoft Scale Out File Server
  • Lenovo Solution for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Lenovo Solution for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Lenovo Solution for VMware vCloud Suite 6.0
  • Lenovo Solution for VMware Horizon 6.0
  • Lenovo Solution for Citrix XenDesktop 7.6
  • Lenovo Solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Lenovo Solution for Engineering Analysis
  • Lenovo Solution for ANSYS
  • Lenovo Solution for Financial Services
  • Lenovo Solution for Life Sciences

The System x3850 X6 and the System x3950 X6 will be available to the channel from May 26 and will start at $7,979.  The Flex System x480 X6 and Flex System x880 X6 will be available from May 27 starting at $10,415.