Dell, Lenovo Among OEMs Launching Intel 'Grantley'-Based Servers

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-09-08 Print this article Print

In all, Dell is rolling out three rack systems (including the R630), a tower server (T630) and a blade (M630).

For its part, Lenovo is launching two rack ThinkServers—the RD550 and RD650—and the TD350 tower system that officials said offer high levels of performance, flexibility and reliability in small packages that are also more energy efficient than their predecessors, all important factors when talking about the growing amount of data being generated and the increasing numbers of devices people are using to create and access that data.

"We know our customers are always looking for ways to do more with less, and they're always dealing with shrinking budgets," Nancy Reaves, senior product manager at Lenovo, told eWEEK.

The new systems come as Lenovo is in the process of buying IBM's x86 server business for $2.3 billion, a deal that recently received U.S. approval and is expected to close by the end of the year. Reaves said the systems will fit in well with those from IBM. "We see our portfolios as very complementary," she said.

The rack systems are designed with drive trays, chassis and system boards that are designed to enable them to do more work in less space through greater storage density and more I/O connectivity in standard 1U (1.75-inch) and 2U form factors. With the designs, the 1U RD550 can hold up to 12 drive bays and up to 26.4 terabytes of internal storage, numbers that are equal to what customers will find in most 2U systems, according to Lenovo officials. Meanwhile, the RD650 holds up to 26 drive bays and up to 74.4TB of internal storage. While the RD550 is aimed at enterprise applications and compute-intensive workloads, the larger system targets storage-demanding applications, including databases, data analytics and video streaming.

Both servers also offer hybrid chassis configurations that hold both 2.5- and 3.5-inch drives for tiered environments, and also allow for the option of two M.2 SSDs.

In addition, Lenovo is offering its new AnyFabric, AnyBay and AnyRAID technologies that support multiple combinations of I/O technologies (AnyFabric) and storage types (AnyBay) in the same drive bay. In addition, the systems offer the AnyRAID adapters that will improve data protection and performance without taking any PCI-Express slots.

The 4U (7-inch) TD350, which is aimed at smaller and midsize businesses, offers up to two of the new Intel chips, and brings almost triple the memory capacity and double the storage capacity of its predecessors, with up to 512GB of DDR4 memory and 90TB of internal storage.

The systems also feature power efficiency capabilities that enable them to continuously run at 113 degrees Fahrenheit without impacting reliability, which will help businesses drive down cooling costs and increase server utilization. Plus, they come with such management features as configuration and deployments tools embedded in the system, energy management and power planning.



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