Lenovo Announces the Opening of its North American Enterprise Briefing Center
Apr 16 15
Lenovo announced the opening of its North American Enterprise Briefing Center, a newly designed space that offers customers comprehensive access to the company's entire portfolio of enterprise products, innovations and services. Located on Lenovo's Research Triangle Park campus and designed in partnership with The Brand Experience. The new Enterprise Briefing Center is 11,000 square feet of briefing space with equipment that customers can view, demo and interact with. The center will make several types of briefings available - including general solution meetings or themed briefings that focus on specific challenges and opportunities - to provide customers with a consolidated, one-stop-shop to brainstorm, test and experience Lenovo's most progressive enterprise innovations.
Lenovo Announces WRITEit
Apr 15 15
Lenovo Group Limited announced WRITEit, an innovative new software application that makes the handwriting experience on select pen-enabled devices better. WRITEit transforms pen writing to a truly useful and practical solution for entering input: It allows users to write nearly anywhere they can type. It works across select Lenovo Windows® 8 devices with digitizer, active pen or AnyPen technology and provides real-time feedback and correction. All these advantages encourage more opportunities for users to write with a pen rather than type on a keyboard, giving them a continuous, faster and more accurate experience. Unlike the handwriting experience on many devices, WRITEit lets users write their input directly into virtually any text field that accepts typed input, even if the field is in an app without native pen support. This capability takes handwriting from a limited, app-specific novelty to a truly viable means of input. WRITEit opens up a world of new writing possibilities beyond typical note-taking and drawing apps. For example, users can write search terms directly in a browser to quickly search the web instead of using the on-screen keyboard. WRITEit also works well for emails, social media, online forms and more. WRITEit works in the background as users are writing and converts handwriting to text characters in real time. Speedy writers will love the automatic suggestion tool that offers alternatives to unrecognized words, helping to catch typos and getting text right the first time. A collection of gesture commands also makes editing easy.
Lenovo Introduces New Systems Management Software and Networking Solutions
Apr 8 15
Lenovo announced Lenovo XClarity™, a simple, fast, secure, and automated systems management solution. The company also unveiled new networking offerings, including two new Lenovo RackSwitch top-of-rack network switches designed to optimize the performance of Lenovo server and storage solutions, and the Lenovo Flex System SI4091, a low-cost system interconnect module for Flex Systems. All of these offerings add to the company’s growing portfolio of enterprise solutions targeting the traditional IT data center, as well as private and public cloud environments. Lenovo XClarityis the ideal solution for small to large enterprises, service providers, and government organizations. Lenovo XClarity addresses critical customer requirements including the need to centralize and streamline hardware resource management, speed cloud and traditional infrastructure deployments, and enable visibility and control of physical resources from external, higher level management software tools. The new solution is available in two editions, Lenovo XClarity Administrator and Lenovo XClarity Pro. Lenovo XClarity Administrator – built upon a modern, agent-less virtual appliance architecture which supports select System x servers and the Flex System converged infrastructure platform1–can be easily configured by an IT professional in minutes rather than the hours it typically takes with traditional system management solutions. The tablet-friendly user interface features an uncluttered design, allowing users to find critical information and execute tasks quickly. Cloud and traditional server deployments can be simplified and expedited by automating core infrastructure tasks such as firmware updates, configuration management, and operating system deployments, which helps free IT resources to focus on other critical business needs. Open REST application program interfaces (APIs) enable developers to easily integrate the solution with external cloud orchestration or IT service management software tools, such as Microsoft System Center and VMware vRealize solutions. Lenovo XClarity Pro includes Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter and Lenovo XClarity Integrator for Microsoft System Center, along with Lenovo XClarity Administrator. The software is intended for customers looking to further centralize their server management activities within the virtualization management environment. Lenovo XClarity Pro streamlines server maintenance in cluster environments to reduce workload downtime, where workloads are dynamically moved from affected hosts through automated, non-disruptive rolling reboots and firmware updates. Additionally, Lenovo XClarity Pro reduces unplanned downtime by dynamically evacuating workloads from affected hosts during predicted hardware failures. Lenovo RackSwitch G8296 and Lenovo RackSwitch G8272 are two new top-of-rack networking switches optimized to support Lenovo server and storage solutions in the data center. These cloud ready switches deliver optimized, low latency performance for 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet connectivity and support OpenFlow and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) communication protocols. Lenovo Flex System SI4091 is a low-cost interconnect module supporting 10Gb Ethernet or FCoE designed to simplify network and interoperability challenges faced by IT system administrators. The module features pre-configured settings that eliminate the need to configure each device or individual ports, thus reducing the number of required management points. Lenovo XClarity Administrator and Lenovo XClarity Pro will be available during the second quarter of 2015 with a list price of $200 per managed server and $350 per managed server, respectively. Lenovo RackSwitch G8272 will be available the end of April 2015, with a list price of $19,999, and the Lenovo RackSwitch G8296 will be available August 2015 with a list price of $29,999. Lenovo Flex System SI4091 will be available end of April 2015 with a list price of $7,999.