Lenovo Prices ThinkServer for ValueBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
Lenovo's new lineup of ThinkServers are priced for value-conscious customers, with prices starting at under $900 and coming with many standard features including remote management capabilities, energy saving configurations and advanced data protection.
Lenovo has introduced three new ThinkServers at prices starting under $900, marking the company’s debut into the value dual processor server market. The Lenovo RD230, and RD240 rack servers and TD230 tower server offer features including remote management, energy saving configurations and advanced data protection.
Pricing for models of the ThinkServer RD230, RD240 and TD230 start at $999, $1,399 and $829, respectively. All of the servers are available immediately through Lenovo business partners.
"These new ThinkServers are changing the model in the value server market," said Tom Ribble, director, ThinkServer Product Marketing at Lenovo, in a statement. "Instead of offering customers expensive add-ons, we built in manageability and performance features, like remote management and hot swappable drives, that growing businesses need. And we did this while keeping prices extremely affordable."
The RD230 and RD240 rack servers include the following standard features:
- Built in advanced RAID for advanced data protection on the RD230
- Web-enabled remote management tools to enable managed service providers to remotely monitor and manage their clients’ IT systems
- Hot swappable hard drive storage to eliminate downtime and give IT managers flexibility in assigning data to specific locations
- A DVD writer
The servers also offer Intel Xeon 5500 and 5600 series processors which enables them run 60 percent faster than older generation servers. The servers can include up to eight hard drives, eight terabytes of storage and dual power supplies. The slightly larger RD240 rack caters to businesses that need to run high performance database, transaction and other line of business applications.
The TD230 tower provides managed solution providers and businesses the flexibility and performance they need to outfit nearly any work environment. Customers can choose between direct connect or hot swap configurations, as well as among a variety of high performance and high capacity hard drives.
Because towers are usually located under a user’s desk, the TD230 runs "whisper quiet" and even quieter than many desktops, Lenovo said. Optimized for energy savings, it features a greater than 90 percent efficient power supply and is the only value two processor server to be designed with the EnergyStar for Servers 1.0 specification, according to Lenovo.
Lenovo’s server solution is available with ThinkPlus Priority Support which provides services such as next business day warranty service, 24x7 hardware and software phone support as well as priority call routing to advanced technicians. For customers who want on-site hardware installation and online training, Lenovo also offers the ThinkPlus Productivity service plan.
Managed service platform provider Level Platforms has certified the new servers for monitoring and management by their Managed Workplace solution. Level Platforms also developed new policy modules for each of the new servers, which are available to managed service providers (MSPs) as part of the policy module library. This certification ensures that MSPs can use the built in ThinkServer management tools and that the servers can be integrated seamlessly into Level Platforms’ solution.
Lenovo first entered the server business in September 2008.