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Comptuer maker Lenovo announced two additions to the ThinkServer family – the TS130 and the TS430 – that are designed to give small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) and corporate branch offices a performance boost and manageability tools. Suited for businesses with few or no IT staff, they feature Intel Xeon processor technology, and also offer a slew of remote management tools and offer user-friendly setup.

The single processor TS130 and TS430 leverage the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 processors, which offer up to 30 percent better performance than previous generations. Ideal for front-office, retail or back office deployment, these servers boast RAID and storage, and also offer a solution for managed service providers, due to their remote manageability features that manage customers’ networks.

Equipped with new Intel AMT 7.0 manageability tools, the ThinkServer TS130 comes with a variety of storage choices, onboard RAID and remote manageability features that the company said are ideal for small businesses that require server-grade quality at an affordable price.

“The ThinkServer TS430 changes the game for small business servers,” said Tom Ribble, director of worldwide marketing for Lenovo’s ThinkServer Business Unit. “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.”

The company also announced the ThinkCentre M71e, an entry-level desktop, which features second-generation Intel Core i processors, rapid boot up and security authentication features. The desktop’s View Management Utility and Password Manager Software to manage passwords for encrypted drives offer enhanced security, while the desktop also supports up to four individual monitors for working with lots of visual information. The desktop also meets Energy Star guidelines and U.S. EPEAT Gold specifications to help reduce costs through efficient power consumption.

The ThinkServer TS130 and TS430 server and ThinkCentre M71e desktop start at $499, $699 and $529, respectively, through business partners and Lenovo’s Web site. The servers will be available at the end of June, and the ThinkCentre M71e desktop will be available beginning in July, according to a company release.