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Lenovo’s rack-mount ThinkServer RD210 adds Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors and management tools to a workhorse data center server to make it an able competitor in the tightly competitive 1U arena.

The two-socket ThinkServer RD210, which began shipping in May 2009, joins a crowded field of general-purpose servers that have been revamped to take advantage of Intel’s Xeon 5500 family of processors. As is the hallmark for servers in this class, the ThinkServer RD210 lays the groundwork for boosted RAM configurations by providing 16 DIMM (dual in-line memory module) slots. More RAM enables greater virtual machine density. By marrying this greater RAM capacity to more efficient power use made possible by Intel’s processors, the RD210 becomes a cooler running, energy-sipping and quieter system compared with previous-generation Lenovo rackable servers.

The ThinkServer RD210 fits in the middle of Lenovo’s server family and sports many energy-efficient features that will enable solution providers to frame a sales conversation with their customers around power consumption savings.

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