Lenovo Data Center Group Delivers Broad Edge Computing Portfolio, Expands Investments in IoT

  • Lenovo unveils its ThinkSystem SE350 edge server, the first of a
    family of edge servers to come from the firm
  • Lenovo highlights new IoT solutions in video security and surveillance
    through its partnership with Pivot3 and Future-Ready Retail Store
    Infrastructure through its partnership with Scale Computing
  • Lenovo showcases a Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) platform along
    with Wind, WizR, Vertiv and Intel hosting VR applications at the edge
  • Part of Lenovo’s co-chair mission in O-RAN, Lenovo demonstrates a
    first 5G virtualized O-RAN solution providing flexibility and
    efficiency to Communication Service Providers including China Mobile
  • Lenovo showcases next generation composable infrastructure using
    Intel® Rack Scale Design in a joint innovation partnership with Orange

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Next week at MWC Barcelona, Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) will showcase
continued investments in its solutions supporting IoT and edge computing
as part of its IoT growth plan over the next few years. Building on the
momentum of its fifth consecutive quarter of profit growth, Lenovo DCG
is building a portfolio that takes infrastructure to where the data is,
whether that be in the traditional data center, in the cloud or
increasingly, at the edge.

Today, around 10 percent of enterprise-generated data is created and
processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By
2022, Gartner
predicts this figure will reach 75 percent. This migration is driving
increased concerns around data privacy, security and regulations coupled
with challenges of latency, bandwidth and downtime. Lenovo is addressing
these challenges by creating a broad portfolio of edge
computing offerings
that address the different ways that customers
want to deploy edge computing solutions for IoT use cases.

At MWC Barcelona, Lenovo will unveil the ThinkSystem SE350, an edge
server that is just slightly larger than a ThinkPad. This purpose-built
server will come to market this summer and is half the width and
significantly shorter than a traditional server, making it ideal for
deployment in tight spaces. It can be mounted on a wall, stacked on a
shelf or mounted in a rack. The ThinkSystem SE350 puts increased
processing power, storage and network closer to where data is generated,
allowing actions resulting from the analysis of that data to take place
more quickly. Since these edge servers are typically deployed outside of
secure data centers, they include technology that encrypts the data
stored on the device if it is tampered with, only enabling authorized
users to access it. In addition, the server will support both Wi-Fi and
LTE connectivity.

“There is tremendous opportunity to help customers realize the power
that edge computing can bring to their organizations,” said Kirk
Skaugen, Executive Vice President, Lenovo and President of Lenovo Data
Center Group. “We’ve made significant focused investments in our IoT and
Telco offerings over the past year with several strategic partners,
enabling connectivity from edge to data center. We are committed to
supporting industry open source initiatives, including the Open RAN, and
Lenovo looks forward to co-chairing the Open RAN (O-RAN) Cloudification
and Orchestration groups.”

For customers who want pre-integrated and validated IoT solutions for
simplified deployment and accelerated digital transformation, Lenovo has
partnered with the industry to bring expertise to support edge computing
use cases:

  • Lenovo teams up with Pivot3 to drive smart city capabilities. Lenovo
    demonstrates its commitment to Video- and Security-based solutions
    powered by Pivot3 with
    live demos and customer examples at MWC Barcelona. As governments and
    organizations adopt the next generation of edge computing to help
    protect people, increase efficiency and avoid loss, Lenovo and Pivot3
    are working together to support mission-critical smart city and safe
    campus deployments across multiple sectors. In collaboration with
    SecureTech, a leading integrator of video security solutions, Lenovo
    and Pivot3 helped a leading Middle East hospitality customer secure
    their sprawling hotel complex meeting their mission critical
    requirements for resilience, security and manageability. Together,
    they delivered a successful security solution, efficiently capturing
    and managing their security video data. The project reduces risk of
    data loss, system failure and lowers cost of acquisition and
    ownership, while reducing their need for advanced technical skills.
  • Lenovo reveals its Future-Ready Retail Store Infrastructure
    solution in partnership with Scale Computing, enabling retail
    customers to deploy mini data centers that offer enterprise-class IT
    infrastructure at the edge of their networks.
    Ahold Delhaize, an
    international food retail group headquartered in Zaandam, Netherlands,
    operates supermarkets and e-commerce businesses across 6,700+ stores
    in 11 countries, serving over 50 million customers each week. Delhaize
    wanted to reduce time spent deploying and managing edge IT
    infrastructure and needed a solution that could host traditional and
    IoT applications on the same hardware. With the combined solution,
    Delhaize found the stability, support, cost savings, simplicity and
    optimized security needed to modernize its stores with IoT for
    optimizing freezing, heating and the customer experience.
  • Lenovo is working closely with VMware on Project Dimension, which
    will dramatically simplify the delivery of infrastructure-as-a-service
    to on-premise locations including at the edge.
    A pilot program is
    underway with several customers with the aim of providing a
    commercially available offering that will extend VMware Cloud to
    deliver a software-defined data-center (SDDC) in a hyper-converged
    appliance as-a-service for enterprise customers.
  • Lenovo partners with select visionary ISVs and CoSPs to validate
    unique use cases, enabling CoSPs to roll out new monetizable services.

    Lenovo’s Communication Service Provider (CoSP) strategy is aligned
    with the new emerging areas like Multi-Access Edge computing (MEC) and
    C-RAN. Partnering with China Mobile, Intel and Baicells, Lenovo
    demonstrates the first 5G O-RAN virtualized solution providing
    increased flexibility to CoSP.
  • Focused on our customer experience and solving relevant use cases,
    Lenovo and Orange established a Joint Innovation Partnership focused
    on hardware composability using
    Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD).
    The main focus area of the joint research is maximizing energy,
    performance and cost efficiencies by pooling & abstracting hardware
    resources, such as FPGA, GPU, and SmartNICs in edge deployment

Demonstrations of Lenovo’s IoT and edge solutions can be seen at Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona, February 25 – February 28 at the Lenovo
Showcase in Hall 3, Space 3N30. For more information, visit www.lenovo.com/mwc
or www.lenovo.com/datacenterevents

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune Global 500
company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent
Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the
best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest
portfolios of connected products, including smartphones (Motorola),
tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion) and workstations as well as
AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo’s data center
solutions (ThinkSystem, ThinkAgile) are creating the capacity and
computing power for the connections that are changing business and
society. Lenovo works to inspire the difference in everyone and build a
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