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Lenovo Data Center Group Unveils New Data Management Offers

Accelerated digital modernization shines the light on data with new solutions from Lenovo DCG.

Lynn Haber

December 3, 2020

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The Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) on Wednesday rolled out four new data management solutions to help businesses get faster access to insights, analytics and AI.

The new offers include advanced hybrid cloud data management capability with Lenovo’s ThinkSystem DM Series Storage Manager OS; updates to the ThinkSystem Intelligent Monitoring 2.0 for cloud-based management with improved analytics and predictive AI guidance; a new ThinkSystem DM5100F all-flash storage array with end-to-end NVMe support; and the DB720S Fibre Channel switch.

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Lenovo’s Kamran Amini

“Data is massively growing. But it’s not the data that’s important, but what you do with the data as well as where the data resides and the speed of data,” said Kamran Amini, vice president and general manager, server, storage and software-defined infrastructure, Lenovo DCG. “So, for us, data management is a critical part as we look at how we can serve enterprise customers and be able to lead in insight for AI and analytics around that data.”

A Closer Look

Here’s more on the new solutions from Lenovo DCG.

  • Lenovo enhanced its data management software suite. Lenovo DM Series Data Management 9.8 works across all of the vendor’s data management series products. One key change is integrated Object S3 support within the data management stack. This enhancement broadens Lenovo’s support for the majority of protocols customers require. The new object S3 support is in addition to current file and block data types.

“This is important when we think about the new applications being deployed,” said Stuart McRae, executive director, storage, Lenovo DCG. “New applications on the edge are being written and developed for object storage. So being able to manage that as one with their other data types provides efficiency for customers.”

  • To help mitigate data management costs, Lenovo announced ThinkSystem Intelligent Monitoring 2.0 software. This a new cloud-based, AI-based management platform for Lenovo’s ThinkSystem storage environment. It provides predictive analytics for Lenovo DM or DE series storage platforms.

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Lenovo’s Stuart McRae

“This is where customers are going because they can manage all of their storage arrays from one location,” said McRae. “In a distributed environment where they’ve got edge, core and cloud, they can manage that environment from one cloud-based interface. It provides all of the intelligence to do that.”

Products

The new cloud-based management platform also is available for partners who manage their customers’ IT environments.

  • The new Lenovo ThinkSystem DM5100F storage array design reduces the cost of managing data from edge to cloud. It features high-performance, low-latency all-NVMe storage and includes new S3 Object support. It will deliver up to 45% or more performance over the product it replaces.

  • The new Lenovo DB720S Fibre Channel Switch design accelerates the performance of customer’s applications. This switch provides 32Gbps and 64Gbps storage networking, delivering higher speed and lower latency than previous generations. The DB720S delivers autonomous SAN infrastructure with self-learning, self-optimizing and self-healing capabilities. These features will reduce downtime and simplify storage network management.

Lenovo’s data management portfolio of products is available as a service through Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services.

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Lynn Haber

Content Director Lynn Haber follows channel news from partners, vendors, distributors and industry watchers. If I miss some coverage, don’t hesitate to email me and pass it along. Always up for chatting with partners. Say hi if you see me at a conference!

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