Lenovo turns on IBM and enters server market

16 Sep 2008

The divorce is now complete. Having bought IBM’s PC business three years ago, Lenovo has entered the server business where it will compete with Big Blue.

The company has unleashed a new range of ThinkServers that cover the Linux and Windows enterprise environments.

The company has launched three towers and two rack X86 servers that will support businesses ranging in size from one up to 500 employees.

Lenovo has also developed a service and support business that will provide next business day warranty services and 24×7 support.

The ThinkServer products start at US$749 and will be available from 30 September.

“With ThinkServer Lenovo delivers exceptionally engineered hardware and easy-to-use software all developed specifically for the SMB customer,” said Marc Godin, vice-president and general manager, Enterprise Business Unit, Lenovo.

“Lenovo is now delivering a full suite of product offerings for small and medium businesses from desktops to notebooks to servers.”

The ThinkServer family is available with Microsoft Windows Server or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, Lenovo’s preferred Linux operating system provider.

“Microsoft is excited to work closely with Lenovo in the server business,” said Chris Phillips, general manager of Windows Server and Solutions, Microsoft. “The combination of Windows Server 2008 and our upcoming releases of Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 products align very well with Lenovo’s ThinkServer solutions.”

By John Kennedy

Pictured: the Lenovo ThinkServer, which covers both the Linux and Windows enterprise environments

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years