Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 and RD640 rack servers target education institutes

Targeting education institutes, IT major Lenovo announced two new rack servers — ThinkServer RD540 and ThinkServer RD640 — in the U.S.

The starting price of ThinkServer RD540 and RD640 is $1,599.

Announced at the EDUCAUSE annual conference, the new rack servers come with the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors and will be available from November.

When optionally equipped with Stoneware’s webNetwork software, school administrators, students and staff can access data, applications and services from a multitude of devices and platforms using a browser, said Lenovo in a statement.

“They feature enterprise-class performance and features, leverage proven technology from our partners like LSI and VMware and are available in many new countries globally,” said Roy Guillen, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Product Group, Lenovo


ThinkServer RD540 and RD640 rack servers come with up to 320GB memory and the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors, which offer impressive compute power-per-watt — up to 24 cores — delivering 27 percent faster performance than the previous generation RD servers.

RAID options from LSI include the ThinkServer RAID 710 adapter with 1GB write-back cache and available LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 and Fastpath for outstanding reliability and IOPs performance.

Available in either 1U (RD540) or 2U (RD640) configurations with included tool-less rail kits for easy installation, both ThinkServers are based on open standards and management protocols and fit seamlessly into any hybrid network environment.

Lenovo Smart Grid power management technology uses Intel Node Manager to scale power management to the data center level, simultaneously managing as many as 1,000 server nodes.

The Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 server supports flexible configurations including 16TB hard disk capacity and new I/O expansion choices to handle business analytics, web server or virtualized workloads. The RD540 delivers highly efficient performance with 80PLUS Gold power supplies and low volt memory choices.

ThinkServer RD640 features I/O expansion with an additional PCIe slot and 32TB storage capacity for the most demanding cloud, compute or virtualization deployments. The RD640 is ideal for business process or decision support deployments.

[email protected]