Lenovo launches new server platform powered by AMD

Lenovo Group has launched a new server platform capable of handling heavy computing tasks inside data centers using chips from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), the main rival of Intel.
Lenovo event in 2016Lenovo, the world’s biggest maker of personal computers, is also a major maker of servers that sit inside data centers and power online services such as gaming and video streaming.

Intel’s Xeon chips have dominated the market for server chips, but AMD has been gaining ground since its re-entry into the business three years ago with rival EPYC processors that earned positive reviews.

Lenovo said that the newest server design would accommodate two AMD processor chips inside a single server, making the machines capable of handling more workload. Previously, Lenovo had only offered servers with one AMD chip.

Lenovo’s newly launched ThinkSystem SR645 and SR665 two-socket servers target industries such as financial services, retail, and manufacturing that need faster transaction processing, improved data analytics, and greater grid-computing capacity, while still improving efficiency and total cost of ownership (TCO).

Lenovo said ThinkSystem SR645 and SR665 servers feature more CPU cores and a larger memory footprint to help customers accelerate higher performance workloads and improve efficiency.

“Our new Lenovo ThinkSystem servers are designed for workloads such as in-memory databases, advanced analytics, virtualization, and AI,” said Kamran Amini, vice president and general manager of Server, Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, Lenovo Data Center Group.