How Lenovo’s ThinkEdge SE450 can ramp business growth – iTWire

Chinese multinational technology company Lenovo’s infrastructure solutions group adds the ThinkEdge SE450 to its portfolio, an artificial intelligence platform that accelerates business insights.

Lenovo says the ThinkEdge SE450 puts forward intelligent edge capabilities with AI-ready technology that provides insights and computing performance to environments, ramping real-time decision making at the edge and realising full business potential.

“To better address challenges and capture competitive advantage from today’s Smart Normal, businesses must be able to harness real-time AI insights directly at the edge-sites. With speed and agility being top-of-mind, we are developing powerful, secure, and flexible solutions that reduce response time to market and increase value to customers,” explains Lenovo ISG president Sumir Bhatia.

“We have designed the ThinkEdge SE450 server to minimise business complexities and enhance compute power in remote locations with a wide variety of workloads. Whether it is real-time patient monitoring, diagnoses in healthcare, or efficient traffic management systems in smart cities, or predictive maintenance on the manufacturing line, we are delivering on our promise of AI at the edge,” Bhatia claims.

Research firm Gartner estimates that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be processed at the edge by 2025 and 80% of enterprise IoT projects will incorporate AI by 2022. Lenovo customers are using edge-driven data sources for decision making on factory floors, retail shelves, city streets, and telecommunication mobile sites. Lenovo says the ThinkEdge portfolio goes beyond the data centre to deliver computing power experience.

“Expanding our cloud to on-premise enables faster data processing while adding resiliency, performance and enhanced user experiences. As an early testing partner, our current deployment of Lenovo’s ThinkEdge SE450 server is hosting a 5G network delivered on edge sites and introducing new edge applications to enterprises,” explains Etisalat vice president fixed and mobile core Khaled Al Suwaidi.

“It gives us a compact, ruggedise platform with the necessary performance to host our telecom infrastructure and deliver applications, such as e-learning, to users,” Suwaidi says.

Lenovo’s ThinkEdge SE450 delivers real-time insights with compute power and deployment capabilities that can support multiple AI workloads while allowing customers to scale.

Lenovo says it meets the demands of critical workloads with a unique, quieter go-anywhere form factor, featuring a shorter depth that allows it to be easily installed in space constrained locations.

The GPU-rich server is built to meet the requirements of vertically specific edge environments with a rugged design that withstands a wider operating temperature, as well as high dust, shock and vibration for harsh settings.

As one of the first Nvidia-Certified Edge systems, Lenovo’s ThinkEdge SE450 leverages Nvidia GPUs for enterprise and industrial AI at the edge applications.

Businesses can navigate the edge-to-cloud platform by using resilient, better secured infrastructure solutions that mitigate security risks and data threats. The ThinkEdge portfolio provides connectivity and security options that are easily deployed and more securely managed in today’s remote environments, including a new locking bezel to help prevent unauthorised access and robust security features to better protect data.

The ThinkEdge SE450 is built on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processor with Intel Deep Learning Boost technologies, featuring all-flash storage for running AI and analytics at the edge and optimised for delivering intelligence.

It has been verified by Intel as an Intel Select Solution for vRAN. This pre-validated solution takes the guesswork out of the evaluation and procurement process by meeting defined hardware and software configuration requirements and rigorous system-wide performance benchmarks to speed deployment and lower risk for communications service providers.

“Our collaboration with Lenovo helps enterprises across many sectors drive business value through network transformation and edge computing,” comments Intel vice president and general manager of the network and edge platforms division Jeni Panhorst.

“Resilient and flexible edge servers built with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors provide enhanced performance enabling the delivery of innovative AI-driven services where customers will expect them,” adds Panhorst.

The ThinkEdge SE450 is automatically installed and managed with Lenovo Open Cloud Automation (LOC-A) and easily configured with Lenovo XClarity Orchestrator software. Remote access to the server, via a completely out-of-band wired or wireless access, avoids any unnecessary trip to the edge locations.

Lenovo says the ThinkEdge SE450 is the culmination of multiple prototypes with live trials running real workloads in telecommunication, retail and smart city settings. Its AI-ready server makes it easier for customers to deploy these edge solutions. As enterprises build out their hybrid infrastructures from the cloud to the edge, it is the extension for the on-premise cloud currently supporting Microsoft, Nvidia, Red Hat, and VMware technologies.

Lenovo offerings are also available as-a-Service through Lenovo TruScale, which extends workloads from the edge to the cloud in a consumption-based model.

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