HP, Dell and the rest of the server market have a new competitor to contend with. Lenovo announced this week that it is rolling out a new server line aimed at small businesses.
The ThinkServer line will consist of three tower models and two rack devices, all built on the x86 platform, namely the Xeon 3000, 3200 and 5000 processors, the latter for organizations looking to move beyond simple messaging and storage and into database applications and virtual environments.
The system comes with a set of management tools to govern configuration and start-up, as well as hardware and firmware upgrades. It also contains a single-console management stack co-developed by LANDesk.
These are clearly entry-level devices designed for easy operation by users that are not likely to have large IT staffs. That is both a help and a hindrance to Lenovo in that it can penetrate the server market at the low end where volumes run very high, but at the same time will be running against some stiff competition with substantial channel networks already in place.
But so far, Lenovo has been able to hold its own in the desktop market, so there's no reason to think it can't wedge its way into servers as well. Next stop, of course, is storage.