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Four High-Performance Computing Buying Considerations for CIOs

Jonathan Wu, CTO, Data Center Group, Lenovo Asia Pacific | Sept. 12, 2017
Jonathan Wu of Lenovo Asia Pacfic explains what to consider–and look out for–before investing in high performance computing

One such technology company is Lenovo, whose range of HPC products ensures both price and performance flexibility.

“I believe the Lenovo innovations in the 6U, 12 bay NeXtScale System M5 are a particularly good example, offering configuration flexibility in a very dense package…This design helps customers reduce and manage the complexity…and allows the system to easily evolve to adopt new technologies over time while protecting customers’ investments along the way,” says Karl Freund, Senior Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

At one end of its broad portfolio is the Lenovo Intelligent Cluster, which delivers a factory-integrated, tested and fully supported cluster. Built with Lenovo servers, storage, software, networking, and third-party devices, this solution can help IT departments significantly reduce deployment time, risk, and costs.

At the same time, Lenovo’s Intel® Cluster Ready testing ensures that its HPC systems will run a wide-variety of ISV applications and industry-standard components easily and seamlessly, ensuring IT departments are not locked in.

One of the ways in which Lenovo stands out is its water-cooled technology. That’s a key thing, especially from a TCO perspective.

Jonathan Wu, CTO, Data Center Group, Lenovo Asia Pacific

For the most demanding workloads, Lenovo has NeXtScale System, which delivers the density, flexibility, and scale. It also has offerings across the price/performance spectrum.

Lenovo’s integrated architecture approach also allows IT departments to easily mix and match air- or water-cooled servers, accelerators, and storage in a dense chassis and use industry-standard networking and racks for significant cost savings.

 

Principle 2: Look for Value and Low TCO

For most CIOs, price is only one side of the investment coin. The other side is value. What value can I get from an HPC investment? What’s the return on investment I can prove? These are key questions for CIOs.

"I believe Lenovo innovations…are a particularly good example, offering configuration flexibility in a very dense package… This design helps customers reduce and manage the complexity… and allows the system to easily evolve to adopt new technologies over time while protecting customers’ investments along the way."  Karl Freund, Senior Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy

That’s a significant figure and lowering these costs is essential for cost-conscious enterprises. One company that has made industry-leading advances in the area of lowering costs associated with power is Lenovo. Last year, it demonstrated the ability to create cooling capacity by recycling captured hot water, which represents a significant breakthrough in water cooling technology.

Businesses look to HPC

“One the ways in which Lenovo stands out is its water-cooled technology. That’s a key thing, especially from a TCO perspective,” says Jonathan Wu, CTO, Data Center Group, Lenovo Asia Pacific.

 

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