The Lenovo ThinkServers rolled out at Interop are geared totally to SMBs. "They're SMB all the way," noted Tom Tobul, executive director of Lenovo's Enteprise Business Unit. Lenovo will sell its new ThinkServers worldwide, but only through channel partners, including VARs specializing in vertical markets. While the company already markets some classes of servers to enterprises and smaller businesses, up until now, they've only been available strictly in Lenovo's home country of China.
Now, there’ll be five new ThinkServers for the US and other world markets, including the TS100 Tower and RS110 Rack, which are outfitted with Intel Core 2 Duo or Xeon 3000 or 3200 series processors; and the TD100 Tower, TD100x Tower and RD120 Rack, which come with Intel Xeon 3000 or 5000 series processors.
All are designed to work with Windows Server 2003 and 2008 in addition to the forthcoming Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Server 2008. Yet on the Linux side, Novell -- the producer of SuSE Linux -- is Lenovo's "preferred provider," Tobul said. Lenovo will also be shipping the ThinkServers with Red Hat's server operating system as well.