Lenovo announces single-socket Xeon servers for small businesses

Lenovo packs remote management tools in new ThinkServers to cut the need for on-site IT staff

Lenovo on Tuesday announced low-end servers with new Xeon chips and remote management features aimed at cutting maintenance costs.

The single-socket ThinkServer TS130 and TS430 rack servers include software modules and virtualization capabilities to remotely configure and troubleshoot servers. The TS430 also includes software that allows administrators to remotely patch the server.

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The servers are targeted at small businesses with few or no IT staff. The remote management capabilities makes it easier to maintain servers and PCs and minimize the need for specialized IT personnel, Lenovo said in a statement.

The remote management software modules on the TS430 allow an administrator to access the server remotely and use it as if they are in front of it. The tools can be used to power down a server, view event logs or access drives connected to the server. The servers support remote management features from Intel's AMT (active management technology) manageability tools, which provide remote access independent of the operating system to manage, upgrade, or repair servers.

The servers come with Intel's latest E3-1200 server processors with up to four processing cores, which were announced in March. The new chips are up to 30 percent faster than the previous processors based on the Westmere microarchitecture, Lenovo said.

The TS130 is priced at $499, while the TS430 is priced starting at $699. The servers will become available worldwide starting in July.

The servers are available with Windows Server 2008 R2 or the Windows Small Business Server 2011. The TS430 offers up to 16TB of internal SATA or 4.8TB internal SAS (serial-attached SCSI) storage, while the TS130 offers up to 4.0TB internal SATA storage.

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