26 Jun

Lenovo Unveils Edge Servers to Support $1 Billion AI Initiative

    Lenovo has announced its strategic entry into the field of artificial intelligence (AI) with a significant investment of $1 billion over the next three years. The company aims to enhance AI capabilities not only within data centers but also at the edge of networks. In line with this initiative, Lenovo has introduced two cutting-edge edge servers designed specifically for AI processing.

    The first server, called the ThinkEdge SE360 V2, is a compact and ruggedized edge server built to deliver advanced computing performance for various AI applications like computer vision, voice AI, and generative AI. Powered by Intel and Nvidia processors, it offers support for Nvidia’s AI Enterprise software platform and Qualcomm’s Cloud AI 100 platform, enabling efficient processing of intensive workloads directly at the data source. Its durable design makes it suitable for deployment in remote and challenging environments.

    Lenovo’s second edge server, the ThinkEdge SE350 V2, is optimized for hybrid cloud and modern hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) deployments. This server places a greater emphasis on storage capabilities, offering high storage capacity along with the Intel Xeon D processor, which provides reliable midrange performance. Its primary functions include workload consolidation, data backup, collaboration, and content delivery.

    For data center operations, Lenovo has introduced the ThinkSystem SR675 V3, a high-performance AI processing server. This accelerated computing platform is specifically tailored for AI and is equipped with multiple GPU configurations, including four- and eight-way Nvidia GPU processors, all within a compact 3U form factor. The ThinkSystem SR675 V3 is optimized for harnessing the power of AI and digital twin technologies to enhance business processes and design outcomes. Lenovo has collaborated with Nvidia to improve the server’s performance for Omniverse Enterprise workloads, facilitating advanced ray tracing and graphics capabilities.

    Additionally, Lenovo is actively working on certifying its existing hardware to ensure optimal AI performance. Collaborating with 45 partners, the company has already developed 150 turnkey AI systems and solutions. Among its new partners is Guise, a specialist in anomaly detection and predictive maintenance. Guise’s expertise is particularly valuable in industries like industrial manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, and equipment anomaly monitoring. Leveraging AI, Guise claims it can detect potential equipment failure up to 14 days in advance.

    As part of its AI initiative, Lenovo has established the Lenovo AI Discover Center of Excellence. This center provides customers with access to AI architects and engineers, offering workshops and guidance on implementing technologies such as generative AI and computer vision. By engaging with the center, customers can gain a better understanding of how AI can be effectively applied within their organizations and develop strategies for successful AI deployment.

    Robert Daigle, Senior Manager of Lenovo’s ISG Global AI business, emphasized the importance of reducing the time required for AR projects to succeed. According to Daigle, many AR projects fail due to extended time-to-market or the risks associated with project implementation. Lenovo’s efforts aim to address these challenges and streamline the process of bringing AR projects to fruition.

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