By DH Kass
As part of PC kingpin Lenovo's push to build its enterprise business, the vendor has opened a new, multimillion dollar facility in Research Triangle Park, NC specifically to showcase its products, innovations and services aimed at corporate customers.
The Chinese vendor, which has led worldwide PC shipments for more than two years and has made strong moves into the smartphone market, now has its sights set on enterprise clients for its x86 server line acquired from IBM (IBM).
Lenovo's Enterprise Briefing Center spans 11,000 sq. feet and features the vendor's equipment for business customers to investigate. The facility, which Lenovo took over from Ericsson 15 months ago, provides a venue for Lenovo officials to meet with customers to test and experience the vendor’s most progressive enterprise innovations.
The vendor said customers will be able to engage with onsite engineers and product specialists, and gain access to a wide variety of systems, options, and data center infrastructure technology to fully understand Lenovo's hardware, software and services portfolio.
"Today's Enterprise Briefing Center opening represents a multimillion dollar investment in our enterprise business and confirms our commitment to become No. 1 in the global server market," said Jay Parker, Lenovo Enterprise Business Group senior vice president.
Parker said the new center dovetails with similar facilities in Germany and Beijing and is part of Lenovo's plan to establish briefing sites in three major regional markets. The Stuttgart and Beijing locations are not yet open.
"The combination of our Stuttgart, Germany HPC innovation center, our near-term plans for the Stuttgart and Beijing Enterprise Briefing Centers and the opening of this center in Research Triangle Park allows us to better connect with and serve customers around the globe," he said. “These resources will give clients first-hand experience with the future of enterprise technology.”
Lenovo is partnering with Intel (INTC), Samsung Semiconductor, QLogic and Emerson Network Power in the enterprise technology center effort.
By Sean Michael Kerner
A new industry group called the 2550100 Alliance was formally announced this week, adding another organization to the increasingly crowded landscape of vendor-led groups advocating new Ethernet speeds.
The 2550100 name is an amalgam of 25, 50 and 100, which are three Ethernet speeds that the new alliance advocates. While 100 Gigabit Ethernet has been in the market for several years, 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet are still relatively new ideas.
The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium was announced back in July 2014, while another group, the NBASE-T Alliance, which advocates its flavor of 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet standards, was announced in October 2014.
Looking at the new 2550100 Alliance, the initial group of members are Amphenol, Cavium, DataCore, Finisar, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Ixia, Lenovo, SUSE, Telesoft Technologies, X-IO, QLogic and Zadara.
"Other groups focus on promoting standards and explaining how it works," Ahmet Houssein, senior vice president and general manager, Ethernet Products at QLogic, told Enterprise Networking Planet. "The 2550100 Alliance picks up where they leave off. The 2550100 Alliance is focused on bringing interoperable solutions to the channel and IT organizations."
In addition to the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, both the IEEE and the Ethernet Alliance are also working on 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet efforts.
"The 2550100 Alliance is not aligned with IEEE or the Ethernet Alliance, but instead complements their work," Houssein said. "The 2550100 Alliance was formed to facilitate collaboration in bringing solutions to market."
The market for 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet is still in its earliest stages, given that products are largely not yet generally available. Market research firm Infonetics expects 25 Gigabit Ethernet (25 GbE) switch ports to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2015.
While the membership of the 2550100 Alliance is not large, Houssein noted that the group was announced only recently.
"We're working with many companies to confirm membership, which can take time with approvals, etc," Houssein said. "Also, we expect more companies to join after the Ethernet Technology Summit, April 14-16."
QLogic Corp., a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced it has teamed with Lenovo to enhance Lenovo's inaugural Enterprise Briefing Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The two companies are collaborating on other centers, which will be announced later this year. The world-class Enterprise Briefing Centers allow IT professionals to connect with Lenovo experts in comfortable, interactive environments that encourage two-way discussions based on customized agendas and explore dynamic display areas featuring the latest Lenovo products and solutions.
The leading I/O provider for the centers, QLogic is able to demonstrate to Lenovo end-users how its portfolio of high performance Ethernet and Fibre Channel solutions enriches Lenovo’s latest server and storage offerings with robust features and excellent I/O performance. The latest collaboration between QLogic and Lenovo demonstrates an ongoing commitment to provide true enterprise-class storage and server performance to growing IT markets around the globe. Flex System Intel processor-based compute nodes from Lenovo ship with QLogic 10GbE technology and Lenovo's ThinkServer product family incorporates QLogic's award-winning FlexSuite 2600 Series 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters.
"The Lenovo Enterprise Briefing Centers will provide us with valuable exposure to Lenovo’s key end-user customers," said Tony Carrozza, senior vice president of sales, QLogic. "This allows us to strengthen our brand around the globe and educate users on the value of implementing the right I/O solutions to maximize IT investments and overall performance."
"QLogic is a key I/O provider and go-to-market partner for Lenovo," said Doug Baldwin, director, Enterprise Briefing Centers, Lenovo. "By providing a broad portfolio of Fibre Channel and Ethernet connectivity solutions for our Enterprise Briefing Centers, the QLogic partnership allows us to showcase Lenovo server and storage solutions that are fully optimized for real-world application scenarios."
By Lyle Smith
QLogic has unveiled the 2550100 Alliance, which is comprised of a group of server, storage, networking and software companies working together to systematically bring solutions to market based on new 25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb Ethernet technology. The development of this technology was motivated by hyperscale cloud providers who needed a more economical solution between 10Gb and 40Gb.
Due to the benefits of 25Gb economics, Crehan Research predicts that shipments of 25Gb solutions to hyperscale and enterprise organizations is projected to reach one million ports faster than previous generations of high performance Ethernet. The goal of the 2550100 Alliance is to ensure that the learning, evaluation and implementation of 25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb products is made easy for vendors, channel partners and IT organizations.
More specifically, the 2550100 Alliance was formed to facilitate collaboration in bringing solutions to market and is comprised of a set of programs designed to:
We've also recently seen the Ethernet Alliance's layout a road map for the future of Ethernet technology and the various speeds we are likely to see in the coming years.
By Chris Mellor
What do we want? 25GbitE. When do we want it? NOW
An alliance called 2550100 has been announced by QLogic and others to deliver faster Ethernet faster – starting with 25GbitE to deliver better-than-10gig speed without jumping all the way to 40gig.
There is a 2550100.com website, which lists 13 members, including DataCore, Finisar, HDS, Huawei, Lenovo, SuSE, QLogic (of course), X-IO and Zadara. Obvious holes in the list include Broadcom, Brocade, Emulex and Cisco.
QLogic's Ahmet Houssein, Ethernet products senior veep, said; “25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb represents multiple breakthroughs for the Ethernet industry. 25Gb brings economy to high-performance networking, 100Gb puts Ethernet at parity with InfiniBand, while the underlying chips and protocol stack are designed to meet the needs of both hyperscale and enterprise customers."
The 2550100 announcement also quotes Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research: “In contrast to the early ramp of 10GbitE, today’s server platforms are already capable of driving much higher bandwidth than is currently available on the market. Hence, the network has become a real bottleneck, especially in hyperscale data centre environments.”
Server connectivity is the key, although storage arrays will love faster Ethernet access too. It makes iSCSI go faster and – you can see Cisco nodding approvingly – FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) more attractive. This FCoE pump-priming aspect makes it odder that Cisco isn’t involved in this 2505100 go-getter group.
Crehan thinks shipments of 25GbitE adapters and LOM ports will reach one million in less than half the time of 10GbitE, the technology currently used for high-performance server connectivity.
“Given that 25GbitE, 50GbitE and 100GbitE can alleviate this bottleneck in a very cost-effective manner, we are forecasting a much faster adoption curve," he said.
The 2550100 bods say their alliance complements the work of the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium and the Ethernet Alliance to promote standards and they have three kinds of programme:
Fundamentally, the development of 25GbitE products was driven by hyperscale cloud providers who needed a more economical network speed between 10G and 40G. Twinning 25GBitE adapters to reach 50gig is better – cheaper and faster – than quadrupling 10gig adapters to reach 40gig.
For the alliance, adding in 50 and 100GbitE standards, and so matching InfiniBand, is nice, thick and gooey icing on that cake.
Setting up the alliance is a good effort. The more heavyweight Ethernet players that join in the better, and seeing Broadcom, Cisco, Emulex and HP join in would increase its impact a lot. Let's hope they, and others, pile in as well. ®