ThinkServer

Buying Guide
   
Perfect for your dynamic enterprise
Many factors go into selecting a server that meets the performance, networking, and storage requirements of your IT infrastructure. Yet it’s important to select and configure a server that not only meets your current business needs, but can also scale to meet new and additional requirements as your business grows.
This guide can assist you in selecting a ThinkServer solution that meets your needs. Once you’ve identified the server and options you need, use the link to the Configurator to fully configure and design the solution. You can then print the configuration details and present them to the Lenovo Business Partner when purchasing your solution.

If you know which server solution you want or already have a ThinkServer solution, and need to know which options are compatible with your system, click on the Options Compatibility Wizard to see the most current list of options available.

Buying Guide - Users

Some key factors that you should consider when selecting and configuring the right server solution for your business include:

Purpose
What’s the primary purpose that your server solution will perform in your business operations? Are these file-and-print servers or servers to host advanced Web applications? Clearly understanding the purpose of your servers will guide you to select the server with the right performance, features, and options for a complete solution.

Workload
How many users or applications do you expect to be running on your servers? This is very important because you want to make sure the solution that you select can handle the workload without compromising on productivity.

Form factor (tower vs. rack)
Rack-mount servers are especially designed for businesses that are space-constrained and maintain all of their servers at a central location. Free-standing tower servers are perfect for regional and departmental locations where servers perform specific functions to that office or department.

Existing infrastructure
Is your current server infrastructure located in several regional offices or at a central location? Does your current server infrastructure leverage any specific technologies over others? Understanding your current business technology will help you select a server solution that seamlessly fits into your infrastructure—reducing complexity and cost.

1 to 25 Users
  Recommended Server
Configuration
Recommended
Server
  Application Category Recommended Memory1 Storage2,3 Operating System Tower
Server
Rack
Server
 
  Web Best Value 4GB 500GB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 Foundation
TS200v -  
  File/Print Best Value 4GB 500GB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 Foundation
TS200v -  
  Terminal Services Best Value 4GB 250GB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 Foundation
TS200v -  
  Networking Best Value 4GB 500GB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 Foundation
TS200v -  
  1. Memory affects the performance of your system and varies greatly by the actual applications and workload specific to your server environment.
2. Storage refers tot he recommended minimum amount of storage capacity, the type of hard drive technology, and minimum recommended RAID data protection, and varies depending on your specific storage infrastructure.
3. Basic RAID (0,1,10), Advanced RAID (5,6,50,60).
 
26 to 100 Users
  Recommended Server
Configuration
Recommended
Server
  Application Category Recommended Memory1 Storage2,3 Operating System Tower
Server
Rack
Server
 
  Web Best Value 4GB 1TB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TS200v -  
  Virtualization Best Performance 24GB 300GB SAS,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  File/Print Best Value 4GB 1TB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TS200v -  
  Email Best Performance 12GB 600GB SAS,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows SBS
2008 Premium
TD230 RD240  
  Database Best Performance 12GB 1TB SAS, Advanced
RAID
Microsoft Windows SBS
2008 Premium
TD230 RD240  
  Terminal Services Best Value 4GB 500GB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TS200v -  
  Networking Best Value 4GB 500GB SATA,
Basic RAID
Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TS200v -  
  1. Memory affects the performance of your system and varies greatly by the actual applications and workload specific to your server environment.
2. Storage refers tot he recommended minimum amount of storage capacity, the type of hard drive technology, and minimum recommended RAID data protection, and varies depending on your specific storage infrastructure.
3. Basic RAID (0,1,10), Advanced RAID (5,6,50,60).
 
101 to 500 Users
  Recommended Server
Configuration
Recommended
Server
  Application Category Recommended Memory1 Storage2,3 Operating System Tower
Server
Rack
Server
 
  Web Best Value 8GB 2TB SATA, Basic RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  Web Best Performance 12GB 1TB SAS, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
- RD240  
  Virtualization Best Value 24GB 300GB SAS, Basic RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  Virtualization Best Performance 32GB 450GB SAS, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Enterprise
- RD240  
  File/Print Best Value 8GB 2TB SATA, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  File/Print Best Performance 12GB 1.5TB SAS, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
- RD240  
  Email Best Value 12GB 1.5TB SATA, Basic RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  Email Best Performance 16GB 1TB SAS, Basic RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Enterprise
- RD240  
  Database Best Value 12GB 2.5TB SATA, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  Database Best Performance 12GB 2TB SAS, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Enterprise
- RD240  
  Terminal Services Best Value 8GB 500GB SATA, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  Terminal Services Best Performance 12GB 750GB SATA, Advanced RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
- RD240  
  Networking Best Value 8GB 750GB SATA, Basic RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
TD230 RD240  
  Networking Best Performance 12GB 300GB SAS, Basic RAID Microsoft Windows Server
2008 Standard
- RD240  
  1. Memory affects the performance of your system and varies greatly by the actual applications and workload specific to your server environment.
2. Storage refers tot he recommended minimum amount of storage capacity, the type of hard drive technology, and minimum recommended RAID data protection, and varies depending on your specific storage infrastructure.
3. Basic RAID (0,1,10), Advanced RAID (5,6,50,60).
 
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Whether you’re a small business or large enterprise, your capital spending is limited by the budget that’s available. So it’s very important that every investment you make for your business provides a quick return-on-investment (ROI) without breaking the bank. With energy efficient servers, scalable designs, and rock-solid engineering, Lenovo’s ThinkServer portfolio is perfect to meet your budget, give you a strong ROI, and continually provide cost savings through the life of the product.

Buying Guide - Price

Less than $500 per server
  Model Ideal For Reasons to buy  
  TS200v
1P Tower starting at $400
Energy Star® Qualified
Email, File and Print
0 to 25 users
Remote Offices, branch offices, and departments
Energy Star® qualified saves you up to $400
1st in industry with integrated management through Intel® AMT
Ultra-Quiet and Eco-Friendly
 
Between $500 and $1,000 per server
  Model Ideal For Reasons to buy  
  TS100
1P tower starting at $599
Email, File and Print
1 to 25 users
Small business, remote branch,
department
Intel® Core™2 Duo processors and
Xeon® processors
Integrated Ethernet and iPMI 2.0 support
Onboard ATI ES1000 graphics w/
16MB memory
 
  TD230
2P tower starting at $829
Energy Star® Qualified
MSP, Branch offices, Growing Enterprises
All-in-One Solutions
Retail
Up to 60% faster than legacy servers
Save hundreds on yearly power bill
Simple backup solutions
 
Between $1,000 and $1,500 per server
  Model Ideal For Reasons to buy  
  RD240
2P2U rack starting at $1,399
DB Applications
Line of Business Applications
Education / Retail
Up to 60% faster than legacy servers
Integrated remote management
Up to 8TB of storage
 
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