Balanced Design. Outstanding Efficiency.

The ThinkServer RD540 provides the right blend of performance, memory, and I/O in a 1U rack server for your mainstream and virtualized workloads.

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Balanced Design

Created with the right balance of processing power, memory, I/O, and storage in a dense 1U form factor, the ThinkServer RD540 is an ideal mainstream server. Intel® Xeon® processors with up to 24 cores—significantly faster than previous-generation servers—and large memory capacity coupled with I/O and storage scalability, make the RD540 perfect for your line-of-business applications.

Optimized for Virtualization

Virtualization makes it faster and easier to deliver IT capabilities to your organization. With this blend of excellent performance, memory bandwidth, and powerful I/O choices, the RD540 is optimized for virtualization so you can deploy multiple virtual machines with confidence.

Super Efficient

The RD540 offers 80PLUS Gold power choices and an innovative spread-core board design that helps to lower thermal output. That adds up to a highly efficient 1U solution that doesn't compromise on performance. Also enjoy impressive power savings with Lenovo Smart Grid power management technology, which provides sophisticated, policy-based power capping tools to help you best manage power to changing server workloads.

Lenovo rack server ThinkServer RD540

Tech Specs

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DescriptionThinkServer RD540
Up to 2 Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 Series v2
Operating Systems Supported
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Novel SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server
  • VMware vSphere & VMware ESXi
Form Factor / Height
1U Rack
Up to 320GB / 20 slots (RDIMM, LVDIMM)
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCIe GEN3: LP x8 mechanical, x8 electrical (populated with hardware RAID adapter)
  • 1 x PCIe GEN3: FH/HL x16 mechanical, x16 electrical
Media Bays
1 x Slim Optical (except 8 x 2.5" configuration)
Storage Controller
  • ThinkServer RAID 500 Adapter (0/1/5/10) (RAID 5 with optional upgrade key)
  • ThinkServer RAID 700 Adapter (RAID 0/1/10/5/50/6/60)
  • ThinkServer RAID 710 Adapter (0/1/10/5/50/6/60)
Disk Bays
  • Up to 4 x 3.5" hot swap
  • Up to 8 x 2.5" hot swap
Maximum Internal Storage
  • Up to 16TB (3.5" SATA)
  • Up to 12TB (3.5" SAS)
  • Up to 8TB (2.5" SATA)
  • Up to 7.2TB (2.5" SAS)
Network Interface
  • 2 x Integrated Gb Ethernet
  • 1 x Integrated Gb Ethernet (shared with ThinkServer Management Module)
7+1 Redundant fixed fans
1+1 Redundant hot-swap 800 watt
Intelligent Diagnostics Panel
ThinkServer Management Module
Dimensions (W x H x D)
17.16" x 1.71" x 28.37"
Starting at 12 kg (26.5 lbs)

Accessories & Services

  • ThinkServer 16GB DDR3-1600MHz ECC RDIMM (0C19535)

    ThinkServer 16GB DDR3-1600MHz ECC RDIMM (0C19535)

    Boost the capabilities of your ThinkServer and push the boundaries of productivity by adding memory. Error correcting code (ECC) provides greater data accuracy and system uptime by protecting against errors in memory. 

  • ThinkServer 1TB 7.2K 2.5-Inch Enterprise 6Gbps SATA Hot-Swap Hard Drive (0C19496)

    ThinkServer 1TB 7.2K 2.5-Inch Enterprise 6Gbps SATA Hot-Swap Hard Drive (0C19496)

    Choose enterprise-grade, hot-swap SATA drives for your ThinkServer when you demand high performance and reliability, with budget-friendly prices.

  • Lenovo 10Gbps Ethernet Dual-Port X540-T2 Server Adapter by Intel® (0C19497)

    Lenovo 10Gbps Ethernet Dual-Port X540-T2 Server Adapter by Intel® (0C19497)

    Leverage the full bandwidth potential of your network and scale your ThinkServer I/O to meet your growing IT infrastructure needs.

  • Lenovo Services Priority Technical Support

    Lenovo Services Priority Technical Support

    The Lenovo Services portfolio offers flexible solutions to ensure the reliability and availability of your Lenovo ThinkServer. You can choose just the right response time, duration, and optional features to meet your business needs and your budget. Flexible, reliable, and affordable, Lenovo ThinkServer Services offer the right solutions from small businesses to large enterprises.

Protect Your ThinkServer With Lenovo Services
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Why Lenovo Services?

  • Comprehensive portfolio of services optimized to support and protect your ThinkServer investment.
  • Lenovo's Service options are designed specifically to meet the support level and budget needs of your organization.
  • Our Lenovo certified technicians have been recognized around the globe as consistently best-in-class.

Convenient & Flexible Upgrades

  • Up to 4 hour response time—24/7 onsite service—minimizes downtime on business-critical applications.
  • Access to advanced level technicians, priority call routing, escalation management, and basic software support options available.

On-Site Convenience & Extended Protection

  • Extended Warranties (up to 5 years) offer fixed-term, fixed-cost protection to help you accurately budget for server expenses.
  • Upgraded Warranty SLAs (4-hour response, 24/7) can maximize uptime and productivity with convenient, fast repair service at your place of business.

Other Available Services for ThinkServers

  • Priority Technical Support offers direct access to advanced level technicians 24/7.
  • Keep Your Drive provides a convenient and secure way to retain your drive and confidential data if the drive must be replaced.
  • Asset Recovery delivers secure, documented disposition of IT assets and data, helping to mitigate the environmental and data security risks associated with end-of-life asset disposal.
RD540 at a Glance:
Form Factor
1U Rack
Up to 2 Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v2 Series
Memory Capacity
Up to 320 GB
Network Interface
Up to 3 x Integrated Gb Ethernet


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