ThinkServer Buying Guide

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HELPING YOU CHOOSE THE BEST THINKSERVER FOR YOUR BUSINESS.

 

Each organization has a unique set of requirements for server deployments. Which ThinkServer system best supports your key applications? Consider these questions, and see the below examples for more information. Once you have identified the appropriate system, click on the Channel Configurator to design the ThinkServer that best fits your needs, or consult your Lenovo sales rep or Lenovo Business Partner for a custom solution.


Purpose: What is the primary function of your server? Is it a file/print server, application server, web server? Understanding your server's purpose will help you select the right performance, features, and options to meet your needs.


Capacity: How many applications do you expect to be running on your server and how many users will you be supporting? This is very important because you want to make sure your solution can handle the applications/users without compromising on application performance and user productivity.


Existing infrastructure: Is your current server infrastructure located in several regional offices, or at a central location? Does your current server infrastructure use any specific networking or storage technologies? Understanding your current implementation will help you select a server solution that integrates into your existing infrastructure, thereby reducing complexity and cost.



File and print

 

Application

Number of Users

Recommended Server

No other applications will be run on this server Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard ROK 1-75 TS140, TS440, TD340, RD340, RD330, RD440, or RD430
75-400 TS440, TD340, RD340, RD330, RD440, or RD430
400-1000 RD640 or RD630
Yes, other applications will be run on this server Microsoft Windows Server 2012/R2

Windows Essential Server 2012
1-75 TS440 , RD440, or RD430
75-1000 RD640 or RD630
Windows Server 2012 (Datacenter) 1-75 RD540 or RD530
75-1000 RD640 or RD630
Red Hat Enterprise Linux

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server
1-1000 RD640 or RD630

Email and messaging

Application

Number of Users

Recommended Server

Microsoft Exchange
1-1000 RD640 or RD630
Lotus Domino 1-1000 RD640
Linux SendMail 1-1000 TD340, RD340, RD430, or RD540
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 1-1000 RD640 or RD630

Web serving

Application

Number of Users

Recommended Server

Apache 1-400 RD340 or RD330
400-1000 RD440 or RD430
Microsoft IIS 1-400 TD340, RD340, or RD330
400-1000 RD440 or RD430

Active Directory/LDAP

Number of Users

Recommended Server

1-25 TD340, RD340, or RD330
25-75 RD340 or RD330
75-200 RD540 or RD530
200-1000 RD640 or RD630

Database

Application

Number of Users

Recommended Server

Microsoft SQL Database 1-50 TD340, RD440, or RD430
50-150 RD640 or RD630
150-500 RD640 or RD630
500-1000 RD640 or RD630
1000-1850 RD640 or RD630
Oracle Database 1-100 RD440 or RD430
100-250 RD640 or RD630
250-500 RD640 or RD630
500-1000 RD640 or RD630
1000-2000 RD640 or RD630

Citrix or terminal services

Number of Users

Recommended Server

1-10 TD340, RD340, or RD330
11 - 500 RD640 or RD630

Virtualization

Number of Virtual Machines

Recommended Server

1-15 TD340, RD340, RD330, RD440, or RD430
> 15 RD640 or RD540
30 + RD640 or RD630


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