Lenovo recently announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full-year ended 31 March 2016, revealing that annual revenue was down three percent to $44.9bn, whilst the company reported a full-year net loss of $128m.
This was partly accounted for by weak PC and smartphone sales, but the Enterprise Business Group or EBG, which includes servers, storage, software and services sold under both the Lenovo ThinkServer brand and the System x business unit, was a highlight for the company, with full-year sales up by 73%.
EBG is to be renamed as the Data Center Group, and Lenovo has promised to attack top line growth in mature markets with a better aligned sales model, end-to-end business structure and dedicated leadership focus.
It will fully leverage its new partnership approach with best-in-class next gen technology partners like SAP, Nutanix, Juniper and Red Hat to capture high growth segments of the data centre market.
This comes on the back of a recent refresh to several of its servers in order to support new Intel Xeon processors. The refreshed servers include the powerful, highly reliable two-socket 2U System x3650 M5, System x3550 M5, ThinkServer RD450, RD350, ThinkServer TD350, Flex x240 M5 and NeXtScale nx360 M5.
Lenovo has also introduced a new 1U single-processor System x3250 M6 rack server, based on the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 series processors, designed to support infrastructure workloads such as email, file and print, as well as retail point of sale, and remote office applications.
The company claims that its data centre offerings are optimised for cloud, virtualisation, big data and analytics, and that these servers deliver up to 44% greater CPU performance, 22% more cores, 12% faster memory, up to 23% faster Hadoop performance, and up to 30% faster data encryption than the previous generation.
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