Lenovo aims 'budget-friendly' ThinkServer at SMBs

Racking 'em up

Lenovo has lifted the lid on a powerful and affordable (Lenovo's words, not ours) entry-level single-processor 1U rack server that's being aimed at 'small and midsized' businesses (SMBs).

The Beijing-based company's new ThinkServer RS140 is available with a range of Intel chips - from Core i3 to Pentium and Celeron variants. It supports up to 32GB of RAM and comes with a meaty 8TB of storage.

Also supported is Intel's entire line of Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors that support integrated graphics processing. This makes it suitable for data centre environments that stream media, games and other graphically-intensive content, according to Lenovo.

Additionally, the RS140 comes with one full-height, half-length x8 Gen 3 PCIe slot for optional RAID protection or network expansion. Measuring 16.2 inches deep, Lenovo is pitching it as a server suitable for squeezing into contained space environments including wiring closets and two-post racks.

It will be available to pick up from mid-June starting £380 (around $637).

Big plans

Lenovo has recently been trying to close an ongoing deal with IBM that will see it purchase the company's low-end x86 server unit, a move that would see the company become the third-largest server vendor in the world (behind Dell and HP).

You can't fault the company's ambition: it's already well into its quest to become the "king of the smartphone", and we wouldn't bet against it making strides in the data center space too.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.