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Lenovo upgrades ThinkEdge, ThinkSystem with remote automation capabilities as earnings grow

Lenovo upgrades ThinkEdge, ThinkSystem with remote automation capabilities as earnings grow

Lenovo has been investing heavily in its ThinkEdge and ThinkSystem products are part of a broader push in a complete cloud-to-edge product portfolio. The company continues its efforts with Lenovo Open Cloud Automation 2.6, which adds automation capabilities and allows customers to leverage one-touch provisioning from a single device. Additionally, Lenovo XClarity offers a unified view of all its edge-to-cloud solutions, which helps with orchestration, maintenance and metering.

Lenovo’s Open Cloud Automation is a software solution that facilitates the efficient deployment and management of edge resources, regardless of whether they are located inside a data center or distributed throughout edge locations. The company states this solution uses Infrastructure as Code and GitOps to ensure error-free results. Lenovo asserts that Open Cloud Automation 2.6 can also automate the deployment of ThinkEdge devices at scale within minutes.

“With the new Lenovo Open Cloud Automation and end-to-end ThinkEdge portfolio of clients and servers, Lenovo is enabling a new era of edge automation and management at scale,” says Charles Ferland, the vice president and general manager of edge computing for the Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group.

The Lenovo XClarity management tool is a centralized resource management platform for Lenovo’s on-premise or cloud-based edge solutions. Its objective is to reduce complexity in deploying and managing edge devices.

Lenovo also introduced the ThinkEdge SE10, an entry-level edge infrastructure device featuring the Intel Atom processor. This device can convert analog measurements from the surrounding environment, such as lighting and humidity, into digital data, which can then be analyzed and utilized to make informed decisions. Lenovo indicates that the ThinkEdge SE10 can automate sorting and processing in manufacturing plants.

“To help our clients scale edge solutions, we need enough compute power to support multiple diverse workloads and the tooling and logistics to manage everything efficiently. That’s why we’ve chosen Lenovo as an edge technology partner,” says Juan Orlandini, a chief architect and engineer at Insight.

Growing hybrid cloud solution revenue

Lenovo recently spoke with EdgeIR about the strategic role of edge solutions in its  Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) product portfolio. In February, the company highlighted results in the ISG business unit, which recorded revenue of $2.9B and a record operating profit of $43M.  “We created a new division back in April (2022) around ThinkEdge and we grew that….with many, many end-user retail wins and through that business triple-digits [growth]. So, definitely edge and the AI at the edge is a strong growth factor for us,” said Kirk Skaugen, President, Infrastructure Solutions Group on an earnings call with financial analysts in February.

Lenovo signed a reseller agreement with Sunlight to integrate’s edge-to-core HyperConverged edge stack and NexCenter infrastructure manager with its edge computing hardware devices.

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