Lenovo expands end-to-end edge portfolio to accelerate edge automation at scale

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Lenovo announced the next generation of ThinkEdge remote automation and orchestration with the introduction of new software solutions to accelerate the deployment of edge solutions. Lenovo’s new Lenovo Open Cloud Automation (LOC-A) 2.6 software delivers secure automated setup, enabling customers to complete global edge deployments for any number of locations in a matter of minutes, with one-touch provisioning from a single device, such as a PC, smartphone, or tablet. The new Lenovo XClarity edge-to-cloud management software also simplifies orchestration, maintenance, and metering with one unified view into all Lenovo edge to cloud solutions.

Lenovo also introduced its highly adaptable ThinkEdge SE10, an optimised entry-level client edge device that allows customers to capture analog and digital data, such as temperature and humidity at the outermost edge of their business. Together, the solutions will help businesses across a wide range of high-growth industries accelerate the global rollout of edge computing, generating faster insights and accelerating intelligent transformation.

“Edge is everywhere today and it sets the next frontier in the digital transformation journey. Early adopters of edge computing in manufacturing, energy, and utilities verticals have been reaping the benefits such as faster decision-making with real-time insights. We are seeing a rapid adoption of edge across verticals in Asia-Pacific and businesses that are not keeping up with this trend risk falling behind in the digital transformation journey,” said Sumir Bhatia, President – AP, Lenovo ISG. “At Lenovo, our focus is on delivering state-of-the-art edge computing solutions to help our customers remain at the forefront of their industry, no matter their location. This represents a significant step forward in data intelligence, bringing the capabilities of cloud computing to even the most remote corners of a network”.

As the amount of worldwide data from sensors, cameras, and other sources exponentially grows, next-generation technologies that deliver data-centre-like computing to the edge are helping companies overcome networking constraints. Reducing the lag that occurs from massive data transfer, customers are leveraging edge computing technologies to process data at the source of its creation, benefitting from faster actionable insights and enabling innovative services for end users. However, edge site locations are often unmanned and hard to reach. Combined with new scalable server and computing services, Lenovo’s full range of far edge-to-cloud solutions will enable businesses to deploy an entire network of edge devices that are spread across the world at once, ushering in a pivotal evolution in data intelligence.

“Today, businesses across the ASEAN+ region (which includes Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) are leveraging edge computing more than ever before. More than 90% of organisations are either using or planning to adopt edge computing in the next year. However, with the increasing demand, organisations are challenged to manage multiple edge sites due to their complexity and limited resources”, said Kumar Mitra, Managing Director and Regional General Manager – Central Asia Pacific at Lenovo ISG. “To meet this growing demand, Lenovo introduced the Open Cloud Automation and ThinkEdge portfolio. These solutions represent a significant step towards enabling edge automation and management at scale. The cutting-edge technologies embedded within the ThinkEdge portfolio will empower customers to compute data at the point of origin. With AI at the edge, businesses can deliver more personalised and relevant services to their customers in real time, leading to an enhanced customer experience and increased satisfaction.”

Unlocking intelligence at the edge

Modern edge infrastructure is unlocking data intelligence to help solve humanity’s greatest challenges in far-flung locales all over the world. The old-world city of Barcelona is being transformed into one of the smartest in the world, enabled by a network of Lenovo ThinkEdge servers that are powering its award-winning 5G infrastructure. Lifting a smartphone near Barcelona’s picturesque La Sagrada Familia church triggers a tourist video to play instantly on screen, while in the city’s glamorous Mercat de la Concepcio, a personal shopper broadcasts food recommendations directly via high-tech augmented reality glasses. As the rollout continues, Lenovo ThinkEdge servers are deployed in street cabinets around the city, empowering artificial intelligence for improved emergency response, public safety, and accessibility.

Built for the unique challenges of remote environments, the ruggedised ThinkEdge portfolio leverages Lenovo’s ThinkShield security capabilities, featuring the industry’s most modern and stringent security measures to keep data safe, such as bolstered physical and cyber tamper detection and locking bezels that prevent unauthorised access. The servers are also built to withstand hot summer temperatures, as well as chilly winters.

In the future, these edge servers can help better manage traffic, sending messages from traffic lights to cars, warning when they are about to turn red, and helping them drive in a fuel-efficient fashion.

Enabling mass edge deployment  

As the demand for edge computing grows, the new Lenovo Open Cloud Automation (LOC-A) 2.6 dramatically simplifies processes that used to require weeks of manual work to complete. LOC-A is capable of automating the deployment of ThinkEdge clients and servers at scale within minutes, eliminating the need for manual resources and potential human error. With LOC-A 2.6, Lenovo ThinkEdge servers can be shipped directly to their desired edge locations, where they can be securely authenticated, activated, and registered remotely, speeding time to value.

“When it comes to edge computing, there are different variables that need to be addressed. At Insight Enterprises Inc., oftentimes we are helping customers deploy systems in remote locations where space is limited, harder to access and conditions are harsher than in a traditional data centre. Each location individually is challenging, but the edge is a distributed environment that often numbers into the thousands if not tens of thousands. 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,” said Juan Orlandini, Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer at Insight.

LOC-A automatically and remotely updates the edge device’s firmware, then installs and configures all platform components like the operating system and cloud software. Additionally, with LOC-A 2.6, edge devices are installed through a one-touch setup with minimal downtime, delivering immediate value through ease and efficiency of operation and enabling swift computing and insights from globally sourced data without lag time. LOC-A 2.6 is capable of onboarding Lenovo’s ThinkEdge portfolio of SE10, SE30, SE50, SE70, SE350, and SE450 servers.

Transforming business outcomes anywhere

The Lenovo ThinkEdge portfolio offers a full range of client and server edge infrastructure solutions, software, and services. The new ThinkEdge SE10 client device with Intel Atom processor turns analog measurements, such as temperature, lighting, and humidity into digital data, which can then be analysed for insights and actions. The ThinkEdge SE10 compact and rugged design is optimised for analog-to-data processing everywhere customers need it, including retail locations, manufacturing facilities, and smart buildings. Leveraging the ThinkEdge SE10, businesses can mitigate food waste, automate sorting and processing, improve inventory management, and improve self-service or security functions throughout their operations. From extreme temperatures to the most constrained spaces, the SE10 is designed as the most versatile device in the ThinkEdge portfolio and is available in an industrial-specific design, with even more rugged ThinkEdge SE10-i.

Lenovo’s fully integrated edge business also features a range of newly available support services, including Lenovo’s Edge Data Management Workshops and AI Innovators Program. Working with Lenovo, businesses can tap an extensive ecosystem of expert consultants who are trained to help customers identify a clear path for rollout and realise faster edge deployments to achieve scale.

Providing a complete portfolio of edge servers, AI-ready storage and solutions, Lenovo offerings are also available as-a-Service through Lenovo TruScale, which easily extends workloads from the edge to the cloud in a consumption-based model.

Visit https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/servers-storage/solutions/edge-computing/ to learn more about the Lenovo Edge Ecosystem, including the new software, hardware and service offerings, as well as new customer stories.