POSITION PAPER: Lenovo ThinkServer RD540 and RD640- Small Steps Forward

In September, 2013, Moor Insights & Strategy published an overview analysis of Lenovo’s server offering entitled, “Understanding Lenovo’s Server Position”, and stated that there was an opportunity for Lenovo to break out of their current market share position in the “other” category and make a serious play in the server market.

With Lenovo’s latest server announcement on October 16th, we were hoping to see something very different, but we’re still seeing, for the most part, more of the same. The ThinkServer RD540 and RD560 announcement was Intel-leveraged with little to differentiate the Lenovo ThinkServers from the competition, and little to cause customers to move away from their current Dell, HP and IBM platforms and consider Lenovo. There were 3 key observations we recognized that we would like to point out, none of which we believe will help Lenovo break out of their current market share position.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Observation #1: Reliance on Intel
  • Observation #2: Catching up in a Few Areas
  • Observation #3: Minimal Obvious Differentation
  • Server Customer Guidance
  • Important Information About This Paper

You can download the paper here.