Lenovo Launches Expanded Portfolio of AI Solutions

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Today, Lenovo unveiled an expanded portfolio of enterprise AI solutions designed to help companies develop and deploy AI with “turnkey services, business-ready vertical solutions and energy-efficient innovations designed to accelerate the practical application of AI,” the company said.

They include new services powered by NVIDIA through the Lenovo AI Center of Excellence, validated AI Innovator solutions from pocket to cloud and the 6th generation of Lenovo Neptune liquid cooling designed to support the rollout of AI-ready computing without sacrificing energy efficiency.

Research with IDC and NVIDIA, commissioned by Lenovo, reveals generative AI as the top tech investment priority in 2024 among IT and business decision-makers (ITBDMs) from across the globe. The new expansion is part of Lenovo’s previously announced $1 billion investment over three years to accelerate generative AI deployment and enable “Smarter AI for All” with solutions designed to simplify adoption, deliver faster outcomes and maximize performance and efficiency at any stage of the AI journey.

“Delivering generative AI to every company around the world requires end-to-end infrastructure that is purpose-built to simplify the path to AI innovation and enable real-world applications,” said Scott Tease,VP/GM of High-Performance Computing and AI at Lenovo. “With these new offerings, Lenovo is enabling validated, AI-ready use cases for customers across every industry globally.”

Lenovo’s Scott Tease

Lenovo’s third annual CIO report shows that most organizations are struggling with how to deploy AI solutions.  Offering an AI services portfolio aligned with the Gartner Five Critical AI Adoption Phases as mentioned in the Gartner report, the Lenovo AI Services Center of Excellence (AI COE) is designed to help customers find solutions to put AI to work for their organizations quickly, cost-effectively and at scale.

  • Lenovo AI Fast Start is intended to deliver live solutions to demonstrate generative AI deployment and showcase business, operational, and technology results. Businesses can accelerate andscale AI using full-stack NVIDIA-based technologies through Lenovo AI Fast Start for NVIDIA AI Enterprise, while new Lenovo AI Fast Start for NVIDIA NIM inference microservices provides developers with easy to use and manage containerized and optimized inference engines for popular NVIDIA AI Foundation models available from NVIDIA and its partner ecosystem. New AI Fast Start for AI Innovators helps companies set up, demo, and build tailored AI use cases by combining any of the 165+ turn-key Lenovo AI Innovators program solutions to quickly and effectively prove out and drive AI value and ROI.
  • With AI Advisory services coming soon, Lenovo service consultants will build upon a company’s AI readiness to define the desired business outcomes and build a roadmap to organizational adoption of AI at any scale, from pocket to cloud. With a people-centric focus on AI adoption, services will include training and tools to help customers engage and enable their employees through the AI journey.
  • To get started, new Lenovo AI Discover is intended to help customers visualize and map their strategy and resources for AI adoption to rapidly unlock real business value. Lenovo will help assess the organization’s AI readiness across security, people, technology, and process with recommendations.

Across its portfolio of 165+ AI Innovator Solutions, Lenovo is designed to harness data across retail, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, finance or smart city applications.

Lenovo is bringing the following solutions to establish or expand AI, all available to fast track and scale immediately with the new Lenovo AI Fast Start services:

  • Smart Virtual Assistant: Lenovo, in collaboration with NVIDIA and DeepBrain, offers customer service that creates a virtual employee to serve customers with an AI-powered kiosk.
  • Smart Travel: Lenovo AI is designed to enhance the safety of air travel: with an automated anti-bird strike solution. Using Lenovo AI ThinkSystem SR650 servers with NVIDIA GPUs, The Edge Company creates a high-performance appliance that enables airports to protect their airspace.
  • Smart Manufacturing: Lenovo helps makes zero incidents a priority, having worked with NVIDIA and Graymatics to offer video-based analytics. LabVista is the multi-industry solution providing deep insights on workplace safety, efficiency and compliance.
  • Smart Retail: Lenovo, in collaboration with NVIDIA, shape the self-checkout of tomorrow, delivering an edge retail infrastructure on which Everseen Visual AI platform can recover retail loss while creating better customer experiences at self-checkout.

Lenovo Neptune liquid cooling

With key ISVs, Lenovo is also developing AI ecosystems regionally. Al Hathboor Bikal.ai and Lenovo just unveiled DialogXR, the UAE region’s first locally deployable, AI-powered solution for streamlining business operations, using Large Language Models (LLMs) to automate tasks, enhance customer service, and provide on-demand insights and training for employees. The trained chatbot uses an organization’s unique data and leverages state-of-the-art Lenovo Neptune liquid cooling HPC cluster within the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) to support reduced energy consumption while accelerating AI.

Lenovo continues its investment in accelerating Al development and enhancing hybrid capabilities through its expanded Al PC and workstation portfolio and services. For everyday business users, NPU-enabled Lenovo ThinkPad devices and Al Innovators Partner, Dynamo Al, enable enterprises to safely deploy generative Al applications. Leveraging embedded Dynamo features, Thinkpad users will be able to perform model risk evaluations, apply remediations, and integrate ultra-low latency guardrails and observability across their favorite AI-enabled applications. Moreover, Dynamo enables enterprises to deploy multilingual guardrails that can be customized in natural language for each organization’s unique internal Al policies. The sleek and ultrathin Lenovo ThinkPad T14s Gen 6, the first CoPilot+ PC from Lenovo with 40+ TOPs capability, offers built-in Al performance, enterprise readiness and superior efficiency with the most efficient processor on the market today to help remote workers stay productive from anywhere – no plugs needed.

For professional creators, designers, engineers and other users who need more advanced AI and graphics capabilities, Lenovo offers its largest-ever portfolio of NVIDIA-Certified desktop and laptop workstations for the NVIDIA AI Enterprise software platform. With NVIDIA AI Workbench, Lenovo workstations deliver a local, secure, sandbox environment for data science and AI professionals along with the highest-performance computing capabilities required to develop AI projects. Lenovo’s ThinkStation PX is desktop and rack optimized, and is the world’s most powerful workstation for AI training and development3, capable of supporting up to four NVIDIA RTX 6000 Ada Generation GPUs. The recently announced ThinkPad P1 Gen 7 serves as Lenovo’s most powerful AI PC and includes a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) plus advanced NVIDIA RTX Ada Generation laptop GPUs for a premium AI experience .

Lenovo Neptune has has developed its proprietary method of using liquid for more than a decade to remove heat and delivering up to a 40 percent reduction in power consumption compared to traditional air-cooled systems. The direct water-cooling solution recycles loops of warm water to cool data center systems and keep server components cool.

Lenovo said its 6th generation of Lenovo Neptune liquid cooling technology includes:

  • Expanded Neptune availability throughout the portfolio: Mainstream ThinkSystem V3 and V4 offerings include options for direct open-loop water cooling for CPUs.
  • Optimized and patented cold plate designs for CPUs and accelerators maximize heat extraction for accelerators consuming ~700W now with future designs for more than 1000W.
  • On-memory cooling technology for ThinkSystem platforms: Lenovomemory cooling for dense HPC systems will be integrated into select ThinkSystem Platforms with direct to DRAM liquid cooling, allowing customers to select from CPU and memory options toreduce heat and maximize performance.
  • New warm-water cooling designs will allow operation without specialized data center air conditioning. Neptune warm-water cooling turns waste heat into value by allowing hot-water reuse in the facility.

Additionally, colocation partnerships are helping customers implement high-performance private AI even if they lack the data center footprint or infrastructure for liquid cooling. Partnering with Lenovo, Digital Realty, recently built on its high-density colocation offering with the introduction of Lenovo Neptune cooling technology in more than half its data centers globally, representing a significant leap in addressing the challenges of high-density workloads presented by AI.

“The enormous increases in data being generated in recent years have created unprecedented demand for accelerated computing power, at a time when AI is also demanding accelerated computing,” said Chris Sharp, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Digital Realty. “Lenovo Neptune liquid cooling is designed to make enterprise computing as powerful and efficient as possible. Together, our partnership is empowering customers to meet their sustainability goals and exponentially grow generative AI capabilities through infrastructure that doesn’t sacrifice efficiency for higher performance.”

The Lenovo ThinkSystem AI portfolio features time to market support for eight-way NVIDIA GPU systems, including the Grace Blackwell GB200 Superchip. For customers focused on the environmental impact of AI, the 5U Lenovo ThinkSystem SR780a V3 uses Lenovo Neptune liquid cooling to achieve an ultra-low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) in the data center, according to Lenovo.

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