BlogWent to a Class on Edge Computing. Now My Car has a Ruggedized Edge Server

Five years ago, Lenovo spent almost $4.5 billion to buy IBM’s X86 server business and Google’s Motorola mobile phone unit.


Now we can have a computer built not only for my car but for any industrial, retail or remote office environment.

What I’m talking about is the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350. It is 1U, half-width and short depth server that can go anywhere, it’s slightly larger than an iPad. And boy does it have plenty of processing power. Weighing in at 22 pounds, it’s equipped with 16 cores of Intel’s Xeon-D processor, 256GB memory, 16TB solid-state storage, and a Nvidia Tesla GPU, all designed and built for the unique and harsh environmental requirements of edge and remote office computing.

Went to a class on edge computing. Now my car has a ruggedized edge server.

Mount it on a wall, stack it on a shelf, or install it in your car. This rugged edge server handles anything from dirty, dusty, high vibration environments to freezing and unbearable temperatures up to 130°F. And it is designed with a variety of wired (10GbE SPF+ ports) and wireless capabilities including LTE and Wi-Fi!

In addition to a dedicated wired networking management port, the SE350 delivers management over secure wireless so you can install updates, do management tasks, and even access the server when the primary internet connection is unavailable. Oh, and it auto restarts in the event of loss of power.

Did you know Lenovo has the most supercomputers on the bi-annual Top500 list of the world’s fastest systems and counts six of the top hyperscalers in the world as customers?

The best part of this server is it’s equipped with built-in security including key encrypted storage, secured bios, and several physical security controls, including intrusion and tamper protection mechanisms. If the server gets nicked, the onboard G-sensor accelerometer detects movement (such as someone removing it from my car) and it will shut down the server, disable remote access, and secure all the drives via encryption. The same thing will happen if some hoodie-wearing character tries to remove the cover to take the data drives. The server also has a Kensington lock and cable that will help reduce the temptation to take this cute little server home.

Small but enterprise-ready, the SE350 includes features such as wireless failover, redundant boot drives, high-temperature components and support for today’s hyperconverged solutions. And the best part is it can be unlocked and completely set up anywhere around the world all with a mobile app. Ship this cutie via UPS to any remote location, unpack it, mount it to a wall, turn it on and run the installation process all with no fuss.

As IT industry slowly shifts from on-premise data computing to the cloud, latency issues and data demands will require more computing at the edge. IoT, video analytics, to remote office environments are sustainable without computing at the edge.

Want to try this bad boy? Get in touch with us and we’ll let you take it for a test drive for 30 days.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350.

Small but enterprise-ready, the Lenovo ThinkSystem SE350

Mount it on a wall, stack it on a shelf, or install it in your car.

About the Author

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies. He is a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.