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Maximize Uptime with the Industry’s Most Reliable Servers

 
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14 September 2015     Jill Caugherty

All Products     ThinkServer & System x

Which servers are the most reliable in the industry? For the third year in a row, Lenovo servers achieved the highest rate of reliability above all x86 servers worldwide, according to the latest ITIC 2015-2016 Global Server Hardware and OS Reliability Survey.
Unplanned downtime wreaks havoc on a business. 

Imagine a small travel agency with online booking and reservations.  The company uses a single server to run its reservation software and maintain accounting and customer records. Its server suffers a hardware failure and goes down unexpectedly, interrupting business for more than five days. Its customers cannot access the system and instead choose a different provider, causing the agency to lose revenue. Costs increase as the company struggles to repair the machine. Several customers complain that they cannot view itineraries for upcoming trips that they have booked. The travel agency's reputation takes a major hit.

According to the Gartner Group,* the majority of impacted small businesses are forced to close within two years after a major data loss. Outages impact large companies adversely, too — potentially with millions of dollars in lost revenue, plummeting sales, lawsuits, compromised brands and damaged reputations.

Your business relies on server uptime. So does your bottom line. You need highly reliable servers that can help run your critical workloads and processes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, uninterrupted.

You’re not alone. Increasingly, businesses expect higher levels of uptime. 82 percent of corporations now require a minimum of 99.99 percent uptime or better (no more than 52 minutes of annual unplanned downtime) for mission-critical hardware, operating systems and main lines of business.   

This begs the question: Which servers are the most reliable in the industry?

For the third year in a row,Lenovo servers achieved the highest rate of reliability above all x86 servers worldwide, according to the latest ITIC 2015-2016 Global Server Hardware and OS Reliability Survey. The independent survey polled over 600 global businesses (representing 47 different industries) in May and June of 2015. Only one percent of Lenovo serversexperienced unplanned downtime of more than four hours in the past year, as opposed to six percent of Dell and 10 percent of HP x86 servers. In fact, per the survey results, HP ProLiant servers’ reliability has continued to decline for the fourth year in a row.

Additionally, 97 percent of Lenovo servers — the highest percentage of all x86 server vendors — had downtime of 40 minutes or less, compared to 76 percent of HP ProLiant and 77 percent of Dell PowerEdge.

What’s more, the reliability numbers achieved by the Lenovo servers are similar to the numbers shown by higher-end platforms such as IBM System z mainframe servers, which traditionally have extremely high availability by design.  

Lenovo servers incorporate high availability and high quality into all components, as well as into the development, manufacturing and supply chain processes. Redundant, hot-swappable components minimize single points of failure. Enhanced predictive failure analysis proactively monitors components and alerts of potential issues. Light Path Diagnostics highlight LEDs inside the chassis for exact problem identification. Intuitive, easy-to-use tools such as Lenovo XClarity and the Next Gen Light Path Diagnostic Panel reduce troubleshooting time and human error. Lenovo System x Trusted Platform Assurance security protects the hardware and firmware to guard against malware attacks. Together, these fault-resilient Lenovo reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features help avoid unplanned outages.

Had the travel agency used Lenovo servers, it would have avoided the nightmare of lost revenue and customers, and instead would have experienced 99.99 percent uptime and uninterrupted sales. It pays to invest wisely!

For more information, read the 2015-2016 ITIC Reliability Report and learn more about highly resilient Lenovo servers.


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