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In the age of virtualization, servers are becoming the hot topic as companies attempt to save money by consolidating physical resources by employing virtual ones. Lenovo, with its ThinkServer line of low-cost, high-performance rack and tower servers, is attempting to bring virtualization capabilities to the SMB segment.
For testing, the company sent the CRN Test Center a Lenovo ThinkServer RD240, a 2U, two-socket server with a pair of quad-core Xeon E5640 processors running at 2.7 Ghz and loaded with 16 GB of 1333 Mhz DDR3 memory. We'd characterize the unit's Geekbench scores as above average, and its IOmeter performance as exceptional. This capable little box is more than up to the role of virtualization server for small organizations.
With Windows Server 2008 R2 running on 16 GB of 1333 Mhz memory, the RD240 delivered a Geekbench 2.1.13 high score of 12,409, which puts it squarely among the leaders in tests we've performed here at CRN. And its transaction processing and throughput performance, as measured with IOmeter, were also impressive.
At its peak, the RD240 was able to sustain more than 71,600 I/O transactions per second (IOPS) and a sustained a transfer rate of 280 MBps, making it well suited for small-office scenarios such as for file and print services, e-mail, media streaming, virtualization and other office duties.