Lenovo Reports AI Infrastructure Revenue Exceeds $2 Billion – Performance Computing News Analysis | insideHPC

June 14, 2023 RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC Today, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announced it has achieved record annual AI infrastructure revenue of more than US$2 billion and unveiled the next phase of its growth strategy, with an additional investment of US$1 billion over three years to accelerate AI deployment for enterprises.

Fueled by growing global digitization and demand for IT infrastructure upgrades, Lenovo is simplifying the often complex implementation of new AI capabilities by delivering AI at the data source and leveraging its extensive network of world-class partners to build next-generation turnkey solutions that enable cyber intelligence right at the edge. The investment will further expand the company’s portfolio of smart devices, infrastructure solutions and AI-ready services to help accelerate innovation, enable the use of generative AI and deliver cognitive decisions at scale in in finance, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and smart city applications.

As part of the additional investment, Lenovo is committing $100 million to grow the Lenovo AI Innovators program, which delivered a record of more than 150 cutting-edge AI solutions built with 45 leading ISV partners in the program’s first year. Leveraging the end-to-end ecosystem of AI Innovators, the new solutions are taking AI from lab to scale and enabling the dramatic technological shifts underway in high-growth industries. With the new solutions, customers can more quickly deploy and leverage cutting-edge AI capabilities, such as generative AI, computer vision, voice AI, and virtual assistants.

Building on our 150+ AI solutions, this milestone investment further expands the development of AI-ready infrastructure solutions that will help customers overcome deployment complexities and more easily deploy AI to deliver transformative products and services to the market, said Kirk Skaugen, president of Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group. As we continue our journey to become the largest end-to-end infrastructure solutions provider in the world, Lenovo is committed to being the most trusted partner and empowering our customers’ intelligent transformation by bringing AI to the source of their data, at the edge.

AI is driving a new wave of business opportunity, but many companies face implementation challenges due to resource constraints and infrastructure complexities, which are blocking implementation. The Lenovo AI Innovators program includes an ecosystem of best-in-class software partners who work with Lenovo to provide customers with tailored, proven, and ready-to-deploy AI solutions for their end-to-end operations, including computer vision , audio recognition, prediction, security and virtual assistants for every industry.

Through its solutions, Lenovo helps customers unlock the value of their data by deploying AI solutions purpose-built to transform their business with more predictable outcomes. As the retail, restaurant and hospitality industries adapt to the post-pandemic era, companies are reinventing front-end and back-end operations to enable better customer service, mitigate waste and address change in the job market. Lenovo is collaborating with DeepBrain AI to offer an end-to-end solution for Generative AI Virtual Assistants that can be paired with powerful Large Language Model (LLM) models to provide automated 24/7 concierge service out of 7 in hospitality and retail contexts. With Lenovo and Vistry, quick service restaurants around the world use computer vision to automate cook times and help predict supply quantities to prevent food waste, ensure quality standards and help improve customer retention and profitability.

As manufacturing operations around the globe seek digitization to drive future growth and differentiation amid economic disruptions, innovative AI solutions from Lenovo and Guise help industrial customers reduce unplanned downtime with up to 14 days of advanced forecasting, as well as understanding customer behavior and optimizing processes with computer vision, predictive maintenance and production line anomaly detection.

Lenovo is also providing its AI solutions through TruScale Infrastructure as a Service for maximum flexibility as the company continues its service-based transformation. AI Innovators partner Al Hathboor Bikal.ai and Lenovo are pioneering a service-based implementation of an AI-enabled data center at the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) . Leveraging Lenovo TruScale HPC and AI as a Service, the collaboration provides public and private organizations with access to AI capabilities to support citizen safety through digital transformation projects in education, R&D , retail, oil and gas. AI-enabled data center computing resources will also help organizations bring the benefits of advanced AI capabilities, such as GPT-3, into their operations. Designed to align with the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 policy, the data center is the first in the region to use industry-leading Lenovo Neptune direct water cooling to deliver improved performance and efficiency while reducing power consumption.

Al Hathboor sees this collaboration as a way to give the UAE a technological edge to the innovation ecosystem, create jobs and opportunities for our youth, and develop technology to solve regional and global challenges. Lenovo, NVIDIA and Intel with SRTIP offer us a joint capability in technology transfer and we look forward to working with our universities, businesses and government, said Mohammed Al Hathboor, Management Committee Member of Al Hathboor Bikal.ai.

The new Lenovo AI Discover Center of Excellence provides access to Lenovo AI data scientists, architects, and engineers to help explore, implement, and scale AI solutions. The service also guides customers to the most appropriate software partners, AI-optimized infrastructure, and responsible AI leadership through the Lenovo Responsible AI Committee. As companies learn to implement AI, the committee helps clients with their approach to designing, implementing and using AI ethically, helping organizations understand and address privacy considerations, fair use, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

As the amount of data around the world grows exponentially, next-generation infrastructure technologies that deliver data center-like computing at the edge are critical to powering artificial intelligence to improve emergency response, security public, accessibility, tourism and retail experiences. With more business data being processed outside the data center, Lenovo is committed to supporting AI workloads everywhere, delivering targeted performance for remote settings.

Today, Lenovo expands its comprehensive AI-ready infrastructure portfolio to more than 70 products, with new AI-optimized edge-to-cloud server platforms that help manage any AI workload. With emerging innovations like LLM and the ever-expanding computer vision implementations, more processing power is needed where data is generated to run real-time inference at the edge.

The new Lenovo ThinkEdge SE360 V2 is the latest purpose-built edge server that delivers more power to enable AI solutions ranging from computer vision, speech AI, and generative AI. Whether it’s a store, factory, or office, the new server provides expanded accelerated computing that supports the Intel Data Center GPU Flex Series, NVIDIA L4 Tensor Core GPU, NVIDIA AI Enterprise Software Platform, and Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 platforms to enable intensive workloads at the source of data creation. ThinkEdge SE360 V2 offers the highest GPU density in the smallest form factor available and is at least twice as quiet as competitive products, enabling edge AI deployment at the most remote and rugged sites.

The new lineup of AI-ready edge solutions also includes Lenovo ThinkEdge SE350 V2 for hybrid cloud and modern HCI deployments, which offers double the storage capacity and leverages the Intel Xeon D processor to help customers run the intelligence by easily consolidating workloads, data backup, collaboration, and content delivery in the smallest form factor on the market.

In the data center, the new Lenovo ThinkSystem SR675 V3 is the most versatile and accelerated computing platform on the market and purpose-built for AI with three server configurations in one, including support for NVIDIA HGX 4-GPU or 4-DW systems PCle Server GPU GPU or 8-DW PCle in a compact 3U footprint. As fully simulated digital replicas of entire buildings, factories, distribution centers, retail stores or cities, digital twins are combined with artificial intelligence to generate improved business processes and design outcomes. Lenovo is collaborating with NVIDIA on its latest NVIDIA OVX system for building and operating virtual worlds, delivering powerful performance for Omniverse Enterprise workloads in the data center. ThinkSystem SR675 V3, based on the OVX architecture, features up to eight NVIDIA L40 GPUs to maximize performance and deliver the most advanced ray tracing with RTX-accelerated graphics and AI capabilities in a robust and scalable platform, enabling customers to explore and unlock the potential of digital twins for businesses of all sizes.

Beyond infrastructure, Lenovo is deploying AI from the pocket to the cloud, with cutting-edge smart devices and solutions, ensuring data science is accessible across industries in the new era of hybrid and remote work. For better collaboration, the new Lenovo ThinkPad commercial laptops include a new Lenovo View application, which offers AI-enabled computer vision technology for better video image quality and tools. LenovoThinkReality XR solutions help users access immersive simulations, while purpose-built Lenovo ThinkStation and ThinkPad P Series Data Science workstations deliver the high performance needed for mission-critical AI model development, data preparation, and training tasks .

With its AI-ready servers, state-of-the-art smart devices, and ecosystem of leading ISVs, Lenovo will bring pre-validated, performance-optimized AI solutions to the source of customer data, even in the most exclusive edge settings . Together, these advances serve to simplify the implementation of AI, making it accessible to organizations of all sizes and enabling transformative intelligence across all industries.

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