After closing a year marked by the growth of 40% PC and 74% in servers, the manufacturer Lenovo wants to keep as a reference also in high-performance computing.

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upcoming notable changes in the way you use technology, both at the personal level as well as in the corporate. For the new generations that enter the labor market, the use of mobile devices is essential, so that the work spaces have to adjust to these circumstances.

the offices of The future will be very different to those of today. Will be increasingly small (from 2010 has been reduced by 30% of your space) and will have an infrastructure that facilitates such mobility by the employees. In addition to this, it will be necessary to increased reliability to connect to applications and services, since it depends on their productivity. Meetings, for example, will be more virtual and in a short time you will not need to be present, but that the collaboration will be done remotely, without losing effectiveness.

Are some of the conclusions that you reached Alain Raison, executive director of Lenovo EMEA, during the annual meeting that is keeping the manufacturer with partners, customers and press, this time in Valletta, Malta.

With these forecasts in hand, it becomes increasingly important to have intelligent devices and computer infrastructure that can make life easier for users of both worlds.

For Lenovo, the business related to the PC remains key to their strategy, although everything related to the data center, such as x86 servers, is gaining brownie points from the acquisition of this division to IBM, “a turning point in our arrival at the professional market,” admitted Raison.

today, the sale of computers to the consumer market generates 55% of sales, while the remaining 45% comes from the professional field. But these percentages could vary in the future, as anticipated Alberto Ruano, director general of Lenovo in Spain and Portugal.

A benchmark in Europe

The business of Lenovo in EMEA has grown above the world average. According to the figures provided by the company itself, at the global level grew in its last fiscal year, a 11%, while in Europe, the Middle East and Africa rose to 18%, the region that has sold 14 million units of PC in their different varieties.

Alberto Ruano, director general of Lenovo in Spain and Portugal, at a time of their intervention in Valletta, Malta

it Is a growth in which the Spanish subsidiary has been the protagonist, because their PC sales have grown by about 40% (1.2 million units). In a market as flat as this is, such a figure is very positive for the chinese manufacturer. “We are a leader for our european colleagues,” said Ruano, who desgranaba some of the reasons for these results: “we are increasingly making inroads in the midmarket, thanks to the creation of a specific team to respond to companies of less than 1000 employees. But the renovation and expansion of our portfolio of mobile devices has also served to reach more consumers and close more deals in the education sector”. Here, your alliance with Intel and Microsoft continues giving its fruits, including tablets based on Windows, a combination necessary in teaching environments.

But Ruano admitted that there is still room for improvement and a long way to go, something that can only get working in a team with your partner ecosystem, from wholesalers to integrators, passing through distributors and retail: “We have to work as a single team, maintain discipline and ensure that there is a connection between all the business segments. We are aware that our response to the ecosystem has to be more agile and we are working to achieve it.”

of course the development of the technological component is also essential. Here continue to reduce the thickness and weight of the portable devices, as well as the internal elements to improve its performance and autonomy, characteristics increasingly important to any user.

all in all, the objectives set out by Lenovo in Iberia for the new fiscal year are ambitious: “consumption we want to grow 15%, while in SMB and professional percentage rises to 20%”, these are figures that are within our reach and we can get them, ended Ruano.

data Center and HPC

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the acquisition of the division of x86 servers of IBM in 2014 has marked a before and an after for Lenovo. After a period of transition marked by a market that has suffered during the past few years, the division for data center of the manufacturer is reaping good results and is the most reliable brand and with better customer satisfaction. is Angel Ruiz, director of Lenovo’s Data Center Group for Spain and Portugal, gave some hints of the progression that has kept this business segment. “In 2011, Lenovo had no supercomputer in the ranking Top500. In 2017, 97 of them were with our infrastructure”.

he Also talked about the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), the most powerful system at the national level and one of the first worldwide, which is based on servers from Lenovo.

And they are currently working on the supercomputer most powerful in Europe, which will be located in Germany.

however, for Ruiz the most important thing is not to look at the figures or market share, but to maintain reliability and customer satisfaction, features that are allowing to grow at double digit during the last few quarters, as anticipated Silicon exclusively in recent interview.