The latest addition to Lenovo’s edge lineup, the ThinkEdge SE450 packs Nvidia GPUs and AI capabilities into a 2U rack-like form factor. This case, 300 mm (12 inches), includes a Xeon Platinum processor of 3e generation and accommodates up to four single-width GPUs or two double-width GPUs, along with six NVMe SSDs and 1TB of DDR4 memory. It’s also one of the first Nvidia-certified Edge systems. The server also comes in a slightly larger 360 mm (14.2 inch) size. The SE450 is specifically designed to withstand higher operating temperature variations, dust, shock and vibration in harsh vertical environments. Furthermore, the ThinkEdge SE450 is highly secure: a locking bezel prevents unauthorized access and SSD encryption protects data.

The Chinese vendor is pursuing an active AI strategy at the edge. Lenovo is encouraged by Gartner estimates that 75% of enterprise-generated data will be processed at the edge by 2025, and 80% of enterprise IoT projects will integrate AI by 2022. Lenovo designed its ThinkEdge SE450 server as an AI platform running directly at the edge. “With the ThinkEdge SE450 server and in collaboration with our vast ecosystem of partners, Lenovo is delivering on the promise of AI at the edge, whether to provide greater connectivity to smart cities to detect and respond to accidents in the circulation or meet predictive maintenance needs on the manufacturing line,” said Charles Ferland, vice president and general manager of the edge business at Lenovo ISG, in a statement.

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Because edge sites are often remote and difficult to access, the ThinkEdge SE450 is automatically installed and managed with Lenovo Open Cloud Automation (LOC-A) and configurable with XClarity Orchestrator software. As with most of the vendor’s hardware offerings, the ThinkEdge SE450 is available as an outright purchase or under Lenovo’s TruScale as-a-Service consumer model. Lenovo hardware has been developed in conjunction with its partners and customers. Several prototypes have been designed for different sectors. Real-world testing was performed with real-world workloads in telecommunications, retail, and smart city environments. The platform works with Windows, Red Hat, CentOS, Ubuntu and VMware hypervisor operating systems.