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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – November 18, 2008 – Lenovo today announced Secure Managed Client (SMC), a first ever, storage-based, desktop computing solution that can dramatically help businesses reduce IT costs and security risks by turning off hard drives and storing all data in a non-server remote location – all while offering users the flexibility and performance of a traditional desktop PC.

“We believe that Secure Managed Client is that rarest of gems – a breakthrough technology in desktop computing,” said Peter Schrady, vice president, general manager, software and peripherals, Lenovo. “We’ve all seen the rapid-fire advances in mobile computing such as batteries, connectivity, and the like, but this is the desktop PC’s turn to shine. SMC is an exceptionally engineered innovation designed for better manageability, better security, better performance and a better balance sheet.”

The SMC solution consists of a client, a hard drive-less ThinkCentre desktop PC Intel® vPro™ technology, a Lenovo co-developed software stack and a centralized Lenovo Storage Array, powered by Intel.

SMC offers several significant benefits over current server-based computing options such as blade PCs, thin clients or desktop virtualization, most notably:

Preserves PC fidelity - SMC gives the end user a full Windows experience
Avoids IT complexity - SMC works with and enhances current IT process and tools
Safe and flexible investment - An SMC ThinkCentre can easily be converted back to a traditional desktop PC by re-enabling the hard drives
Energy efficient - An SMC ThinkCentre uses less energy than a traditional desktop PC
Security - Information from all desktops in an SMC fleet is stored in a safe, single location, significantly reducing the threat of on-site theft of data

Some of Lenovo’s large enterprise customers have recorded significant results from SMC pilot deployments. For example, Nortel reports gains in the form of reduced IT costs and employee satisfaction. “We believe the evolution of desktop computing will migrate to a Secure Managed Client solution,” said Steve Bandrowczak, CIO, Nortel. “We’ve rigorously tested Lenovo’s solution on our desktops in North America, and both users and our IT organization were extremely pleased. Our goal at Nortel is to provide an equal or better desktop experience while significantly cutting our IT costs. We believe Lenovo’s SMC solution has that potential.”

Lenovo estimates that large enterprise customers in North America typically spend about $120 a month to fully manage a PC. This expense takes into account such things as deskside IT visits, call center support, and management costs. Lenovo further estimates that using the SMC solution can potentially reduce this expense to as low as $70 per PC.

The SMC solution is currently being offered on the ThinkCentre M57p[1] desktop PC, and can also be offered on the ThinkCentre M58p[2] in early 2009. The recently launched M58p is the greenest, most secure and most manageable ThinkCentre desktop yet.

Customers can take advantage of a full suite of Lenovo Professional Services to help them get up and running quickly and begin to realize the savings that the SMC solution will produce. Lenovo can seamlessly integrate the SMC solution into the customer environment from initial migration planning and design to end-to-end SMC implementation.  These services include:

  • SMC Assessment
  • Infrastructure Planning & Design
  • Pilot Deployment
  • Managed Deployment
  • Customer Training
  • SMC Consulting
  • System Tuning

SMC is backed by Lenovo award-winning service and support. SMC customers can choose Lenovo ThinkPlus Priority Support to ensure continuous reliability and efficient operation of the SMC solution.

For more information please visit: www.Lenovo.com/software/smc

Availability
The Secure Managed Client solution is available immediately in North America, and is planned to be released worldwide in mid 2009.

About Secure Managed Client
The Secure Managed Client solution is the product of a partnership among: Lenovo, Intel, LANDesk, America Megatrends Inc and Serden.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building exceptionally engineered personal computers. Lenovo’s business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

1 Available only on M57p usff
2 Will be available on all M58p form factors