Secure Managed Client

Secure Managed Client
Lenovo's Secure Managed Client (SMC) is an alternative client solution that delivers a superior end-user, business and IT experience compared to other alternative client solutions. It utilizes a ThinkCentre® client with an INTEL® VT Processor, iSCSI protocol, a Lenovo co-developed software stack and Lenovo Storage Array Appliance powered by Intel. Although SMC offers all the benefits and functionality of an alternative client solution it accomplishes this without sacrificing end-user experience, application compatibility, graphics performance or the number of desktop options available.

SMC is a storage based solution that offers a wide array of functionality and software add-ons and can be deployed to departments or rolled out company wide. It is designed to make it easy to manage and provisioning users and images, minimize TCO and deliver a quick ROI by eliminating the need for desk side support as well as lowering the installation, moving, adding, changing (IMAC), deployment and energy costs. The solution offers free seating, redundancy, single and pristine image capability, centralized image and user provisioning, , agent less asset tracking, IT service level monitoring and printer usage monitoring, to mention just a few , The optional IT-oriented, business reports deliver weekly company-wide updates on end-user experience, client, network and printing performance. For an overview of Lenovo's Secure Managed Client superior end-user, business and IT experience, please review the video clips below:


SMC Key Strengths vs. Alternative Client Solutions
Although Lenovo's Secure Managed Client is an alternative client solution, it does not inherit the common limitations of similar solutions. From the end user perspective it delivers a full PC experience, and from a C-Level perspective delivers the cost savings, centralized management and data security that you would expect from an Alternative Client Solution. Below are a few of the additional benefits of Lenovo's Secure Managed Client versus other alternative client solutions:

Several companies have, over the years, developed alternative client solutions that have tried to deliver on the benefits of "centralized computing" but have not been able to overcome the obstacles that centralized computing creates. Some of these obstacles are:

  1. Higher initial investment for backend servers, virtualization software licenses, etc.
  2. The cost associated with the need for centralization in the DataCenter.
  3. Unique processes, images, testing and other methods not consistent with existing IT practices.
  4. The inability of achieving a full PC experience or satisfying the user's expectations of what a Windows PC should deliver.
  5. Ultimately, achieving real savings and reasonable return on investment.

SMC's architecture overcomes the above hurdles and is designed around storage consolidation and is essentially a PC with remote storage.

As a result,
  1. The initial purchase price of a diskless SMC offering is consistent with the purchase cost of a comparable PC. While the other solutions are consistently more than an existing PC solution would be; therefore they rely upon the promise of TCO reduction expectation that the future years will create an ROI. If redundancy is a requirement, the other solutions become even more expensive because they require redundancy at every level: server, storage, Datacenter, software, etc. whereas SMC just requires an additional Lenovo Storage Array Appliance and the replication software array add-on module.
  2. At SMC's core is the Lenovo Storage Array Appliance which does not require raised floor or special power or cooling; and therefore does not have to be located in the Datacenter, and data center cost can be reduced by keeping the array in a standard locked or secure room, such as a network closet.
  3. Since SMC is a "PC with remote storage" it uses the same Common Operating Environment (COE) image as the rest of the company's clients and it leverages the same Corporate tools for management, like patch deployment. The result is no duplication of processes or additional groups to manage. Because of the above advantages, SMC requires little to no additional training, or procedure changes .
  4. Again, an SMC PC delivers the same user experience as a standard PC. All applications such as VoIP, multimedia, full motion video, AeroGlass, etc. work as they are designed. All hardware features work the same and require no additional support resources.
  5. Finally, the promise of centralized computing (improved control, reduced TCO, improved security, flexibility, etc.) is more easily achieved with SMC. Due to the fact that SMC uses cost effective components, and the fact that SMC enhances existing IT infrastructure and processes and centralizing user/image creation and management), it enables a customer to quickly achieve a low TCO and a high ROI.
SMC preserves the PC end-user experience.
The end-user experience of a SMC client is the same as it would be on a regular PC. That means it will meet the users and business' expectations for no compromised support of all of their standard and customized applications, audio and Voice over IP requirements, video formats and compatibility with their peripheral devices.

SMC avoids IT complexity.
From an IT experience perspective SMC is uncomplicated. Its remote SMC Management console simplifies tasks such as image and user provisioning. That in addition to supporting established IT processed helps minimize the complexity, that is associated with other Alternative Client Solutions.

SMC is a cost effective flexible investment.
Due to its simplicity SMC is less costly to implement and support. This led to a TCO that is up to 40% less than a traditional PC and an acquisition cost savings of up to 37% can be achieved when compared to some Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployments. A case study showed that SMC could create an ROI as over 428%! From a purchasing perspective SMC uses a standard ThinkCentre VPro desktop as a client allowing a company to standardize on one type of client for both their standard desktop users and SMC users, resulting in less complexity and simplification. Furthermore the SMC client can be reused as a standard desktop, further extending its use, cost recovery, flexibility and its lifetime compared to other solutions.

SMC has low power requirements.
An SMC client is in it self a very energy efficient client. Our initial estimations show that SMC clients can achieve as much as 33% power savings compared with your current PC’s. This coupled with the fact that SMC does not require a high power server backend makes SMC a very energy efficient solution.

SMC deliver high local video performance
One of the unique features of SMC's is that it delivers the application and end-user experience of a full function PC. A SMC client utilizes the ThinkCentre local video, audio, USB capabilities and as well as standard Windows drivers to support today’s requirement for rich media and graphic intensive applications .

Click the below links for a demonstration of graphic capability

Secure Manged Client (SMC): 3D Graphics
Secure Managed Client (SMC): Multi-Monitor Support
Secure Managed Client (SMC): Streaming Video
Secure Managed Client Solution Overview
The Lenovo Secure Managed Client (SMC) provides the experience and flexibility of a Windows PC. It uses unmodified, off-the-shelf, Windows applications, IT applications and PC add-ons. It coexists and integrates directly with existing IT, assets, process management and financial systems. It consists of a Client, storage array appliance and software stack. SMC also has redundancy, application virtualization and pristine single image add-on capabilities that maximize uptime and simplify patch management. For more information about add-on software capabilities please review the section called 'Add-on SMC Software Solutions'
The Client
The Secure Managed Client utilizes SMC compliant disk or disk-less ThinkCentre clients. The solution is also backwards compatible with ThinkCentre M58p and selected models of ThinkCentre M57p USFF. The ThinkCentre client comes with a Microsoft Windows license and the solution supports standard versions of Microsoft Windows Vista and XP, standard Windows applications as well as PC options designed to be used with the Lenovo ThinkCentre. To maximize the investment, the SMC client requires the following memory configuration:

  • Windows XP Pro SP 2 or higher system 1GB (Recommended 2 GB)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista system 2GB (Recommended 3GB)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Support planned for early 2010
The Storage Appliance
The Lenovo Storage Array is a network appliance specially designed and configured to be a turn key, easy to use and centrally managed. It is a cost effective storage solution for the SMC clients. One Lenovo Storage Array Appliance supports up to 150 concurrent users, which are centrally managed from the SMC management console regardless of SMC client or the storage array location. The storage array includes NAS capability and has six 1GB Ethernet ports. It comes in the three preconfigured configurations of 6, 9 or 12TB of raw data space.
Centralized Management Software
Lenovo's SMC Management Software is used to centrally manage and provision all SMC users, images and the Storage Array appliance. Lenovo's SMC Management Software can be used in conjunction with a customers existing PC Management software, or a customer can elect to use the Windows PC management features that come included with the SMC management console. The license for the software is available per client as a low cost subscription or standard purchase (with a separate support agreement).
Lenovo's SMC Management Software is available in these three configurations:
  • SMC Workgroup License
    This license includes tools for managing and provisioning SMC users, images and Lenovo Storage Array, as well as SMC agent less inventory, vPRO management, report generator and Storage Array alerts. It also includes an optional Windows PC Management feature offering the same functionality found in LANDesk Management Suite for ThinkVantage Technologies.
  • SMC Professional License (Recommended)
    This license has additional functionality that offers automated and timely application and OS patch management in addition to all functions included in the SMC Workgroup License above. These add-on functions are based on LANDesk patch management offering.
    More Information about LANDesk Patch Management
  • SMC Enterprise License
    This license is designed for customers that require additional enterprise functionality, over and above what is included in the SMC Professional License. It offers functionality for white/black list USB devices and applications, as well as tools for removal of malware and spyware.These add-on products are based on the LANDesk Security Suite.
    More Information about LANDesk Security Suite
Professional Services for SMC
Lenovo Professional Services are designed to help you realize your SMC cost savings and ROI faster and includes everything from assistance with SMC prototypes, to assistance with managing the complete deployment.
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Add-on SMC Software Solutions
Lenovo Analytics Manager
The Lenovo Analytics Manager delivers weekly reports that allow an IT organization the ability to measure application performance and end-user response times on a company level. The product is free to use on SMC and Lenovo PC clients; requires separate download and registration.
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Lenovo Power Analyzer
Lenovo Power Analyzer delivers central reports that allow a an IT organization the ability to monitor and better understand its overall power consumption of the ThinkCentre, ThinkPad or SMC device based. This tool highlights potential areas for power savings as well as battery status for all users using a Lenovo ThinkPads.The product is free to use on SMC and Lenovo PC clients; requires a separate download and registration.
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InteractES® for ThinkVantage® Technologies Module
InteractES® for ThinkVantage® Technologies helps you delivers an effective analysis of your IT environment from end-to-end including the client, server and the network. It also deliver dynamic trend information that can help you eliminate unnecessary IT spending, prepare for application and OS upgrade, and help you understand what you need to do to increase the windows and application experience for your end-user's. This software module can be used on Lenovo and non-Lenovo products. One license is required per client.
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StorTrends iTX Snapshot Assisted Replication Module
This software allows you to asynchronously replicate two or more Lenovo Storage Array appliances over a Local Area Network or Wide Area Network. One license is required per storage array appliance.
StorTrends iTX Sync Replication Module
This software allows you to synchronize/replicate two Lenovo Storage Arrays over a Local Area Network. This license is designed to be used in areas such as trading desks or other areas where data always needs to be 100% in sync. One license is required per storage array appliance.
StorTrends Kiosk/Pristine Boot Module
This software enables you to utilize the SMC pristine image capability as well as a single image. The pristine image eliminates contamination of an IT managed image by resetting the user’s image to a pristine state every time the SMC client is rebooted. Example of usage for this add-on is classrooms, public areas, help desk or task workers. A pristine image can be updated and controlled from the SMC management console. One license is required per storage array appliance.
LANDesk® Process Manager Module
LANDesk® Process Manager uses an interface that helps you create automated ITIL processes and best practices. The solution easily integrates compliance measures with your business processes. This software module can be used on Lenovo and non-Lenovo products.
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LANDesk® Application Virtualization Module
The LANDesk® Application Virtualization module is used to minimize the need for application patching. This software module are can be used on Lenovo and non-Lenovo products.
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Additional LANDesk® Software Designed for Lenovo
The LANDesk® Management Suite for ThinkVantage® Technologies, Lenovo ThinkManagement® Console, Lenovo ThinkServer EasyManage are software applications that are designed for Lenovo products.
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Additional Resources
Press Releases and Q&A
Lenovo SMC Press Release
Serden deliver a free Analytics Manager for SMC
StorTrends® iTX Data Storage, from AMI, a key component of SMC
Analyst Reviews
Analysts: Lenovo's Secure Managed Client Solution Breaks New Ground
Exploring the PC Future: Lenovo Ditches Hard Drive
The Coming Desktop Revolution?
Desktop alternatives for secure managed PCs
Diskless Wonder: Lenovo boots from the SAN
Case Study and White Papers
SMC Solution White Paper
SMC Technical White Paper
ThinkCentre M58p White paper
KG SMC Case Study
Additional Information
SMC Data Sheet > Point to PC Ref SMC data sheet
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