THINKLAB LAUNCH – NUS, 25 May 2007
COVERAGE (as at 5 June 2007)
The Business Times Online: Lenovo, NUS Set Up Computer Lab
28th May 2007
CHINA-BASED computer maker Lenovo has joined hands with the National University of Singapore to set up a new PC lab. To be located at the NUS computer centre, the facility is equipped with 100 Lenovo Thinkcentre A60 desktops and it is open to all NUS staff and students. These computers will incorporate Lenovo's ThinkVantage tools for quick access to functions like data protection and system recovery.
Public Sector Technology & Management : National University of Singapore launch ThinkLab
28th May 2007
PC lab to enhance productivity with ThinkCentre desktops and innovative ThinkVantage productivity tools
The National University of Singapore (NUS) announced the launch of ThinkLab – a new PC lab at the National University of Singapore’s Computer Centre.
Equipped with more than 100 Lenovo ThinkCentre A60 desktops powered by AMD processors, the lab is sponsored by Lenovo in partnership with AMD Far East Ltd and Jardine OneSolutions (2001) Pte Ltd.
The desktops at the ThinkLab will feature Lenovo’s innovative ThinkVantage Technologies – a suite of award-winning software tools aimed at increasing user uptime with easier maintenance and self-help features.
“Lenovo is our trusted IT partner in this joint initiative and we appreciate their contributions in enhancing the university’s IT infrastructure with ThinkLab. Most importantly, its innovative self-help features will decrease the need for on-site support – thus reducing total cost of ownership and enhancing user productivity. This is crucial especially for academic institution where our desktop PCs are located all over the campus”, said Tommy Hor, Director, Computer Centre.
The ThinkLab will be available for use by all NUS students and staff. Its aim: to enhance daily work, productivity and their learning experience.
Lenovo’s ThinkVantage Technologies have helped organizations realize cost and time savings by providing exceptional performance on the applications that customers use most.
The Lenovo ThinkCentre A60s at the NUS ThinkLab will deliver mainstream enterprise features such as dual-core processing, improved virus protection, and recovery tools as well as optimized desktop solutions that allow for fast, easy downloading and data processing resulting in time savings and increased productivity.
ThinkVantage features self-help tools such as Rescue & Recovery that allows users to easily backup or recover important files, folders, directories and hard disks.
These Rescue & Recovery tools also enable the PCs at ThinkLab to recover from virus or software crashes, even if the primary operating system fails to boot as users can quickly access a set of self-recovery tools that help diagnose the problem, and get the PC restarted.
“Lenovo designs its ThinkCentre Desktops to maximize productivity while minimizing cost,” said Dion Weisler, Vice President and General Manager, Lenovo ASEAN. “By continually making our desktops more reliable, easy to use, and maintain, we hope to provide NUS the tools to increase student and staff productivity, as well as enhance the learning experience.”
Managing a fleet of ThinkCentre A60 desktops is made easier with the System Migration Assistant which quickly transfers user-specific data and settings from one desktop to another. This is a core requirement for an environment such as ThinkLab where the desktops will be a common resource that will be shared across all NUS students and staff.
“AMD is pleased to be part of this initiative to provide computing resources to the student population in NUS,” said Bryan Low, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, South Asia, AMD. “I am confident that our award-winning AMD 64-bit technology will allow schools to reduce operational costs and provide interactive learning environments that lead to greater student/teacher communication.
SDA Asia : Lenovo ThinkLab Launched in Local Singapore University
5th June 2007
The next time students and staff using computers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) face a catastrophic PC failure, they will no longer have to deal with spending hours stuck on help-desk calls and waiting for on-site visits to get their problems fixed.
This is thanks to new ThinkLab PC center- a joint initiative by Lenovo and NUS. Situated at the NUS Computer Center, ThinkLab is equipped with some 100 Lenovo ThinkCenter A60 desktops which are powered by AMD processors and feature Lenovo’s ThinkVantage Technologies.
ThinkVantage is a suite of software tools aimed at increasing user uptime with easier maintenance and self-help features. It is designed to make PCs self-healing, self-managing, self-optimizing and self-protecting and addresses almost every issue that can become a “pain point” for users in personal computing. Some of the technologies in ThinkVantage include, Secure Data Disposal, System Update, System Migration Assistant, Active Protection System, Access Connections and Rescue and Recovery.
The NUS ThinkLab features two ThinkVantage capabilities in its desktops. The first one is the Rescue and Recovery tool that allows users to easily backup or recover important files, folders, directories and hard disks. This solution will enable the PCs at ThinkLab to recover from virus or software crashes, even if the primary operating system fails to boot as users can quickly access a set of self-recovery tools that help diagnose the problem and get the PC re-started.
With just a click of a button, the software solution creates an entirely new environment for system recovery with an entirely separate enhanced support operating system. Using this “pre-boot” environment, users can perform numerous tasks, even if the operating system has become corrupt.
Rescue and Recovery will empower PCs to self recover all types of files including pictures and MP3s. Recovery time is dependant on how much of data is in the system at the time of the crash. A typical rescue and recovery situation was demonstrated to guests and press at the launch of the ThinkLab. Although the steps taken to execute a successful rescue and recovery situation seemed simple and straightforward enough, the time taken for the actual system to recover seemed to take awhile. The demonstration which showed the recovery of a PC with just an operating system corruption apparently takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
NUS believes that ThinkLab is a huge step forward as it will solve problems for both the users and the IT department. Users will be less dependant on the IT department to solve operational concerns and as a result IT will have to deal with fewer help desk calls and on-site visits, freeing both parties to focus on more important activities and subsequently improving user productivity and reducing cost.
“Its [Lenovo] innovation self-help features will decrease the need for on-site support- thus reducing total cost of ownership and enhancing user productivity. This is crucial especially for academic institution where our desktops PCs are located all over the campus,” said Tommy Hor, Director, Computer Centre.
Another ThinkVantage tool that will be featured in NUS ThinkLab desktops is the System Migration Assistant. This solution will make managing a fleet of ThinkCenter A60 desktops easier, quickly transferring user-specific data and settings from one desktop to another. Such a capability is seen as a core requirement for an environment such as ThinkLab where the PCs will be a common resource, shared amongst NUS students and staff.
“By continually making our desktops more reliable, easy to use and maintain, we hope to provide NUS the tools to increase student and staff productivity, as well as enhance the learning experience,” said Dion Weisler, vice president and general manager of Lenovo ASEAN.
Mr. Hor told SDA Asia that for every new Lenovo PC installed in ThinkLab, NUS looks to enjoy approximately SGD 700 in operational cost reduction, which translates to about 10- 20 percent in annual cost savings.
NUS plans to closely monitor the return on investment of ThinkLab and if deemed favorable there may be plans to open more around the campus.
Lenovos’ ThinkVantage technologies have been used by enterprises for many years now and NUS’s ThinkLab initiative is one of the new consumer areas that ThinkVantage is branching out to.
Youth.sg : At the Cutting Edge of Technology, the Thinklab is launched
28th May 2007
When Mr.Dion Weisler, Vice President and General Manger of Lenovo ASEAN, said “education empowers” he must have meant two things—that education empowers one, and that education is empowered by technology—whose latest offering is none other ThinkLab, the new PC lab at The National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Computer Centre.
Thanks to generous sponsors Lenovo, AMD Far East Ltd and Jardine One Solutions, the ThinkLab is impressively equipped with more than 100 Lenovo ThinkCentre A60 desktops--all powered by AMD processors and built to enhance the work and learning experiences of the fortunate staff and students of the university.
At the official opening of ThinkLab on May 25, 2007 in NUS, attendees were invited to enter, and use the lab. Like all computer labs, the ThinkLab is arranged into neat rows of equally spaced terminals. Unlike usual working labs however, this one is aesthetically pleasing and at the same time reassuringly modern. Glass panels are substituted for walls, making the lab appear open and modish, while wood-finish table tops and steel partitions between work terminals achieve a pleasant balance of user privacy and workspace sharing. On top of combining professionalism with aesthetics, the fleet of all matt black desktop computers also reminds one that one is at the very cutting edge of technology.
With a framework so thoughtfully set up, the ThinkLab only needs soft and hardware content to complete its infrastructure. Attendees were thus introduced ThinkLab’s ThinkVantage Technologies through a presentation very much like a ThinkLab101 crash course.
It was a crash course indeed—one that involved the blue screen. For the uninitiated, a blue screen is a terrifying thing that jumps out at you when the system encounters a hardware problem, data inconsistency, or similar error. Sometimes also called "the blue screen of death", it is often more than an error prompt--It could well be a viral attack that destroys life, especially if one’s life depended upon one’s computer.
Horrible thoughts aside, ThinkVantage Technologies is a heroic suite of software that saves computer systems, and sometimes lives. There is one important feature known as Rescue and Recovery, a self-help tool that allows users to backup or recover important files, folders, directories and hard disks. This function even allows one to recover from virus or software crashes, making it truly a superhero tool.
Apart from the medic superheroes, the ThinkLab is also partly run by something called the System Migration Assistant, a manager-like feature that transfers user-specific data and settings from one desktop to another. Because the ThinkLab is a shared environment and one in which desktops are common resources, such a feature necessarily becomes a core requirement.
All in all, the lab looks geared up to serve NUS well. As Mr. Tommy Hor. Director of the NUS Computer Centre confidently says, "Lenovo is our trusted IT partner in this joint initiative and we appreciate their contributions in enhancing the university's IT infrastructure with ThinkLab. Most importantly, its innovative self-help features will decrease the need for on-site support--thus reducing total cost of ownership and enhancing user productivity. This is crucial especially for academic institution where our desktop PCs are located all over the campus."
The press release was also posted on the VR-Zone website at http://sg.vr-zone.com/?i=4997