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Secure Managed Client
Lenovo's Secure Managed Client (SMC) delivers a superior end-user, business and IT experience compared to other alternative client solutions. It utilizes a ThinkCentre® client with INTEL® vPRO Technology, a Lenovo co-developed software stack and an Intel powered Lenovo Storage Array Appliance. Although SMC delivers all the benefits of an alternative client solution, including free seating, redundancy and single image capability, it accomplishes this without sacrificing end-user experience, graphics performance or the number of desktop options available.

SMC offers a wide array of functionaily and software add-ons and can be deployed to departments or rolled out company wide. It is designed to 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. This storage based solution offers capabilities for single image, process management, help desk intergation, improved asset tracking, service level monitoring, printer usage monitoring, redundancy, and image mantanance, to mention just a few. The built-in, IT-oriented, business reports deliver weekly company-wide reports on end-user experience, client, network and printing performance.

For an overview and short demonstration of Lenovo's Secure Managed Client superior end-user, business and IT experience compared to other alternative client solutions, please review the video clips below:

The SMC Video Experience
SMC Key Strengths vs. Alternative Client Solutions
Although Lenovo's Secure Managed Client is an alternative client solution, it does not inherit the limitations of similar solutions. From the end user perspective, the SMC client provides a full PC experience, but from a C-Level perspective, it 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 purchase price,
  2. The need for centralization in the DataCenter,
  3. Unique processes, images 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 PC should be
  5. Ultimately, achieving real savings.
SMC's architecture overcomes the above hurdles and is different than all of the other solutions in the area of centralized computing. SMC is designed around storage consolidation and is essentially a PC with remote storage. As a result,
  1. Initial purchase price is consistent with the purchase cost of a comparable PC. While the other solutions are consistently more than an existing PC and therefore rely upon the promise of TCO reduction in future years to 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 reprovision the management software.
  2. At SMC's storage centralization core is the Lenovo Storaeg Array Appliance which does not require raised floor or special cooling; and therefore does not have to be located in the Datacenter, it is still recommended to be kept in a 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, a PC with remote storage creates the same user experience. All applications such as VoIP, multimedia, full motion video, AeroGlass, etc. work as they do on a normal PC. 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.) are more easily achieved with SMC. Due to its equal or lower purchase price than a standard PC, combined with the fact that SMC existing IT infrastructure and processes (image/application creation and management).
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 audio requirements, video formats and compatibility with their peripheral devices.

SMC avoids IT complexity.
From an IT experience perspective SMC is uncomplicated and supports established IT processed and therefore minimize the complexity, 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. In addition 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. Furthermore the SMC client can be reused as a standard desktop, further extending its flexibility when compared to other solutions.

SMC has lowest power requirements.
An SMC client is in it self a very energy efficient client. Our initial estimations show that SMC clients use about 33% less power than a standard green ThinkCentre vPro desktop. This coupled with the fact that SMC does not require a high power server backend makes SMC a very energy efficient solution.

SMC deliver highest 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 capabilities and the standard Windows video drivers to support graphic intensive applications and Windows built in video functionality. This gives SMC the highest video performance in the Alternative Desktop category.

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 and 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 ThinkCentre M58p client which come with 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 M58p.

To maximize the investment, the SMC client requires the following memory configuration:
  • Windows XP system 1GB (Recommended 2GB)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista system 2GB (Recommended 3GB)
storage array
The Storage
The Lenovo Storage Array is a network appliance specially designed and configured to be a cost effective storage solution for the SMC clients. One Lenovo Storage Array supports up to 100 concurrent users, which are centrally managed from the SMC management console regardless of SMC client location.

The storage array has six 1GB Ethernet ports and comes in the following three configurations:
  • 6, 9 or 12TB of raw data space
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Centralized Management Software
Lenovo's SMC Management Software is used to centrally manage 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 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 3 configurations:
  • SMC Workgroup License
    Includes tools for managing SMC users, images and Lenovo Storage Array Provisioning, as well as SMC inventory, vPRO management, report generator and Storage Array alerts. It also includes an optional SMC Windows Management feature using similar technology found in LANDesk Management Suite for ThinkVantage Technologies.
  • SMC Professional License (Recommended)
    Includes application and OS patch management and workflow automation in addition to all functions included in the SMC Workgroup Licence. The workflow processes are designed to minimize the efforts needed for a number of common management tasks such as patch management and end-user provisioning, to name just a few.
  • SMC Enterprise License
    Includes the SMC Professional functionality and additional network, application and port management based on the LANDesk Security Suite. This includes the capability to white/black list USB devices and applications, as well as tools for removal of malware.
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
Lenovo Analytics Manager
The Lenovo Analytics Manager includes reports that allow customers 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
Lenovo Power Analyzer are central reports that allow a customer to monitor the power consumption of the ThinkCentre, ThinkPad or SMC device based on end-user behavior. The product is free to use on SMC and Lenovo PC clients; Requires a separate download and registration.
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StorTrends iTX Snapshot Assisted Replication Module
This software allows you to asyncronously replicate two or more Lenovo Storage Array appliances over a Local Area Network or Wide Area Network. One licence is required per pair of storage arrays.
StorTrends iTX Sync Replication Module
This software allows you to synchronize/replicate two Lenovo Storage Arrays over a Local Area Network. One licence is required per pair of storage arrays.
StorTrends Kiosk/Pristine Boot
This software enables you to use single, as well as Pristine (Kiosk mode), image capabilities on the Lenovo Storage Array Appliance.
LANDesk® Process Manager
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.
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LANDesk® Application Virtualization
The LANDesk® Management Suite for ThinkVantage® Technologies, Lenovo ThinkManagement® Console, and Lenovo ThinkServer EasyManage are software applications that are designed for 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
SMC Question and Answers
Analyst Reviews
Analysts: Lenovo's Secure Managed Client Solution Breaks New Ground
The Coming Desktop Revolution?
Desktop alternatives for secure managed PCs
White Papers
  SMC Solution White Paper
SMC Technical White Paper
ThinkCentre M58p White paper
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SMC Tour
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