Lenovo tightens ThinkPad security features

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo, which bought IBM’s PC division, including the highly regarded ThinkPad notebooks, has updated its range of security-based technologies. The move is aimed at its blue chip base of customers.

The ThinkVantage Technologies announcement includes updates to Rescue & Recovery, Client Security Solution, System Migration Assistant, ThinkVantage System Update, and ImageUltra Builder.

Among the new features introduced with the ThinkVantage technologies are better restore capabilities, single-instance storage that keeps only the most recent copy of large files, and a backup analyser that helps users choose which files to keep to reduce back up sizes.

Lenovo says it will also offer direct service and support for drivers, software, and BIOS updates, full integration into a customer’s PC management system and connection to the company’s inventory management system. Finally, users can gain access to their login details without having to bother the IT department quite so much.

Lenovo has also introduced a new management suite for ThinkVantage Technologies based on its LANDesk technology, which will provide access to the ThinkVantage Technologies themselves. The new system supports security management solutions for IT departments.

In addition, to aid the deployment and management of the technologies by IT departments, Lenovo is providing ThinkPlus Service, which will focus on support and assistance.

Lenovo’s announcement comes only days after IBM ThinkPad’s former owners announced its own security and back up for notebooks out of its Tivoli subsidiary. Clearly, although IBM has sold the hardware to the Chinese, it clearly expects to keep the service and support to itself.

Equally, Lenovo considers that it sees its future in providing full life cycle support for its newly acquired customers in some of the world’s largest companies.

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