Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) has launched a range of new hyperconverged systems in collaboration with Nutanix, Microsoft and VMware. The new systems make it possible to deliver virtual desktop environments in larger numbers, better integrate with Azure Stack HCI or provide a better platform for SAP HANA.
By partnering with the various HCI and cloud parties, Lenovo DCG aims to enable customers to respond even more effectively to the increased demand for remote working. This also means an increased demand for a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). The hyperconverged propositions that have now been released in collaboration with the three partners are in line with this.
AMD processors with Nutanix
The partnership with Nutanix includes a new Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series hyperconverged system. The system, available in five variations, is suitable for light, medium, compute-heavy, storage-heavy and performance-heavy workloads. The application consists of storage, computing power and Nutanix’ virtualization platform in a 1U form factor. It is the first time that Lenovo and Nutanix are bringing a system equipped with AMD processors to the market. In this case, the latest generation of AMD EPYC processors.
The new ThinkAgile HX Series system should enable customers to run virtual desktop workloads with 50 percent fewer servers without sacrificing performance. In addition to the processors, there are two GPUs per unit and 45 percent more memory bandwidth available, according to Lenovo DCG. The system is due to be launched as an appliance or node at the end of November.
Attention to Azure Stack HCI
The partnership with Microsoft is all about optimizing HCI access to Azure and the use of the various Azure services. To this end, two ThinkAgile MX Azure Stack HCI Edge and Data Center systems are now being introduced. One system has been developed for the data center, the ThinkAgile MX. The other system, the Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 Azure Stack HCI system, focuses more on office locations and edge locations. The latter system needs to bring Azure Stack HCI to the edge of the network, according to Lenovo DCG and Microsoft.
Both systems should ensure that customers can easily deploy Azure Stack HCI, easily manage the entire environment and leverage the scalability of Azure services. The ThinkAgile MX includes a simplified lifecycle management console and expansion capabilities. Together, Lenovo DCG wants to offer Azure Stack HCI and Azure Stack Hub through a consumption model.
Specific solutions for SAP HANA
With VMware, Lenovo DCG offers four ThinkAgile VX HCI Solutions systems that focus on optimal performance and reliability for SAP HANA databases. The VMware vSAN-based 4S-node systems offer a doubled SAP HANA database memory and direct connect NVMe storage.
The lifecycle management of the Lenovo VMware vSAN systems is performed using the Lenovo XClarity software and VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager tool. According to both parties, these systems should be available later this month.