Lenovo has launched three new ThinkAgile VX Series products powered by VMware vSAN™. These new offerings assemble important HCI building blocks that will drive modern data center design. Lenovo is taking big steps to address the top concerns of enterprise buyers looking to deploy HCI.
High-Reliability Lenovo Servers For Enterprise HCI
The VX Series is built on Lenovo ThinkSystem™ servers that have been recognized for both reliability and performance. The new platforms are pre-installed, pre-configured, and pre-tested with VMware vSAN and feature the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor Family.
The new Lenovo models are sized for large enterprise, medium business, and smaller remote office users:
- The VX3720 is an innovative design that offers four-nodes in a 2U form factor and is ideal for space-constrained data centers and remote locations
- The VX3520-G includes a GPU for graphics-intensive Virtual Desktop environments
- The VX2320 is designed for retail and branch office environments and is also suitable for distributed edge deployments for internet of things applications
A Full-Stack HCI Solution Anticipates the Cloud
The definition of HCI has expanded broadly over the past year to include virtual compute, storage, and networking resources under unified management. Lenovo has responded with a full product family powered by VMware that provides easy upgrades to the full software-defined data center and helps customers anticipate the use of a full SDDC stack.
Lenovo allows customers to start with the ThinkAgile VX pre-loaded form factor and then upgrade over time with additional VMware NSX or vRealize components. Alternatively, customers can start immediately with Lenovo VCF ReadyNodes that include the full VMware SDDC stack along with the unique VMware SDDC Manager for life cycle management.
Lenovo ThinkAgile Advantage
The Lenovo ThinkAgile value proposition starts with simplified Day 1 operations with skilled support personnel that complete your HCI deployment. ThinkAgile Advantage services also include a single point of support for VX series along with onsite repair, if ever needed. In fact, a recent IDC Survey of HCI users identified customer support as the leading HCI buying characteristic:
Source: IDC, 2016 Survey of Hyperconverged Users: Learning How Real-World Deployments Are Impacting Today’s IT Departments, doc #US41963316, November 2016.
Day 2 operations is becoming an important differentiator for customers as HCI makes its way into more enterprise environments. In addition, the new Lenovo VX Series pre-loads the latest VMware vSAN 6.6 software that includes powerful Day 2 operational tools including advanced monitoring, telemetry, and artificial intelligence applied to user configurations through the VMware Analytics Cloud.
For customers ranging from government to education to healthcare, these new Lenovo offerings provide a clear path for IT leaders looking to transform the data center from a cost center to a center of innovation and value.
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