At VMworld 2017 Lenovo announced a new hyper-converged family. The Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is a pre-configured hyper-converged infrastructure solution powered by VMware vSAN. VMware has been working with major OEMs, such as Lenovo, to provide an appliance model for vSAN and hyper-converged offerings based on VMware architecture.
As one would expect, all of the new Lenovo ThinkAgile VX series servers are built with the newest Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Family CPUs. You can find STH’s full coverage of the new series at Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Family (Skylake-SP) Launch Coverage Central. Aside from the higher core counts and new naming, the new Intel Xeon Scalable Processor family also sports generational speed improvements that we explored in Intel Xeon Bronze 3104 v E5-2603 V3 and V4 Three Generations Compared.
Excerpts from the Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series Press Release
Here are some of the impactful excerpts from the Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series press release:
Lenovo’s ThinkAgile VX Series platform can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments and enterprise applications. To meet the variety of workload requirements and customer specifications, the VX Series is available in three models and offers full configure-to-order flexibility to meet any customer requirement. All systems are available in either all-flash or hybrid configurations:
- VX 3000 Series: General-purpose 1U and 2U 1-node solutions optimized for compute-heavy applications, such as VDI.
- VX 5000 Series: Storage-dense 2U 1-node solutions optimized for fast, high-capacity storage applications such as email, big data, and analytics.
- VX 7000 Series: 2U 1-node solutions optimized for the highest-performance workloads, such as databases and collaboration.
Lenovo is also now certified to offer VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) ReadyNodes, which brings together VMware’s vSphere, vSAN, and NSX virtualization into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on-premises or run as-a-service from the public cloud. Lenovo’s VCF ReadyNodes are also built on a ThinkSystem infrastructure that currently holds 42 leadership performance benchmarks.
Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series Availability
The Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series for VMware vSAN will be available starting November 17, 2017.