There are significant, paradigm shifts happening in data centers. As IT continues to evolve, we’ve seen a move away from expensive, “big iron” to more affordable server options. This provides significant hardware savings, but also increases management complexity. And most, if not all, of the major IT advances over the past years have been about simplifying that management workload.
Cloud is all about simplicity. The simplicity of a user self-service portal with advanced features such as deployment and provisioning, backups, fault tolerance, elasticity, scalability and resiliency. The simplicity and agility of the cloud model is driving the desire to migrate to public cloud – but not all data center workloads will benefit from moving to public cloud. Data center customers running enterprise workloads have several parameters ranging from security, to multi tenancy, and Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that restrict this move to public cloud. For sensitive IT applications, it is possible to build up a cloud, or cloud-like environment, but typically this requires significant effort to both stand up and then maintain the environment.
The move toward the cloud is propelling a shift towards a software-defined infrastructure model, where technologies like Hyperconverged, Software Defined Storage, Software Defined Networking, and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) have made it possible to simplify the deployment and management of the infrastructure layer running on industry-standard x86 hardware. The simplicity of a software-defined infrastructure model makes it ideal for hosting Cloud solutions – both private and hybrid.
Today, Lenovo is introducing the ThinkAgile portfolio. Lenovo ThinkAgile offerings are designed to leverage the software-defined model, working with key partners like Microsoft, Nutanix and VMWare. Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack is the perfect solution for hybrid and private cloud deployments because it enables the ease-of-use and lifecycle management of cloud for enterprise clients. Lenovo has a history of joint innovation with Microsoft. This cloud solution has been co-engineered with Microsoft, bringing the power and convenience of Microsoft’s Azure Stack on industry’s most reliable infrastructure. Lenovo XClarity, with its open APIs, enables hardware management, and is preloaded and integrated into existing hardware management infrastructures such as Microsoft System Center or Nagios. Microsoft’s Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is used to manage the resources, ensuring resource availability, resiliency and a positive end-user experience.
Lenovo ThinkAgile SXM for Microsoft Azure Stack is a fully-integrated, rack scale solution that utilizes Lenovo servers and networking offerings. These Lenovo offerings are pre–integrated and pre-provisioned from the Lenovo factory, leveraging our best-in-class supply chain. While pre-integration from factory makes deployment simple, Lenovo also includes onsite deployment and single point of support through ThinkAgile Advantage to take the hassle out of ongoing management and support.
Learn more about Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack here.