What’s New in the World of the Converged

This week, we announced the availability of the Lenovo Converged HX Series Nutanix Appliance, which greatly simplifies the deployment and management of commonly used data center workloads. It combines the well-known value and reliability of Lenovo servers with the invisible converged infrastructure from Nutanix.

The Lenovo Converged HX Series is simple to deploy. With compute, storage and virtualization co-located on a single node, the Lenovo Converged HX Series enables businesses to dramatically simplify their infrastructure and pool resources into a single virtual structure for more efficient utilization and management. Plus, it scales rapidly to meet the growing needs of SMB and enterprise IT departments.

Currently there are three HX Series appliances available to support configurations designed to address popular workloads:

  1. The Lenovo Converged HX7500 is perfect for high-performance workloads such as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and databases such as Microsoft SQL Server. This performance is enabled by higher-end processors, four SSDs to support larger workloads and 20 2.5-inch HDDs.
  2. The Lenovo Converged HX5500 is well suited for storage-heavy workloads such as file servers, Splunk and data center backups. This strong storage platform is enabled by cost-effective 3.5-inch HDDs that include three different capacity options of 12TB, 24TB and 36TB.
  3. The Lenovo Converged HX3500 is ideal for deployments focused on compute-heavy environments, and features a strong mix of two SSDs and six 2.5-inch HDDs to support generalized virtualization workloads such as web servers and VDI.

These three HX Series appliances can be employed for a broad range of workloads. The following five HX Series workloads are addressed in detail in a Lenovo reference architecture that will be published in the near future on lenovopress.com.

Microsoft SQL Server

The Lenovo Converged HX7500 delivers a turnkey infrastructure solution for Microsoft applications. It enables businesses to run Microsoft SQL Server alongside other virtualized applications and benefit from higher performance and scalability. Most useful, its unique configuration facilitates starting small and scaling databases as needs grow, but without the concessions of traditional infrastructure. This right-sized approach to supporting workloads is great for reducing risk and capital expenditures. Nice.

SAP NetWeaver

If you are upgrading existing infrastructure or deploying new environments, the Lenovo Converged HX7500 provides an invisible infrastructure that is the ideal certified solution for virtualized SAP and associated database landscapes. It brings the benefits and economics of web-scale technologies to SAP landscapes large and small. With its business application focus, SAP NetWeaver is the ideal candidate for virtualization in a private cloud environment to enable rapid performance and data growth, consolidation of data center footprint and predictable licensing costs.

Microsoft Exchange

As we all know, email has become one of the fastest growing critical workloads in today’s information-rich organizations. Microsoft Exchange deployments are now considered to be mission critical, requiring careful planning, deployment and management to ensure high performance, availability and easy scalability. With the Lenovo Converged HX7500, IT managers can deliver highly scalable and responsive Microsoft Exchange services with large mailboxes—without the excessive costs and complexity of traditional shared SAN and NAS storage systems.

VMware Horizon

Whether you are planning to deploy virtual desktops, or virtualize end-user applications, Lenovo can help them succeed. Using the Lenovo Converged HX3500 and VMware Horizon, an excellent experience can be delivered for a diverse mix of users spread across different locations. This finally removes a major hurdle facing most VDI projects today—taking desktop and application virtualization from the limited pilot deployments for a select few users to production, where it is expected to handle up to a thousand times more users, while maintaining an excellent user experience.  This is real value.

Citrix XenDesktop

Finally, using the Lenovo Converged HX3500 running Citrix XenDesktop enables businesses to deliver an excellent end-user experience for a diverse mix of users spread across different locations. This capability scales from hundreds to tens of thousands of end users, and enables IT managers to accelerate the desktop virtualization journey with Lenovo, Nutanix and Citrix. It also gets vital business workloads up and started in a fraction of the time without the upfront cost and allows you to seamlessly scale infrastructure as needed.

Is the Lenovo Converged HX Series Nutanix Appliance right for you and your business? Find out by contacting your Lenovo representative or Business Partner or visiting our Lenovo-Nutanix web site