Lenovo data centre announces new HCI, cloud service solutions

Lenovo data centre announces new HCI, cloud service solutions
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22 Sep, 2020

Lenovo’s Data Center Group (DCG) on Monday launched a range of new and updated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions and cloud services, according to a statement from the consumer electronics maker.

As remote work becomes the new normal, Lenovo’s hyperconverged infrastructure solutions operate in partnership with HCI sellers Nutanix, Microsoft and VMWare, and expand software-defined systems management capabilities with Lenovo XClarity, the statement said.

Lenovo’s new cloud services, the statement added, aim to enable organisations and employees to accelerate their transformation in the new, smarter normal.

XClarity is a hardware systems management application that enables administrators to deploy infrastructure. The application integrates with Lenovo servers, Flex System, RackSwitch networking and S Series storage.

“We offer a large breadth of agile and preconfigured edge-to-hybrid cloud solutions in partnership with leading HCI providers that enable customers to harness the flexibility, scalability and economics of the cloud. To help with this transition, customers can leverage our design workshops with our expert solution engineers at no obligation,” Kamran Amini, vice president and general manager of the DCG server, storage and software defined infrastructure, said.

The new suite of products include ThinkAgile HX, powered by semiconductor maker AMD EPYC processors, and Nutanix. It is expected to be available in late November.

In partnership with Microsoft, subscription-based Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Azure Stack HCI Edge, which the statement said will provide for easy deployment, management and scalability of Azure services from edge-to-core-to-cloud, was also a part of the new solutions.

In collaboration with VMWare, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX HCI solutions, as per the statement, improve agility and reliability for SAP HANA database deployments and will be available late September. Lenovo XClarity is the management console for Lenovo ThinkAgile HCI solutions.

The currently available technology in the newly unveiled suite of solutions include Lenovo OEM ON DEMAND programme that enables independent software vendor partners to offer turnkey, integrated IT infrastructure solutions to market through their respective brands. 

“Lenovo provides the open, reliable and secure ThinkSystem platform coupled with their deep engineering, manufacturing and supply chain expertise to integrate and deliver these solutions on behalf of the ISV,” the statement said.

Built on Lenovo's acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business in 2014, DCG offers both hardware and software services, with a focus on edge computing and internet of things (IoT) solutions.