You may have heard that on November 4, we announced a partnership and OEM agreement with Nutanix. Today, at the Gartner Data Center Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas, we announced our first in a line of Lenovo hyperconverged appliances featuring Nutanix software. You can visit the Lenovo news site to read the full press release. While I’ve been in product marketing for converged/hyperconverged for more than four years, I only recently joined Lenovo. With the Nutanix partnership in place, and other innovations underway, it’s a super-exciting time for me to be part of this company. In fact just last week, Lenovo was named one of the top 50 most innovative companies in the world.
I’m thrilled to be able to tell you about our new hyperconverged systems. Typical data centers have multiple generations of servers, operating systems, storage and hypervisors. In my role, I speak with many IT managers. I continually hear that they are struggling to juggle complex projects while at the same time, maintaining legacy hardware and software. Implementing a next-generation hyperconverged appliance can substantially reduce this complexity—significantly decreasing their time to value.
Customers that have implemented Nutanix appliances have achieved amazing total cost of ownership savings and a quick return on investment. This is one of the reasons we chose to partner with Nutanix. Add Lenovo infrastructure to the mix and together with Nutanix software, we are delivering a hyperconverged appliance—with centralized software management for shared resources—that is extremely reliability. In case you missed it, a recent study by ITIC found that Lenovo System x servers are more reliable and averaged the lowest percentage of server outages compared to HP ProLiant and Integrity servers, Dell PowerEdge, Oracle x86 and SPARC hardware platforms.
Three models of the Lenovo-Nutanix appliance will be available and can be tailored to application infrastructure:
- Lenovo Converged HX3500 is optimized for VDI and smaller virtualization workloads including email, file & print, web server, middleware, light database and remote/branch office environments.
- Lenovo Converged HX5500 is optimized for server virtualization workloads with larger capacity requirements including Hadoop big data, file servers, on-cluster backups, Splunk and centralized disaster recovery for remote/branch office environments.
- Lenovo Converged HX7500 is optimized for databases and other I/O-intensive workloads, including Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Oracle RAC environments.
The Lenovo Converged HX Series is easy to deploy with compute, storage and management integrated on a single node. It enables you to simplify your data center infrastructure and pool resources for maximum efficiency. Starting with just three nodes The Lenovo Converged HX Series can scale as your business needs grow.
For more information visit our Lenovo-Nutanix web page and keep an eye open for more exciting news from Lenovo regarding hyperconverged systems.