Lenovo X6 and VMware vSphere 6: Go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly for Enterprise Applications


Most of the things we use in our life are connected, and those things usually get better when we combine them with other things whether it is food, clothes or apps! The same is true for data center technology where no one technology alone can solve a customer problem. Technologies have to work together to deliver business value. The System x X6 scalable servers from Lenovo and the new VMware vSphere 6.0 are two technologies that are a perfect complement to advance and lower the cost for demanding enterprise applications. 

Launched in 2014, System x X6 servers deliver high levels of enterprise computing to transform how traditional enterprise applications are deployed. With high reliability, leadership performance and scalability up to 12TB of memory, X6 was a step function change in capability to host new and legacy workloads such as OLTP databases and ERP applications. 

For many customers, however, the gate to deploying core business applications on x86 technology was the need for a scalable virtualization platform that could support the larger application image size. Solving this been a core requirement as described in this IDC video on virtualization.


The enterprise IT world has shifted again with the launch of VMware’s new vSphere 6.0. vSphere 6.0 is the virtualization platform that customers have been waiting for to revolutionize the way they deploy large enterprise workloads. vSphere 6.0 has a range of new capabilities that when combined with System x X6 hardware from Lenovo will change how enterprise workloads are deployed and managed. 

X6 and vSphere 6.0, together change the game for enterprise applications

The new vSphere ESXi 6.0 supports at the system level up to 480 logical CPUs (cores/threads in a system) and up to 12TB of system RAM, so it can now take full advantage of the unique scale-up design of Lenovo X6 servers. 

In addition, ESXi 6.0’s new virtual machine support for 128 virtual CPUs and 4TB of RAM delivers the ability to virtualize large workload images that were previously not possible on a virtualized x86 servers. Now on one server you can virtualize multiple application images of up to 4TB each.

What does this mean for enterprise customers? Before vSphere 6.0 customers could deploy large single images on X6 without virtualization to get great performance but with limited flexibility or application management. NOW customers can virtualize multiple demanding, multi-terabyte workloads, such as database, analytics and ERP, on clusters of X6. This allows administrators to manage and actively migrate workloads to achieve outstanding performance, and increased uptime and manageability.  For example if an X6 system needs updating the application or database can be migrated to another X6 in the cluster to update the primary system with no application downtime. 

Lenovo has worked closely with VMware to deliver the ability to virtualize enterprise class workloads. X6 and vSphere 6.0 go great together to deliver customers a new level of infrastructure efficiency while maximizing uptime.

To learn more about the Lenovo X6 family of servers, visit our web site. To learn what’s new in VMware vSphere 6.0 read this white paper. Also check out the IDC white paper Lenovo and VMware Partner to Enable the Last Mile in Your Virtualization Journey: a brief overview of the IDC last Mile.

About the Author

Stuart McRae, is the Director of Server Product Marketing for Lenovo’s Enterprise server platforms. Follow Stuart on twitter and LinkedIn.


Original art by Kathy Holoman, February 2015