August 28th, 2017 by Adam Armstrong
Lenovo Announces ThinkAgile VX Powered By VMware vSAN
Today at VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas, Lenovo announced its preconfigured hyper-converged infrastructure solution engineered to provide businesses of all sizes with simplified management and greater efficiency, the ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN. The VX Series expands on the ThinkAgile series announced earlier this year. As the name implies, ThinkAgile enables customers to be agile as they adapt to modern IT infrastructure.
The VX Series is a pre-integrated, pre-configured hyper-converged solution built off of Lenovo ThinkSystem platforms and powered by Intel Xeon Scalable family processors. Like most hyper-converged solutions, the VX Series aims to simplify complexity by aggregating servers, storage, and virtualization resources into a common resource pool. The new series is designed for easy, rapid deployment so customers spend less time worrying about setting it up and more time focusing on their core business.
The ThinkAgile VX Series not only deploys rapidly but is highly scalable. Customers can start with as few as three nodes and grow storage and performance as their business demands it, which means no overprovisioning and the upfront costs that come with it. Going in the same vein of only buying the storage needed, the series also comes with the latest version of VMware vSAN. With vSAN companies can see up to seven times greater storage space with deduplication and compression capabilities, and new features such as native encryption, which eliminates the need for separate self-encrypting drives that increase TCO for customers.
The VX Series has several use cases and comes in three models to fit in these use cases. The series can be used for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments and enterprise applications.
- VX 3000 Series: General-purpose 1U and 2U 1-node solutions optimized for compute-heavy applications, such as VDI.
- VX 5000 Series: Storage-dense 2U 1-node solutions optimized for fast, high-capacity storage applications such as email, big data, and analytics.
- VX 7000 Series: 2U 1-node solutions optimized for the highest-performance workloads, such as databases and collaboration.
While the new series has several benefits and is designed to be easy to deploy and use, issues can always arise. Knowing this, Lenovo is also offering the option of including its ThinkAgile support, Lenovo ThinkAgile Advantage. This service provides customers with support for deployment, configuration, and training and provides them with a direct line of communication to ThinkAgile support technicians for streamlined hardware and software troubleshooting. Technicians remain with customers as the single-point-of contact throughout the entire support process.
The Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series for VMware vSAN is expected to be available starting November 17, 2017.