Azure Stack HCI – Hybrid Cloud Solution – Accelerate your business

Customers increasingly seem to prefer hyperconverged infrastructure for modernising their aging infrastructure. Choosing a hybrid approach allows them to migrate certain workloads to the cloud while keeping other on-premises.  Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, is Microsoft’s HCI solution for customers that wish to run workloads on-premises and extend easily to Azure for hybrid capabilities such as back-up, site recovery, storage, cloud-based monitoring and more.

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure – bringing the agility and innovation of cloud computing to your on-premises environment.

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI
Microsoft Azure Stack HCI & Lenovo ThinkAgile MX

Microsoft Azure Stack HCI builds on the foundation of the Microsoft Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD) program and provides a certification path for Storage Spaces Direct solutions.

Use public cloud services

For on-demand, self-service computing resources. Migrate and
modernise existing apps and build new cloud-native apps.

Run cloud services on-premise

Build and run cloud applications at the edge, when disconnected, or to meet regulatory requirements—using consistent Azure services on-premises.

Run virtualised apps on-premise

Run virtualised applications on-premises, replace and consolidate aging server infrastructure, and connect to Azure for cloud services.

Regulatory requirements

Meet your specific regulatory or policy requirements with full flexibility to deploy on-premises using Azure Stack—without changing any code.

Modernise the IT Data centre

Business today has both cloud and on-premise IT, Microsoft Azure Stack HCI provides a consistent DevOps process, Azure web services, containers, server less computing, and micro services architectures to update and extend your legacy data, residing on systems running core business process applications.

Replace older servers and storage infrastructure and run Windows and Linux virtual machines on-premises and at the edge with existing IT skills and tools.

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Consolidate virtualised workloads

Consolidate legacy apps on an efficient, hyperconverged infrastructure. Tap into the same types of cloud efficiencies used to run hyper-scale data centres such as Microsoft Azure.

Azure Stack HCI solutions bring together highly virtualised compute, storage, and networking on industry-standard x86 servers and components, Combining resources in the same server node cluster makes it easier for you to deploy, manage, and scale. Manage with your choice of command-line automation or Windows Admin Centre.
Achieve industry-leading virtual machine performance for your server applications with Hyper-V, the foundational hypervisor technology of the Microsoft cloud, and Storage Spaces Direct technology with built-in support for NVMe, persistent memory, and remote-direct memory access (RDMA) networking. Help keep apps and data secure with shielded virtual machines, network micro segmentation, and native encryption for data at rest and in transit.

Azure Stack HCI use cases

  • Remote or branch office systems
  • Data centre consolidation
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Business-critical infrastructure
  • Lower-cost storage
  • High availability/disaster recovery in the cloud
  • Enterprise apps like SQL Server

Lenovo ThinkAgile MX – Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Solution

Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes combine the Storage Spaces Direct technology included in Microsoft Windows Server 2019 data centre edition with industry leading Lenovo servers to deliver HCI building blocks that build your infrastructure solutions.

Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified nodes are validated Azure Stack HCI solutions powered by Hyper-V and Storage Spaces Direct with Windows Server 2019 SDDC Windows Admin Centre for management and integrated access to Azure services such as:

  • Azure Backup
  • Azure Site Recovery
  • Azure Monitor and Update Management
  • and many more …

Getting started

Get up and running quickly with purpose-built Azure Stack integrated systems from ourselves a fully accredited and certified Lenovo DCG partner. The systems come fully ready to run and offer consistent, end-to-end customer support no matter whom you call.

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Pre-validated software updates delivered on a predictable schedule enable you to benefit from continuous innovation available from
Azure. Add new services and additional Azure Marketplace applications.

Lenovo ThinkAgile MX are built with certified hardware components that allow businesses to deploy solutions quickly and easily.

Key Benefits

  • Simplicity: Lenovo XClarity extension integrates with Windows Admin Center from Microsoft, providing a unified single-pane-of-glass simple management experience across infrastructure, virtual machines, software, and hardware.
  • Flexibility: ThinkAgile MX Nodes offer a wide range of processor, memory, and storage options to provide the maximum flexibility for customizing your infrastructure.
  • Faster time to value: In traditional IT, a solution is designed, tested, implemented, and maintained requiring significant time and energy. With HCI, this burden has been transferred to the solution provider. Microsoft created S2D to solve the storage challenge and Azure Stack HCI solutions to ensure robust and viable platforms.

Lenovo has designed, tested, and validated ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes to provide the solutions quickly and easily you need, with the confidence required, to exceed the stringent requirements of today’s IT. The result is that you can quickly deploy a robust, high-performance HCI solution and rapidly solve your IT challenges.

Additionally, through a hyperconverged infrastructure you will be able to take advantage of all the benefits that Azure Backup, Azure Monitor, Azure Site Recovery, and the Azure Security Centre have to offer. With the latest security updates and reliable security features from Azure, you will have the peace of mind in knowing that all your company’s sensitive information stored within the hyper converged infrastructure is safe and secure. Connecting to these vital features offered through Azure is quick and easy with HCI. And with the ability to operate through a high-performing Windows server, your company will become more productive and efficient than ever before.

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Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Node

If you would like to know more about the Lenovo ThinkAgile MX – Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solution please call us on 01256 331614 or email solutions@fortunadata.com