VMware’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution

VMware’s vSAN is a software defined storage solution that supports a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI).  vSAN is fully integrated with VMware vSphere, as a distributed layer of software within the ESXi hypervisor.

Aggregate local or direct-attached data storage, vSAN creates a single storage pool shared across all hosts in the cluster.  With VMware you have a choice of creating a hybrid vSAN cluster using both HDD’s and Flash storage.  Flash is used as a cache tier and HDD’s for capacity.  The other choice is all-flash storage that is used for both cache and performance tiering.  Both provide a highly resilient shared storage pool designed for the software-defined data centre (SDDC).

VMware vSAN HCI
VMware vSAN Hyperconverged Infrastructure

By eliminating the need for external shared storage, VMware vSAN deliveries simple storage configuration through Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM). Using virtual machine (VM) storage policies, defines storage requirements and capabilities, that automatically align storage policies to workloads.

VMware’s industry leading HCI software stack consists of vSphere for compute virtualisation, vSAN, vSphere integrated storage, and vCenter for virtual infrastructure management. VMware HCI is configurable, and seamlessly integrates with VMware NSX™ to provide more secure network virtualisation and/or vRealize Suite™ for advanced hybrid cloud management capabilities.

HCI can be extended to the public cloud, as VMware powered HCI has integrated services with the six of the largest cloud providers, Amazon, Microsoft, Google Cloud, Alibaba, Oracle and IBM. Hundreds of public cloud providers also offer HCI-as-a-Service, including Rackspace, CenturyLink and OVH.

VMware vSAN is a hyperconverged infrastructure for the data centre, edge or cloud supporting up to 64 nodes per cluster.  Designed to be scalable and flexible VMware vSAN is designed for the following applications:

  • Business Critical Applications – delivery up to 150K IOPS per node
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – Able to support up to 200 VDI sessions per node and provide 150K IOPS
  • Remote and Branch Offices – Remotely monitor and deliver IT resources from the data centre
  • Disaster Recovery – Orchestrate and automate recovery by combining VMware Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication all from the data centre

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX – VMware vSAN HCI Solution

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series Certified Nodes and appliances eliminate basic issues that your IT team should never have to worry about. With ThinkAgile VX Series, all hardware is fully validated and integrated. The components of your hyperconverged solution are certified right down to the firmware on the drives and HBAs, to eliminate worries that firmware upgrades might break compliance. ThinkAgile VX Certified Nodes and appliances are certified with VMware vSAN. vSAN SW licenses can be obtained separately.

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX
Lenovo ThinkAgile VX

Getting started

Get up and running quickly with purpose-built VMware vSAN 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 VMware.

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX are built with certified hardware components that allow businesses to deploy solutions quickly and easily.  ThinkAgile VX Certified Nodes are available in multiple form factors. Each certified node contains vSAN-certified components and vSAN-certified firmware to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online.

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 VX 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. VMware helps to solve the storage challenge and VMware vSAN solutions to ensure robust and viable platforms.
Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Family

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Certified Nodes are designed for deploying industry-leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) software from VMware on Lenovo enterprise platforms that feature the second generation of the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family (Xeon SP Gen 2). They deliver fully validated and integrated Lenovo hardware and firmware that is certified with VMware software and preloaded with the VMware ESXi hypervisor. VMware offers a unique, software-defined approach to hyper convergence, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack.

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