Lenovo provides a quick explanation of how data center architectures benefit from hyperconvergence. You will see systems, software examples, and recommendations to get you started. As organizations continue to look for ways to handle growing demands on the technology infrastructure, the limitations of traditional hardware defined infrastructures create pain points that cannot be resolved with traditional thinking. With SDS moving into the servers, new thinking and new architectural approaches are possible. The fusion of SDS and server virtualization enables hyperconvergence, moving Lenovo customers a giant leap toward a 100 percent software-defined future. Lenovo Hyperconverged Virtualization is the hot new trend in IT. Software-defined infrastructure is no longer the future. It is now. Hyperconvergence is the next natural step in the evolution of the data center. Learn everything you need to know about hyperconvergence and how data center architectures benefit.
Complex IT infrastructures are shifting away from familiar hardware defined systems toward the new software-defined reality. Proprietary SAN attached storage systems will slowly disappear from most environments, and be replaced by more efficient, modular hyperconverged building blocks. Reducing complexity to lower costs. According to the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), about 60 percent of data center capex and OPEX is spent on SANs and SAN attached storage. Hyperconvergence potentially eliminates all of these costs. By converging storage, storage management, and the SAN at the hypervisor level and placing the SDS stack adjacent to the workloads, Lenovo Hyperconverged Virtualization reduces IT complexity, increases application performance, and delivers a dramatically more adaptive infrastructure. Storage intensive applications become easier to deploy, manage, and scale than on traditional systems. This in turn reduces capital and operating costs — a critical consideration at a time when data is growing far faster than budgets.
Lenovo Hyperconverged Virtualization
Lenovo’s global strategic partnership with Nutanix combines the industry leading reliability of Lenovo enterprise systems with software from the industry leader in hyperconverged appliances since 2011. The partnership will reduce IT complexity and cost and increase greater efficiency and agility in data centers of all sizes through a jointly developed and branded family of Lenovo appliances powered by Nutanix software and sizable investments by both companies in joint platform development, performance engineering, and a dedicated and skilled sales force. Lenovo Converged HX series powered by Nutanix deliver ready to deploy appliances designed to simplify every aspect of the data center infrastructure lifecycle — from procurement and deployment to management, scalability, and support. Customer benefits include Increase reliability with trusted Nutanix infrastructure solutions and industry leading Lenovo Hyperconverged Virtualization enterprise systems. Reduce costs by implementing only what you need and then easily scale as needed.
In a Lenovo Hyperconverged Virtualization architecture, compute, storage, networking, and I/O functions are all collapsed into a single, software-defined infrastructure that can be deployed or scaled in a fraction of the time required for conventional hardware defined, discrete elements. By eliminating purpose-built or monolithic storage hardware and SAN switches, IT has far fewer physical elements to purchase and deploy and can do the job much more quickly. Data efficiency — one of the most important benefits of a hyperconverged data center is that the entire infrastructure is managed in a single system. This creates greater efficiency for your IT workforce, enabling them to focus on projects critical to your organization. Data protection — backup, recovery, and disaster recovery are easier to implement in software-defined and hyperconverged infrastructures — frequently eliminating the need to purchase and manage multiple disparate products.
A full 44 zettabytes: That’s how much data there will be on the planet by 2020. It’s 10 times more data than there was in 2014 — and far more data than traditional SAN-based IT infrastructures can ever hope to process, store, and analyze. It is not just the volume of data, but the rate at which it is created. IDC is reporting that 90 percent of all the digital data stored today was created in the last few years. Predicting the need for storage capacity becomes a struggle and a challenge that needs a systematic and predictable resolution. Hyperconvergence replaces the proprietary hardware-defined storage and physically converged infrastructure with a software-defined Storage infrastructure that is virtually converged within the hypervisor tier, hence becoming “hyperconverged.” In hyperconvergence, hardware-defined elements for computing, storage, networking, and management converge into a highly simplified, software-defined Virtual Architecture. The result is a dramatically simplified data center infrastructure that transcends the limitations of traditional systems.
Lenovo Hyperconverged Virtualization