Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified NodeDatasheet

1 Jun 2020
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Making Azure Stack HCI solutions easy

Accelerate your Business

Customers increasingly seem to prefer hyperconverged infrastructure for modernizing their aging infrastructure. Choosing a hybrid approach allows them to migrate certain workloads to the cloud while keeping others on-premises. 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 HCI builds on the foundation of the Microsoft Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD) program and provides a certification path for Storage Spaces Direct solutions. Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes combine the Storage Spaces Direct technology included in Microsoft Windows Server 2019 data center edition with industry leading Lenovo servers to deliver HCI building blocks that build your infrastructure solutions.

ThinkAgile MX Certified nodes 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 quickly and easily provide the solutions 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.

Higher Performance Storage

Hyperconverged storage achieves phenomenal performance by using multiple tiers of storage. Specifically a “cache” tier is used, created with high-speed solid state drives (SSDs) and NVMe for accelerated storage access.

With Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solutions, further acceleration is achieved by using Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). RDMA nearly doubles the I/O capabilities of the environment, providing incredible performance.

Reliability: Powered by Lenovo Servers

The ThinkSystem SR650 2U server node is the perfect hardware platform for this solution. Equipped with two powerful Intel® Xeon® Scalable family processors, it provides extreme reliability, huge internal storage and memory capacity, and a large number of I/O slots, making it an ideal foundation for this solution.

The SR650 configurations used in this solution are storage dense, with a high-performance 4-SSD/NVMe cache tier and a 10-HDD capacity tier, along with two mirrored boot drives.

Also, ThinkAgile MX now provides an All-Flash offering, with a high-performance 4-NVMe cache tier and 20-SSD capacity tier. You can start with as few as two nodes, and grow to 16 nodes.

The SR650 provides the performance, availability, capacity, and quality your data center demands for a cloud environment. Lenovo ThinkSystem servers consistently score #1 for reliability* in independent customer surveys.

ThinkAgile MX are also available in a smaller form factor platform based on the ThinkSystem SE350 as ThinkAgile MX1021. Its small footprint and power efficiency allow for reliable server-class performance at many Edge locations. With additional benefits of ruggedness and variety of mounting options, these servers are ideal for small locations. 

This server can handle temperatures from 0° to 55°C, as well as tolerate locations with high-dust and vibration. The half-width, short-depth, 1U server can be installed almost anywhere: hung on a wall, stacked on a shelf, or mounted in a rack. This high-performance server, using the Intel® Xeon-D processor, features up to 8 cores, 256GB of DDR4 RAM, and 16TB of internal M.2 solid-state storage.

Transformative Support

ThinkAgile MX includes a comprehensive portfolio of software and services that supports the full life cycle of your infrastructure. At every stage — from planning to deploying, supporting, optimizing, and end of life — Lenovo provides the expertise and services you need to get the most from your technology investment.

Lenovo will help you perform a presale total cost of ownership (TCO) study to decide which configuration is right for you.

Lenovo also will provide knowledge-transfer training to your IT personnel. After deployment, Predictive Analytics software will identify on a continuing basis, and usually resolve, storage-related (and many infrastructure-related) issues, often before administrators are aware of them.

At end of life, Lenovo offers data recovery services. And these are just a few of the many benefits Lenovo’s software, services, and support provide with your solution. The ThinkAgile MX Certified Node allows you to budget more accurately for IT expenses, better deliver on service-level agreement commitments, and ultimately generate greater end-user satisfaction.

Excellent Value

ThinkAgile MX Certified nodes include the Windows Server Datacenter 2019 software. All-inclusive Windows Server 2019 Data center license provides a huge value to customers including:

  • Storage Spaces Direct (S2D): State of the art Software defined storage from Microsoft with multiple high-performance resiliency options, deduplication, compression and more.
  • Windows Admin Center (WAC): A web-based management portal is included with the software at no extra cost. WAC can be used to deploy S2D clusters. Additionally, Lenovo’s XClarity plugin allows customers to deploy their hardware as well as software from that single interface, enabling single pane of management.
  • Hyper-V: Hypervisor is included in the license, and with Hyper-V customers can create unlimited VMs at no additional cost.
  • Software-Defined Networking: Features such as virtual network encryption, firewall auditing, virtual network peering enable customers to get the benefits of a more secure software defined network with Azure Stack HCI.

Lenovo and Microsoft

With co-located engineering organizations and a history of technical collaboration, Microsoft and Lenovo consistently deliver innovative joint solutions for the data center. Lenovo’s leadership in reliability, customer satisfaction, and performance, combined with Microsoft’s leadership in software and cloud services, continues to deliver innovative data center solutions and lower TCO for our joint customers

ThinkAgile MX Certified Node

The flexible building block for your Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solutions.


Model Name ThinkAgile MX Certified Node – SR650
Form Factor 2U
Segment Hyperconverged Infrastructure – Microsoft Azure Stack HCI solutions for Storage Spaces Direct
Processor 2x second-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable family processors, 8-28 cores
Memory (TruDDR4) Up to 1.5TB in 24x slots
Network Mellanox (RoCE) or Cavium (iWARP) 10/25GbE adapters, 25GbE recommended
Drive Bays 14x 3.5", 24x 2.5"
Storage Options –Capacity Tier

4-10x HDDs: 4TB, 6TB, 8TB, 10TB, 12TB

4-20x SSDs: 3.84TB

Cache Tier 2-4x SSDs or hot-pluggable NVMe: 800GB or 1.6TB SSDs, 1.6TB, 3.2TB or 6.4TB NVMe
Systems Management Optional hardware management via Lenovo XClarity and resource management through Microsoft Windows Admin Center
License Options Included in Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and 2019 – Datacenter version
Support Standard hardware support elsewhere

For More Information

To learn more about ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes, contact your Lenovo representative or Business Partner, or visit lenovo.com/thinkagile. For detailed specifications, consult the ThinkAgile MX product guides:

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* ITIC Global Reliability Study, lenovopress.com/lp1117

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