Azure Stack HCI Edge Solutions Made Easy, via a Ground-Breaking New Class of Edge Servers
New class of Edge servers
Computing resources are needed not just in the data center, but remotely as well. However, for performance reasons, remote data-generating devices must be close to computing and storage resources. Hence the Lenovo ThinkAgile MX 1021 Edge server. 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. Azure Stack HCI certification adds the reliability, high availability and security of HCI to these versatile Edge servers.
The rugged ThinkAgile MX1021 can handle temperatures from 0° to 55°C, as well as tolerate locations with high-dust and vibration—such as construction site trailers and manufacturing floors. It can be deployed equally well in a traditional office or branch location due to its office-friendly acoustics. 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.
ThinkAgile MX1021 is available as a 2 node Azure Stack HCI cluster including hardware, software, licenses, and support, making it an extremely affordable Edge or multi-site offering, for small businesses as well as large enterprises.
Accelerate your Business
Deploying hyperconverged infrastructure is a widely accepted method for modernizing legacy infrastructure. Taking it to the next level, a hybrid cloud approach enables placing each workload in the right place: public cloud for some. on-premises for others. 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 provides a certified path for Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct . Lenovo’s ThinkAgile MX1021 combines Azure Stack HCI with industry leading Lenovo servers to deliver a unique, rugged edge solution that is easy to deploy and easy to sustain. As you would expect, Lenovo makes lifecycle management easy and complete system support is covered by a single phone call.
Simplicity and Flexibility
To enhance the support experience, XClarity, Lenovo’s suite of systems management tools, integrates directly with Windows Admin Center, providing a unified single-pane-of-glass simple experience across infrastructure, virtual machines, software, and hardware. ThinkAgile MX Nodes offer a wide range of processor, memory, and storage options to provide the maximum flexibility for customizing your infrastructure.
A Price Performer
ThinkAgile MX1021 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.
Additionally, ThinkAgile MX1021 includes a specially priced Microsoft WS2019 Datacenter license as a 2 node Azure Stack HCI cluster, making this Edge platform an incredible value.
As Much Help As You Need
Lenovo and Lenovo partners have a comprehensive portfolio of professional services that supports the full life cycle of your infrastructure. At every stage — from planning to deploying, supporting, optimizing, and end of life — extra help is available to accelerate meeting your business objectives.
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:
|Product Name||ThinkAgile MX1021|
|Form Factor||1U height, half-width Edge server|
|Processors||Intel Xeon D-2100 Series processor, 8 to 16 cores, up to 100W|
|Memory||4 DIMM slots. Up to 256GB maximum with 4x 64GB LRDIMMs|
|Expansion||One PCIe 3.0 x16 slot|
|Drive Bays||Up to 3x M.2 adapters (1x boot adapter, 2x data adapters) for a total of 10x M.2 drives.
|Network Interface||Wired network module (10G SFP+ LOM package): 2x 10GbE SFP+, 2x 1GbE RJ45 (support 10/100 Mbps), 2x dedicated ports for remote management|
|High Availability||Direct-connect networking: For a 2-node HCI cluster, it is possible to connect the network adapters directly to each other without placing a network switch between the nodes.|
|Management||Optional hardware management via Lenovo XClarity and resource management through Microsoft Windows Admin Center, with mobile option|
|OS Support||Windows Server Datacenter 2019|
|Limited Warranty||Three-year or one-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty, 9 x 5 next business day. Optional service upgrades are available|
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Document number DS0112, published June 2, 2020. For the latest version, go to lenovopress.com/ds0112.