Reference Architecture for Workloads using the Lenovo Converged HX Series Nutanix AppliancesReference Architecture

Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series and DE Series Storage Arrays

At Lenovo’s Transform 2.0 conference, Lenovo and NetApp announced a global multi-faceted partnership to bring innovative technology and a simplified experience to help customers modernize IT and accelerate their digital transformation. The ThinkSystem DM Series Unified and DE Series SAN Hybrid and All Flash Storage Arrays are the first solutions from this partnership. Read the DM Series and DE Series Product Guides to get more information about the new storage systems.

20 Jun 2017
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This document describes the reference architecture (RA) for different workloads using the Lenovo Converged HX Series Nutanix appliances. The intended audience for this document is technical IT architects, system administrators, and managers who are interested in executing workloads on these appliances. The RA provides a technical overview of the appliances and explains why the combination of Lenovo servers and Nutanix software provides best of breed system performance and reliability. The RA contains one chapter per workload which describes the workload components, performance recommendations, and deployment best practices.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Technical overview of HX Series appliances
  3. Citrix XenDesktop
  4. Microsoft Exchange
  5. Microsoft SQL Server
  6. SAP Business Suite
  7. VMware Horizon

Change History

Changes in the June 20 update:

  • Added a chapter to describe SMB and rack-scale deployment models.

  • Removed configurations based on the older Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 (Haswell) processors