Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack (SXM4400, SXM6400)Product Guide

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24 Apr 2018
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Abstract

Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack delivers a pre-integrated, easy-to-deploy rack-level solution for hybrid cloud to dramatically reduce time-to-value and total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution is based on Lenovo's industry-leading data center infrastructure and Microsoft Azure Stack, an extension of Microsoft Azure Services to on-premises environments.

This product guide provides essential technical and pre-sale information on the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack models SXM4400 and SXM6400, their key features and specifications, components and options, and configuration guidelines.

This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack and consider its use in IT solutions.

Notes:

  • This Product Guide describes models of the ThinkAgile SX for Azure Stack that are based on the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 and SR650 servers featuring the latest Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family.
  • For models of the ThinkAgile SX for Azure Stack that are based on the Lenovo System x3550 M5 and x3650 M5 servers featuring the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family, see the Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack (SXM4200, SXM6200) Product Guide.

Change History

Changes in the April 24 update:

  • Added 100 TB and 120 TB configurations

Introduction

Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack delivers a pre-integrated, easy-to-deploy rack-level solution for hybrid cloud to dramatically reduce time-to-value and total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution is based on Lenovo's industry-leading data center infrastructure and Microsoft Azure Stack, an extension of Microsoft Azure Services to on-premises environments.

Suggested workloads for the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack include virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), back-office applications, server consolidation, enterprise applications, databases, test and development environments, and cloud implementation. Starting with as few as four nodes to keep your acquisition costs down, the solution offers “pay as you grow” scalability as your needs grow.

Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack
Figure 1. Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack

Did you know?

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack ships fully integrated into a rack cabinet, tested, configured, and ready to be plugged in and turned on; it is designed to integrate into an existing infrastructure effortlessly, to dramatically accelerate time to value and reduce infrastructure maintenance costs.

There is no up-front cloud software license acquisition cost for the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack, monthly billing is based on the actual resource usage (capacity-based licenses are also available).

Lenovo provides a single point of contact for supporting the entire ThinkAgile solution with the nodes, networking, and software components, for quicker problem determination and minimized downtime.

Key features

Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack integrates computing, storage, networking, and management, and it is designed with industry-standard building blocks, including hyperconverged nodes that are built on powerful and highly reliable Lenovo ThinkSystem servers, RackSwitch networking, and Azure Stack software that extends Azure technologies on-premises.

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack includes the ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U model that can be scaled from 4 to 8 nodes, the ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U model that can be scaled from 4 to 12 nodes, and the ThinkAgile SXM6400 model that ships with 12 nodes.

ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack offers the following key features:

  • Scalable ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack configurations of an on-premises, hyperconverged, hybrid cloud platform designed to optimize your workload’s performance and provide the IT agility for your business demands.
  • Flexible monthly billing that is based on actual resource usage helps lower acquisition cost for the entire solution by eliminating upfront cloud software licensing fees. 
  • Factory-integrated, pre-configured ready-to-go solutions that are delivered in a rack with all the hardware you need for your workloads: servers, storage, and network switches, plus Azure Stack cloud software and Lenovo XClarity hardware management tools.
  • Designed for effortless integration into existing infrastructures, thereby reducing deployment time and saving money.
  • Lenovo deployment services that are included with the solution help get customers up and running quickly by allowing to begin deploying workloads in hours — not weeks — and realize substantial savings.
  • Proven and reliable Lenovo ThinkSystem servers featuring Intel Xeon Scalable Processors provide compute power for a variety of workloads and applications.
  • Lenovo ThinkSystem Ethernet switches deliver exceptional performance and low latency, along with cost savings, and are designed to perform seamlessly with other vendors' upstream switches.
  • Microsoft Azure Stack provides a scalable, highly available solution for hybrid cloud extension to deliver Microsoft Azure cloud services on-premises with integrated compute, networking, storage, security, and management services that manage VM lifecycle and automate and orchestrate workload provisioning.
  • Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), an integrated part of the Azure Stack solution, delivers scalable, highly available distributed shared storage that provides extensive data protection and recovery with no performance bottlenecks and no single point of failure.
  • Powerful tools to manage both hardware and applications that come with the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack simplify and automate the management of the entire cloud solution, allowing you to manage the infrastructure as a single system, rather than as individual components.
  • All the components of the solution are available through Lenovo, which provides a single point of contact for all support issues that you might encounter with the server, networking, storage, and software used in the solution, for quicker problem determination and minimized downtime.

Components

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack consists of the following hardware components:

  • One ThinkSystem SR630 management node.
  • From 4 to 8 (SXM4400 25U), or from 4 to 12 (SXM4400 42U), or 12 (SXM6400) ThinkSystem SR650 hyperconverged nodes.
  • One RackSwitch G8052 1 GbE management network switch.
  • Two ThinkSystem NE2572 RackSwitch 25 GbE VM/storage network switches.

The SR630 management node provides hardware management services and includes the following software components:

  • Windows Server 2016 Standard with Hyper-V
  • Lenovo XClarity VM: Provides hardware management services.

The SR650 hyperconverged nodes provide compute and storage resources and includes the following software components:

  • Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V.
  • Azure Stack software: Provides scalable hybrid cloud platform.
  • Storage Spaces Direct (S2D): Provides highly available, scale-out storage for the cloud workloads.

Network connectivity is provided by the Lenovo RackSwitch switches. The management network consists of one G8052 1 GbE switch that runs Enterprise Network Operating System (ENOS), and the VM/storage network consists of two NE2572 25 GbE switches that run Cloud Network Operating System (CNOS).

The front and rear views of the ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U are shown in the following figure.

ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U front and rear views
Figure 2. ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U front and rear views

The front and rear views of the ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U are shown in the following figure.

ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U front and rear views
Figure 3. ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U front and rear views

The front and rear views of the ThinkAgile SXM6400 are shown in the following figure.

ThinkAgile SXM6400 front and rear views
Figure 4. ThinkAgile SXM6400 front and rear views

System specifications

The following table lists the system specifications of the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack.

Table 1. ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack system specifications
Attribute ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack model specifications
SXM4400 25U SXM4400 42U SXM6400
Form factor 25U Rack cabinet
(9565-RCH)
42U Rack cabinet
(9565-RCJ)
42U Rack cabinet
(9565-RCK)
Dimensions
  • Height: 1244 mm
  • Width: 605 mm
  • Depth: 1000 mm
  • Height: 2009 mm
  • Width: 600 mm
  • Depth: 1096 mm
  • Height: 2009 mm
  • Width: 600 mm
  • Depth: 1096 mm
Total rack load capacity 570 kg 953 kg 953 kg
Maximum rack weight 670 kg 1127 kg 1127 kg
AC power distribution 4x C13 PDUs:
  • 1-Ph, 30A/208V, NEMA L6-30P
  • 1-Ph, 32A/230V, IEC 309 P+N+G
4x C13 PDUs:
  • 1-Ph, 60A/208V, IEC 309 2P+G
  • 1-Ph, 63A/230V, IEC 309 P+N+G
  • 3-Ph, 32A/380-415V, IEC 309 3P+N+G
All PDUs in a rack cabinet should be of the same type. IEC 320-C13 to C14 AC power cables for connecting all the equipment in a rack cabinet to PDUs are included.
Hardware warranty Three-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with 9x5 next business day. Optional service upgrades are available through the Lenovo Services: 2-hour or 4-hour response time, onsite service, up to 5 years of warranty coverage, 1-year or 2-year post-warranty extensions, YourDrive YourData.
Software Microsoft Windows Server 2016 with Hyper-V, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft Azure Stack, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with XClarity Pro 3-year software support.
Management node
Base model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM (7X02CTOAWW)
Quantity 1
Processor Two Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 processors:
  • 8 cores (1.7 GHz core speeds)
  • Two 9.6 GT/s UPI links
  • 11 MB cache
  • Up to 2133 MHz memory speed
Memory 64 GB (8x 8 GB TruDDR4 RDIMMs). ECC, patrol scrubbing, and demand scrubbing memory protection.
Drive bays 8x 2.5-inch SAS/SATA hot-swap.
Internal storage 2x 2.5" 800 GB Enterprise Performance 12 Gbps SAS SSDs (RAID-1 boot volume).
Storage controller 1x RAID 530-8i (12 Gbps SAS).
Network interfaces
  • One dual-port 25 GbE SFP28 adapter (Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx) (one port is connected to the management network switch with one 1m SFP+ DAC cable included).
  • 1x 1 GbE dedicated XCC management port (RJ-45) connected to the management network switch with one UTP Category 5E cable included.
Ports
  • Front: 1x USB 2.0 port with XClarity Controller access, 1x USB 3.0 port.
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x DB-15 VGA port.
I/O expansion slots Three slots:
  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x8; low profile (for the network adapter)
  • Slot 2: PCIe 3.0 x16; low profile (not used)
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the RAID 530-8i)
Management features Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise (Pilot 4 chip), proactive platform alerts, light path diagnostics, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license.
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, secure firmware updates, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or 2.0 (configurable UEFI setting).
Video Matrox G200 with 16 MB memory integrated into the XClarity Controller. Maximum resolution is 1920x1200 at 60 Hz with 16 bits per pixel.
Cooling Seven hot-swap system fans with N+1 redundancy.
Power supplies Two redundant hot-swap 550 W High Efficiency Platinum AC power supplies.
Hyperconverged nodes
Base model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM (7X06CTOAWW)
Quantity 4 - 8 4 - 12 12
Processor Two processors of the Intel Xeon Scalable Family:
  • Up to 28 cores (2.1 GHz core speeds)
  • Up to 2.7 GHz core speeds (18 cores)
  • Two UPI links up to 10.4 GT/s each
  • Up to 38.5 MB cache
  • Up to 2666 MHz memory speed
Memory 24 DIMM sockets with support for 24x 16 GB or 32 GB TruDDR4 RDIMMs or 64 GB TruDDR4 LRDMMs. Memory speed up to 2666 MHz. ECC, SDDC (for x4-based memory DIMMs), ADDDC (for x4-based memory DIMMs), patrol scrubbing, and demand scrubbing memory protection technologies.
Memory capacity Up to 1,536 GB with 24x 64 GB LRDIMMs.
Drive bays 14x 3.5-inch hot-swap: 14x SAS/SATA or 10x SAS/SATA + 4x NVMe PCIe.
Internal storage
  • Boot volume:
    • 2x M.2 5100 480GB 6Gb SATA NHS SSDs in a RAID-1 drive group
  • Storage Spaces Direct:
    • 40 TB: 4x 800GB Performance 12Gb SAS HS 3.5" SSDs +
      10x 4TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA 3.5" HS 512n HDDs; or
    • 60 TB: 4x 1.6TB Performance 12Gb SAS HS 3.5" SSDs +
      10x 6TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA 3.5" HS 512e HDDs; or
    • 80 TB: 4x 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 HS 3.5" SSDs +
      10x 8TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA 3.5" HS 512e HDDs; or
    • 100 TB: 4x 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 HS 3.5" SSDs +
      10x 10TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA 3.5" HS 512e HDDs; or
    • 120 TB: 4x 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 HS 3.5" SSDs +
      10x 12TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA 3.5" HS 512e HDDs.
Storage controller
  • 1x M.2 Kit with Mirroring for boot volume.
  • 1x 430-16i HBA (12 Gbps SAS/6 Gbps SATA) for Storage Spaces Direct.
  • 1x Onboard NVMe interface (for the NVMe PCIe SSDs)
Network interfaces
  • One dual-port 25 GbE SFP28 adapter (Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx) connected to the VM/storage network switches with two SFP28 DAC cable included.
  • 1x 1 GbE dedicated XCC management port (RJ-45) connected to the management network switch with one UTP Category 5E cable included.
Ports
  • Front: 1x USB 2.0 port with XClarity Controller access, 1x USB 3.0 port.
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x DB-15 VGA port.
I/O expansion slots Four slots:
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8; low profile (for the network adapter)
  • Slot 5: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (not used)
  • Slot 6: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (not used)
  • Slot 7: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the 430-16i HBA)
Management features Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise (Pilot 4 chip), proactive platform alerts, light path diagnostics, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license.
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, secure firmware updates, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or 2.0 (configurable UEFI setting).
Video Matrox G200 with 16 MB memory integrated into the XClarity Controller. Maximum resolution is 1920x1200 at 60 Hz with 16 bits per pixel.
Cooling Six hot-swap system fans with N+1 redundancy.
Power supplies Two redundant hot-swap 1100 W High Efficiency Platinum AC power supplies.
Networking
Management network 1x RackSwitch G8052 Gigabit Ethernet switch (7159-HCH) with 48x 1 GbE RJ-45 ports and 4x SFP/SFP+ uplink ports.
VM/storage network 2x RackSwitch NE2572 25 Gb Ethernet switches (7159-HEA), each with 48x 25 GbE SFP28/SFP+ and 6x 100 GbE QSFP28/QSFP+ ports.
VM network uplinks 4x 10 GbE SFP+ SR or 4x 25 GbE SFP28 SR upstream VLAG connections (2x per NE2572) with customer-supplied MMF OM3 or OM4 fiber optic cables with LC connectors.
Management interfaces
  • G8052: In-band management.
  • NE2572: 1x 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet.
Software features
  • G8052 (Enterprise Networking Operating System [ENOS]):
    Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, VLANs, VLAN tagging, spanning tree, link aggregation, Hot Links, Layer 2 failover, VRRP, QoS, IP v4/v6 management and routing.
  • NE2572 (Cloud Networking Operating System [CNOS]):
    Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching, VLANs, VLAN tagging, spanning tree, link aggregation, virtual link aggregation, VRRP, QoS, CEE, IP v4/v6 management and routing.
Cooling
  • G8052: Three N+1 redundant hot-swap fans.
  • NE2572: Five N+1 redundant hot-swap fans.
Power supplies
  • G8052: Two redundant hot-swap 450 W AC.
  • NE2572: Two redundant hot-swap 770 W AC.

Models

Factory-integrated SXM4400 and SXM6400 models of the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack are configured by using the Lenovo Data Center Solution Configurator (DCSC):
http://dcsc.lenovo.com

Note: You are required to engage a Lenovo representative in the project that includes the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack.

The configuration process includes the following steps:

  • Model selection
    • SXM4400
    • SXM6400
  • Rack cabinet selection
    • 25U (SXM4400 only)
    • 42U (SXM4400 and SXM6400)
  • Power distribution infrastructure selection
    • 208 V AC single-phase
    • 230 V AC single-phase
    • 380-415 V AC three-phase WYE
  • Node configuration
    • One management node is derived
    • Hyperconverged nodes:
      • Processor model
      • Memory capacity
      • Storage capacity
      • Node quantity
  • Networking selection
    • Switch models are derived
  • Software selection
    • Microsoft Azure Stack software is derived
    • Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license is derived
  • Warranty selection
    • 3-year CRU and onsite limited warranty is included.
    • Optional upgrades:
      • 2-hour or 4-hour response time
      • Onsite service for CRUs
      • Up to 5 years of warranty coverage
      • 1-year or 2-year post-warranty extensions

The following sections provide details for each configuration step.

Rack cabinets

The following table lists the base models of the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack rack cabinets.

Table 2. Base models of the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack rack cabinets
Description Machine Type-Model Feature code
SXM4400 25U
SXM4400 42U
SXM6400
ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U Rack 9565-RCH B1EB Y N N
ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U Rack 9565-RCJ B1EC N Y N
ThinkAgile SXM6400 42U Rack 9565-RCK B1ED N N Y

Configuration note: 1U, 3U, and 5U Filler panels are derived based on the number of nodes selected.

Power distribution

Power distribution units (PDUs) are used to distribute power from an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or utility power to the equipment within the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack rack cabinet and to provide fault-tolerant power redundancy for high availability.

Each node, management network switch, and VM/storage network switch has two redundant power supplies, and each of two power supplies is connected to a separate PDU to support topologies with redundant AC power sources.

The power distribution topology is illustrated in the following figure.

Power distribution topology
Figure 5. Power distribution topology

The following table lists the power distribution units for the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack rack cabinets.

Table 3. Power distribution units
Description Feature code Quantity
SXM4400 25U
SXM4400 42U
SXM6400
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored 30A/208V, NEMA L6-30P 1-Phase PDU 5908 4 Y N N
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A/230V, IEC 309 P+N+G 1-Phase PDU 5910 4 Y N N
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored 60A/208V, IEC 309 2P+G 1-Phase PDU 5909 4 N Y Y
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored 63A/230V, IEC 309 P+N+G 1-Phase PDU 5911 4 N Y Y
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored 32A/380-415V, IEC 309 3P+N+G 3-Ph PDU 5912 4 N Y Y

Configuration notes:

  • Only one type of PDUs is supported within the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack rack cabinet; different PDU types cannot be mixed within the rack cabinet.
  • Power cables are derived based on the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack model and the number of nodes selected.

The following table summarizes the PDU specifications.

Table 4. PDU specifications
Feature 1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored DPI PDU
Feature code 5908 5910 5909 5911 5912
Phase 1-phase 1-phase 1-phase 1-phase 3-phase WYE
Voltage 208 V AC 230 V AC 208 V AC 230 V AC 380-415 V AC
(220-240 V AC)
Line cord input amperage 24 A 32 A 48 A 63 A 32 A / phase
Line cord input connector NEMA L6-30P IEC 309 P+N+G IEC 309 2P+G IEC 309 P+N+G IEC 309 3P+N+G
Output connectors 12x IEC 320-C13

Management node

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack uses the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 server as a management node.

The SR630 is a density-optimized, 1U dual-socket server that offers outstanding uptime to keep cloud deployments running safely and comprehensive systems management tools that help make deployment easier. Outstanding reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) and high-efficiency design improve your business environment and help save operational costs.

The following table lists the base configuration of the ThinkSystem SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM that is derived.

Table 5. ThinkSystem SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM base configuration
Machine
Type-Model
Intel Xeon
processor
Memory Storage
controller
Drives Network Power
supply
7X02CTOAWW 2x 3106 8C 64 GB (8x 8 GB) 1x RAID 530-8i 2x 2.5" 800 GB SSDs 1x 25 GbE 2x 550W HS

Processors

The SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM requires two Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 8C 85W 1.7GHz processors. The following table lists the specifications of the processors for the SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 6. Processor specifications (HT = Hyper-Threading, TB = Turbo Boost, VT = Virtualization Technology)
Processor
model
Core frequency
(Base / TB Max)
Number
of cores /
threads
Cache Max DDR4
frequency
UPI
speed
TDP HT TB VT-x VT-d
3106 1.7 / 1.7 GHz 8 / 8 11 MB 2133 MHz 9.6 GT/s 85 W No No Yes Yes

The following table lists feature codes of the derived processors.

Table 7. Processor feature codes
Description Feature code
Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 8C 85W 1.7GHz Processor AWEH

Memory

The SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM supports 64 GB of memory with 8x 8 GB (1Rx8) 2666 MHz TruDDR4 RDIMMs. Each processor has six memory channels, and there is one DIMM per channel installed in four channels, and the remaining two channels remain unpopulated. The operating memory speed is up to 2133 MHz.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:

  • ECC
  • Patrol scrubbing
  • Demand scrubbing

The following table lists memory RDIMMs derived for the SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 8. Memory RDIMMs
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem 8GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (1Rx8 1.2V) RDIMM AUU1 8

Internal storage

The SR630 management node has 8x 2.5" hot-swap drive bays connected to the ThinkSystem RAID 530-8i PCIe 12Gb Adapter.

The following table lists the internal drive configuration for the management node.

Table 9. Internal drive configuration: Management node
Model 4x 2.5-inch hot-swap front drive bays
Quantity, drive types  Drive layout Storage
controller
SR630 for
ThinkAgile SXM
2x 800GB 12Gb SAS SSDs RAID-1 (2x SSDs) boot volume 1x RAID 530-8i

The following table lists the SSDs derived for the SR630 management node.

Table 10. SSDs for management node
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem 2.5" HUSMM32 800GB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD AUMH 2

Network connectivity

For the management network, the SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM uses 25 GbE connectivity with the dual-port 25 GbE Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx network adapter: One port that operates at 10 Gbps is connected to the management switch via the 10 GbE link. Also, the 1 GbE dedicated management port on the XCC is connected to the management network switch. For more information, refer to Networking.

The following table lists the network adapter derived for the management node.

Table 11. Network adapter
Description Feature code Quantity
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 2x25GbE SFP28 Adapter AUAJ 1

Configuration note: The 1.5 m UTP Cat5e cable (1 GbE) and 1 m 10 GbE SFP+ DAC cable for the management network connections are included.

For more information about the SR630 server, refer to the Lenovo Press Product Guide:
http://lenovopress.com/lp0643

Hyperconverged nodes

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack uses the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 servers as hyperconverged nodes. 

The SR650 is a versatile 2U dual-socket server that offers outstanding uptime to keep cloud deployments running safely and comprehensive systems management tools that help make deployment easier. Outstanding reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) and high-efficiency design improve your business environment and help save operational costs.

The following table lists the base configuration of the ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 12. ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM base configuration
Machine
Type-Model
Intel Xeon
processor
Memory
(min / max)
Storage
controller
Drives Network Power
supply
7X06CTOAWW 2x Gold or
Platinum*
384 GB /
1,536 GB**
1x 430-16i HBA
1x M.2 Kit with Mirroring
2x 480 GB M.2 SSDs
4x 3.5" SSDs***
10x 3.5" HDDs***
2x 25 GbE 2x 1100W HS

* Processor model is selectable (See Processors for details).
** Memory capacity is configurable (See Memory for details).
*** Drive capacity is configurable (See Internal storage for details).

Processors

The SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM requires two Intel Xeon Gold or Platinum processors. The following table lists the specifications of the processors for the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 13. CPU specifications (HT = Hyper-Threading, TB = Turbo Boost, VT = Virtualization Technology)
CPU
model
Core frequency
(Base / TB Max)
Number
of cores /
threads
Cache Max DDR4
frequency
Max
memory
per socket
UPI
speed
TDP HT TB VT-x VT-d
Intel Xeon Gold processors
6140 2.3 / 3.7 GHz 18 / 36 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 140 W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6148 2.4 / 3.7 GHz 20 / 40 27.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150 W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6150 2.7 / 3.7 GHz 18 / 36 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165 W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6152 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 22 / 44 30.25 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 140 W Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel Xeon Platinum processors
8160 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 24 / 48 33 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150 W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8170 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 26 / 52 35.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165 W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8176 2.1 / 3.8 GHz 28 / 56 38.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165 W Yes Yes Yes Yes

The following table lists feature codes of the supported processors that are available for selection.

Table 14. Processor options
Description Feature code
Intel Xeon Gold processors
Intel Xeon Gold 6140 18C 140W 2.3GHz Processor AWE1
Intel Xeon Gold 6148 20C 150W 2.4GHz Processor AWDX
Intel Xeon Gold 6150 18C 165W 2.7GHz Processor AWDT
Intel Xeon Gold 6152 22C 140W 2.1GHz Processor AWDV
Intel Xeon Platinum processors
Intel Xeon Platinum 8160 24C 150W 2.1GHz Processor AWDP
Intel Xeon Platinum 8170 26C 165W 2.1GHz Processor AWDK
Intel Xeon Platinum 8176 28C 165W 2.1GHz Processor AWDH

Memory

The SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM supports 384 GB, 768 GB, or 1,536 GB of memory with 24x 16 GB or 32 GB TruDDR4 RDIMMs or 64 GB TruDDR LRDIMMs. Each processor has six memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel. All DIMMs in the system operate at the same memory speed up to 2666 MHz.

Note: Maximum memory speed can be achieved when Max performance mode is enabled in UEFI.

Lenovo TruDDR4 memory uses the highest-quality components sourced from Tier 1 DRAM suppliers and only memory that meets strict requirements is selected. It is compatibility tested and tuned on every ThinkSystem server to maximize performance and reliability.

TruDDR4 memory has a unique signature programmed into the DIMM, which enables Lenovo servers to verify whether the memory installed is qualified and supported. Lenovo qualified and supported TruDDR4 memory is covered by Lenovo warranty, and service and support provided worldwide.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:

  • ECC
  • SDDC (for x4-based memory DIMMs)
  • ADDDC (for x4-based memory DIMMs)
  • Patrol scrubbing
  • Demand scrubbing

Single Device Data Correction (SDDC) works only in the independent channel mode (the default operational mode) and supports only x4-based memory DIMMs.

Adaptive Double Device Data Correction (ADDDC) works with x4-based memory DIMMs and requires the Closed Page memory access mode.

The following table lists memory selection options available for the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 15. Memory options
Description Feature code Quantity supported
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (2Rx8 1.2V) RDIMM AUNC 24
ThinkSystem 32GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM AUND 24
ThinkSystem 64GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (4Rx4 1.2V) LRDIMM AUNE 24

Internal storage

Each SR650 hyperconverged node has 14x 3.5" hot-swap drive bays (12 on the front; 2 on the rear) and an internal M.2 Kit with Mirroring for 2x M.2 non-hot-swap SSDs.

The 3.5-inch drive bays are used for data storage, and they are connected to the ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA HBA (JBOD mode).

For the boot volume, the hyperconverged nodes use 2x M.2 5100 480GB SSDs installed in the M.2 Kit with Mirroring. The drives are configured in a RAID-1 group that provides highly available boot volume for the system software.

The following table lists the internal drive configuration for the data storage of the hyperconverged nodes.

Table 16. Internal drive configuration: Data storage
Model 12x 3.5-inch (front) + 2x 3.5-inch (rear) hot-swap drive bays (data storage)
Quantity, drive types  Drive layout Storage
controller
SR650 for
ThinkAgile SXM
Config 1: 40 TB
  • 4x 800GB 12Gb SAS SSDs
  • 10x 4TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
4x SSDs (JBOD) S2D caching 
10x HDDs (JBOD) S2D capacity
1x 430-16i
Config 2: 60 TB
  • 4x 1.6TB 12Gb SAS SSDs
  • 10x 6TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
4x SSDs (JBOD) S2D caching 
10x HDDs (JBOD) S2D capacity
1x 430-16i
Config 3: 80 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 10x 8TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
4x SSDs (JBOD) S2D caching 
10x HDDs (JBOD) S2D capacity
1x Onboard NVMe
1x 430-16i
Config 4: 100 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 10x 10TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
4x SSDs (JBOD) S2D caching 
10x HDDs (JBOD) S2D capacity
1x Onboard NVMe
1x 430-16i
Config 5: 120 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 10x 12TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
4x SSDs (JBOD) S2D caching 
10x HDDs (JBOD) S2D capacity
1x Onboard NVMe
1x 430-16i

The following table lists the internal drive configurations for the boot volume of the hyperconverged nodes.

Table 17. Internal drive configurations: Boot volume
Model 2.5-inch non-hot-swap internal drive bays (boot volume)
Quantity, drive types  Drive layout Storage
controller
SR650 for
ThinkAgile SXM
2x M.2 5100 480GB SATA 6Gbps
Non-Hot-Swap SSDs
1x RAID 1 (2x SSDs) boot volume M.2 Kit with Mirroring

The following table lists the HDD and SSD selection options for the SR650 hyperconverged nodes.

Table 18. HDDs and SSDs for hyperconverged nodes: Data storage
Description Feature code Quantity
40 TB
60 TB
80 TB
100 TB
120 TB
3.5-inch hot-swap HDDs - 6 Gbps NL SATA
ThinkSystem 3.5" 4TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512n HDD AUU8 10 - - - -
ThinkSystem 3.5" 6TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD AUUA - 10 - - -
ThinkSystem 3.5" 8TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD AUU9 - - 10 - -
ThinkSystem 3.5" 10TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD AUUB - - - 10 -
ThinkSystem 3.5" 12TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD B118 - - - - 10
3.5-inch hot-swap SSDs - 12 Gbps SAS
ThinkSystem 3.5" HUSMM32 800GB Performance SAS 12Gb HS SSD B170 4 - - - -
ThinkSystem 3.5" HUSMM32 1.6TB Performance SAS 12Gb HS SSD B171 - 4 - - -
3.5-inch hot-swap SSDs - NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
ThinkSystem 3.5" Intel P4600 3.2TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 HS SSD B2XG - - 4 4 4

The following table lists the SSDs derived for the boot volume of the SR650 hyperconverged nodes.

Table 19. Boot volume SSDs
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem M.2 5100 480GB SATA 6Gbps Non-Hot-Swap SSD B11V 2

Network connectivity

For the management network, the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM uses 1 GbE connectivity with the 1 GbE dedicated management port on the XCC that is connected to the management network switch.

For the VM/storage network, the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM provides two-port 25 GbE connectivity with the dual-port 25 GbE Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx network adapter: Each port is connected to a separate VM/storage switch. For more information, refer to Networking.

The following table lists the network adapter derived for the hyperconverged nodes.

Table 20. Network adapter
Description Feature code Quantity
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 2x25GbE SFP28 Adapter AUAJ 1

Configuration note: The 3 m UTP Cat5e cable for the 1 GbE management network connection and two 3 m passive 25 GbE SFP28 DAC cables for the VM/storage network connections are included for each hyperconverged node.

For more information about the SR650 server, refer to the Lenovo Press Product Guide:
http://lenovopress.com/lp0644

Networking

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack uses one Lenovo RackSwitch G8052 1 GbE switch for management network connectivity and two Lenovo ThinkSystem NE2572 25 GbE switches for VM/storage network connectivity.

Dedicated XClarity Controller (XCC) management ports (on the management node and hyperconverged nodes) and management ports on the NE2572 VM/storage network switches are connected to the G8052 management network switch via the 1 GbE links. The management node (25 GbE port operating at 10 Gbps) also is connected to the management switch via the 10 GbE link. Two VM/storage network switches (25 GbE ports operating at 10 Gbps) are connected to the management switch via the 20 GbE virtual link aggregation group (VLAG) connection.

25 GbE hyperconverged node ports on the dual-port adapters are connected to a pair of the NE2572 VM/storage network switches. The switches are connected to each other via two 100 GbE links (provided by two 100 Gb QSFP+ active optical cables (AOCs) included) that are configured in a link aggregation group (LAG). Each of two NE2572 switches provides two 10 GbE uplinks (10 GbE SR SFP+ transceivers) or two 25 GbE uplinks (25 GbE SR SFP28 Transceiver) that are configured in a virtual link aggregation group for upstream network integration.

The network connectivity topology is illustrated in the following figure.

Network connectivity topology
Figure 6. Network connectivity topology

The following table lists the derived network switches.

Table 21. RackSwitch for ThinkAgile SXM Series
Description Machine Type-Model Feature code Quantity
1 GbE management network
RackSwitch G8052 (Rear to Front) for ThinkAgile SXM 7159-HCH AX80 1
25 GbE VM/storage network
RackSwitch NE2572 25GbE (Rear to Front) for ThinkAgile SXM 7159-HEA B1EE 2

The following table summarizes specifications of the Lenovo Ethernet switches for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 22. RackSwitch specifications summary
Feature G8052 NE2572
Software Enterprise NOS (ENOS) Cloud NOS (CNOS)
Ports
  • 48x GbE RJ-45 fixed
  • 4x SFP/SFP+
  • 48x SFP28/SFP+
  • 6x QSFP28/QSFP+
Media types
  • RJ-45: UTP Category 5, 5e, 6
  • SFP+: 10 GbE DAC cables
  • SFP28:
    25 GbE DAC cables
  • SFP+:
    10 GbE SR SFP+
    10 GbE DAC cables
  • QSFP28: 100 GbE AOCs
Management ports In-band management 1x GbE RJ-45
Layer 2 switching Yes Yes
Layer 3 switching Yes Yes
VLANs Yes Yes
VLAN tagging Yes Yes
Link aggregation Yes Yes
Virtual link aggregation Yes Yes
Quality of Service Yes Yes
IPv4/IPv6 management Yes Yes
IPv4/IPv6 routing Yes Yes
Converged Enhanced Ethernet No Yes
Cooling 3x hot-swap fans (N+1 redundancy) 5x hot-swap fans (N+1 redundancy)
Power supplies 2x 450 W AC redundant hot-swap 2x 770 W AC redundant hot-swap

The following table lists the transceivers that are available for the NE2572 uplink ports.

Table 23. Transceiver for the NE2572 uplinks
Description Feature code Quantity
(min / max)
Lenovo 10 GbE SFP+ SR Transceiver (default selection) 5053 0 / 2
Lenovo 25GBASE-SR SFP28 Transceiver (optional selection) AV1B 0 / 2

Configuration notes:

  • All UTP Category 5E cables for the 1 GbE management network and 25 GbE SFP28 DAC cables for the VM/storage network are derived based on the number of nodes selected.
  • VM/storage network uplinks require customer-supplied MMF OM3 or OM4 fiber optic cables with LC connectors.

For more information about the RackSwitch switches, see the following Lenovo Press Product Guides:

Software

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack includes the following software components:

  • Microsoft Azure Stack
  • Lenovo XClarity Pro with 3-year support and subscription

Microsoft Azure Stack

The Microsoft Azure Stack running on ThinkAgile SXM offers the following key features:

  • Administrator portal
    • Provides a web-based interface for the cloud infrastructure to perform administrative tasks
    • Supports management of cloud resources and services
    • Enables creation of plans, offers, and subscriptions for tenant users 
    • Allows monitoring of health and alerts and managing capacity
  • User (Tenant) portal
    • Provides a web-based self-service interface for tenants to interact with the cloud
    • Supports provisioning, monitoring, and management of services for subscribed tenants
  • Identity management
    • Provides authentication and authorization for cloud services
    • Uses Azure Active Directory (AAD) or Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
    • Supports role-based access control (RBAC) to manage access to resources and services
  • Compute Resource Provider
    • Manages lifecycle of Virtual Machines (VMs) in a cloud environment
    • Creates, updates, and deletes VM images
    • Manages VM snapshots, restore points, and availability sets
  • Network Resource Provider
    • Delivers Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
    • Implements network isolation and segmentation with virtual networks
    • Enables communications across virtual networks with traffic routing
    • Secures cloud resources by filtering network traffic with network security groups
    • Offers load balancing across multiple instances for enhanced availability and performance
  • Storage Resource Provider
    • Delivers cloud storage services
    • Supports unstructured objects, structured datasets, message queuing, and SMB file storage
    • Offers storage cloud administration service
  • Azure Resource Manager
    • Interacts with resource providers and enables cloud orchestration
    • Automates the deployment of infrastructure, services, and applications
    • Provisions cloud resources from JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) templates
    • Supports security, auditing, and tagging of cloud resources
  • Usage data reporting
    • Provides metering for the cloud
    • Monitors various cloud resources and system components
    • Collects and aggregates the resource usage data across all resource providers
    • Transmits collected data to Azure commerce for billing processing

Microsoft Azure Stack uses Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) unified storage that offers the following features:

  • Provides distributed scale-out storage for cloud services and resources
  • Scales easily by simply adding more hyperconverged nodes
  • Protects from node or drive failures with data redundancy and self-healing

Lenovo XClarity

Lenovo XClarity offers the following features for the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack:

  • Auto-discovery and monitoring of the management node, hyperconverged nodes, and switches
  • Firmware updates and compliance enforcement
  • Pattern-based configuration management
  • Bare-metal deployment of operating systems and hypervisors
  • External alerts and notifications via SNMP traps, syslog remote logging, and e-mail
  • Secure connections to managed endpoints
  • NIST 800-131A or FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic standards between the management solution and managed endpoints
  • Integration into existing higher level management systems such as cloud automation and orchestration tools through REST APIs, providing extensive external visibility and control over hardware resources
  • An intuitive, easy-to-use GUI

Deployment services

The following Lenovo Professional Services are included with the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack to get customers up and running quickly:

  • Conducting remote preparation and planning
  • Verifying firmware versions and performing firmware updates, if needed
  • Configuring network switches
  • Configuring IMM management settings
  • Installing Lenovo XClarity
  • Configuring Lenovo XClarity network settings and performing discovery and inventory
  • Installing Azure Stack software
  • Transferring knowledge
  • Developing post-installation documentation

The optional hardware installation services are available from Lenovo Professional Services, including unpacking and inspecting the system on your site, connecting to power and network, verifying operation, and disposing of the packaging.

The following optional professional services are also available for the ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack:

  • Health Check Service
  • Cloud Strategy and Migration Roadmap
  • Cloud TCO Study
  • Migration Planning and Design
  • Legacy to Cloud Migration
  • Hybrid Cloud Managed Services

Warranty and maintenance

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack comes with a three-year customer-replaceable unit (CRU) and onsite (for field-replaceable units [FRUs] only) limited hardware warranty with 24x7 call center support and 9x5 Next Business Day Parts Delivered during normal business hours.

Some countries might have different warranty terms and conditions than the standard warranty. This is due to local business practices or laws in the specific country. Local service teams can assist in explaining country-specific terms when needed. Examples of country-specific warranty terms are second or longer business day parts delivery or parts-only base warranty.

If warranty terms and conditions include onsite labor for repair or replacement of parts, Lenovo will dispatch a service technician to the customer site to perform the replacement. Onsite labor under base warranty is limited to labor for replacement of parts that have been determined to be field-replaceable units (FRUs). Parts that are determined to be customer-replaceable units (CRUs) do not include onsite labor under base warranty.

If warranty terms include parts-only base warranty, Lenovo is responsible for delivering only replacement parts that are under base warranty (including FRUs) that will be sent to a requested location for self-service. Parts-only service does not include a service technician being dispatched onsite. Parts must be changed at customer’s own cost and labor and defective parts must be returned following the instructions supplied with the spares parts.

Also available are Lenovo Services warranty maintenance upgrades and post-warranty maintenance agreements, with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

Lenovo warranty service upgrade offerings are country-specific. Not all warranty service upgrades are available in every country. For information about Lenovo warranty service upgrade offerings that are available in your country or area, refer to the following resources:

In general, the following Lenovo warranty service upgrades are available:

  • Warranty and maintenance service upgrades:
    • 3, 4, or 5 years of warranty service coverage
    • 1-year or 2-year post-warranty extensions
    • Foundation Service: 9x5 service coverage with next business day onsite response
    • Essential Service: 24x7 service coverage with 4-hour onsite response or 24-hour committed repair (available only in select countries)
    • Advanced Service: 24x7 service coverage with 2-hour onsite response or 6-hour committed repair (available only in select countries)
  • Premier Support

    Premier Support service offers single point of contact for end-to-end problem resolution and collaborative third-party software support with direct access to Lenovo’s most advanced technicians for faster troubleshooting.

  • YourDrive YourData

    Lenovo’s YourDrive YourData service is a multi-drive retention offering that ensures your data is always under your control, regardless of the number of drives that are installed in your Lenovo server. In the unlikely event of a drive failure, you retain possession of your drive while Lenovo replaces the failed drive part. Your data stays safely on your premises, in your hands. The YourDrive YourData service can be purchased in convenient bundles with Foundation, Essential, or Advanced Service upgrades and extensions.

For service definitions, country-specific details, and service limitations, please refer to the following documents:

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack also comes with 3-year Azure Stack software support that entitles you to receive Azure Stack updates and enhancements.

Physical specifications

The ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U model has the following dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 1244 mm (49.0 in)
  • Width: 605 mm (23.8 in)
  • Depth: 1000 mm (39.4 in)
  • Total rack load capacity: 570 kg (1256.6 lb)
  • Total rack weight (maximum): 670 kg (1477.1 lb)

The ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U and SXM6400 models have the following dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 2009 mm (79.1 in)
  • Width: 600 mm (23.6 in)
  • Depth: 1096 mm (43.1 in)
  • Total rack load capacity: 953 kg (2101 lb)
  • Total rack weight (maximum): 1127 kg (2484.6 lb)

Operating environment

The ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack models are supported in the following environment:

  • Air temperature: 5 °C - 40 °C (41 °F - 104 °F)
  • Humidity: 10% to 85% (non-condensing)
  • Power load (rated maximum):
    • SXM4400 25U (fully configured solution): 12764 W
    • SXM4400 42U / SXM6400 (fully configured solution): 18396 W
    • Solution components:
      • SR630: 722 W
      • SR650: 1408 W
      • G8052: 200 W
      • NE2572: 289 W
  • Heat output (maximum):
    • SXM4400 25U (fully configured solution): 43550 BTU/hour
    • SXM4400 42U / SXM6400 (fully configured solution): 62766 BTU/hour
    • Solution components:
      • SR630: 2463 BTU/hour
      • SR650: 4804 BTU/hour
      • G8052: 683 BTU/hour
      • NE2572: 986 BTU/hour

Related product families

Product families related to this document are the following: