Lenovo ThinkAgile VX7520 ApplianceProduct Guide

Abstract

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series appliances are designed to help you simplify IT infrastructure, reduce costs, and accelerate time to value. These hyperconverged appliances from Lenovo combine industry-leading Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) software from VMware with Lenovo enterprise platforms. VMware offers a unique, software-defined approach to hyper convergence, leveraging the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack.

This product guide provides essential technical and pre-sales information on the Lenovo ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances, 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 VX7520 appliances and consider their use in IT solutions.

Introduction

Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series appliances are designed to help you simplify IT infrastructure, reduce costs, and accelerate time to value. These hyperconverged appliances from Lenovo combine industry-leading hyperconverged infrastructure software from VMware with Lenovo enterprise platforms that feature Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family.

Several common uses for the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances that are optimized for high-performance workloads include databases, e-mail and collaboration, and load-balancing clusters. Starting with as few as three nodes to keep your acquisition costs down, the VX Series is capable of immense scalability as your needs grow.

The ThinkAgile VX7520 is a 2U rack-mount appliance for high-performance workloads that is shown in the following figure.

ThinkAgile VX7520 appliance
Figure 1. ThinkAgile VX7520 appliance

Did you know?

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances are built on industry-leading Lenovo ThinkSystem servers that feature enterprise-class reliability, management, and security.

Powered by VMware vSAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI), the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances offer a unique, software-defined approach that leverages the hypervisor to deliver compute, storage and management in a tightly integrated software stack.

Key features

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances combine virtualized compute, storage, and networking resources into a single system and offer the following key features:

  • Factory-integrated, pre-configured ready-to-go appliances built on proven and reliable Lenovo ThinkSystem servers that provide compute power for a variety of workloads and applications and powered by industry-leading hyperconverged infrastructure software from VMware.
  • Quick and convenient path to implement a hyperconverged solution powered by VMware vSAN with "one stop shop" and a single point of contact provided by Lenovo for purchasing, deploying, and supporting the solution.
  • Distributed architecture that allows "pay-as-you-grow", non-disruptive scaling from 3 to 64 hosts per cluster by adding new appliances (scale-out) to increase capacity and performance.
  • Advanced capacity management, including deduplication, compression, and erasure coding (RAID 5/6), which helps deliver greater storage utilization with dramatically lower storage capacity and costs.
  • Cost-efficient hybrid and performance-optimized all-flash storage configurations to meet various workload demands.
  • Automation of VM storage provisioning and control of storage service levels (capacity, performance, availability) with VM-centric policies to load balance storage resources.
  • Native HCI security solution with two-factor authentication (SecurID and CAC) and data-at-rest encryption that does not require self-encrypting drives (SEDs).
  • Stretched cluster with local and site failure protection between two geographically dispersed sites for higher level of availability with near zero downtime.
  • Centralized management with provisioning, administering, and monitoring virtual resources across multiple hosts and clusters from a centralized interface.
  • Rapid workload provisioning, simplified data center operations, increased business efficiency, and decreased CAPEX and OPEX costs.
  • VM and data protection with agent-less, image-level virtual machine backups and application-aware protection for business-critical Microsoft applications (Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint) along with WAN-efficient, encrypted backup data replication.
  • Reduced unplanned downtime and virtually eliminated planned downtime for server and storage maintenance with live workload migration, high availability, and fault tolerance.
  • Enhanced application performance and availability with resource management, load balancing, and access prioritization.
  • Intelligent operations management and automation to proactively monitor and manage compute, storage, and networking resources, identify performance bottlenecks, and re-balance workloads by leveraging predictive analytics.
  • Capacity planning and optimization guidance to address future needs with performance trends, projections and extended forecasts.
  • Managing remote offices and branch offices with rapid provisioning of servers through virtualization, minimization of host configuration drift, and enhanced visibility into regulatory compliance, across multiple sites.

Components and connectors

The following figure shows the front view of the VX7520 appliance.

VX7520 front view
Figure 2. VX7520 front view

The following figure shows the rear view of the VX7520 appliance.

VX7520 rear view
Figure 3. VX7520 rear view

System specifications

The following table lists the system specifications of the ThinkAgile VX7520 appliance.

Table 1. VX7520 system specifications
Attribute Specification
Form factor 2U Rack-mount.
Processor One or two Intel Xeon Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum processors.
Chipset Intel C624.
Memory Up to 24 DIMMs. Support for 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz RDIMMs or 64 GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz LRDIMMs.
Memory capacity Up to 1536 GB with 24x 64 GB LRDIMMs.
Memory protection Error correction code (ECC), Single Device Data Correction (SDDC; for x4-based memory DIMMs), patrol scrubbing, and demand scrubbing.
Drive bays 24x 2.5-inch SAS/SATA hot-swap.
Storage capacity Up to 307.2 TB: One, two, three, or four drive groups with the following capacity per drive group:
  • Cache drive (1x SSD): Up to 1.6 TB.
  • Capacity drives (5x HDDs/SSDs): Up to 12 TB (5x 2.4 TB HDDs) or up to 76.8 TB (5x 15.36 TB SSDs).
Storage controller 3x 430-8i HBA (12 Gbps SAS/6 Gbps SATA).
Network interfaces
  • 2x or 4x 10 GbE RJ-45 or SFP+ LOM network ports.
  • 2x or 4x optional 10 GbE RJ-45 or SFP+ adapter ports.
  • 1x RJ-45 10/100/1000 Mb Ethernet systems management port.
Boot drive 2x 128 GB M.2 non-hot-swap SSDs (RAID-1).
I/O expansion slots 7x PCIe 3.0 slots:
  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x8 (not used).
  • Slot 2: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the third 430-8i HBA)
  • Slot 3: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the second PCIe network adapter).
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the second 430-8i HBA).
  • Slot 5: PCIe 3.0 x16 (not used).
  • Slot 6: PCIe 3.0 x16 (for the first PCIe network adapter).
  • Slot 7: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the first 430-8i HBA).
Ports
  • Front: 1x USB 2.0 port with XClarity Controller access, 1x USB 3.0 port, and 1x DB-15 VGA port.
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x DB-15 VGA port.
Cooling Six hot-swap system fans with N+1 redundancy.
Power supply One or two redundant hot-swap 1100 W (100 - 240 V) or 1600 W (200 - 240 V) High Efficiency Platinum power supplies.
Video Matrox G200 with 16 MB memory integrated into the XClarity Controller. Maximum resolution is 1920x1200 at 60 Hz with 16 bits per pixel.
Hot-swap parts SSDs, HDDs, power supplies, and fans.
Systems management Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise (Pilot 4 chip), proactive platform alerts, light path diagnostics, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Integrator for VMware vCenter, VMware vCenter Server (Foundation or Standard), Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager (optional).
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, secure firmware updates, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or 2.0 (configurable UEFI setting).
Software
  • VMware vSphere: Standard, Enterprise Plus, Operations Management Enterprise Plus, Standard for ROBO, or Advanced for ROBO.
  • VMware vSAN: Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, or ROBO.
Hypervisors VMware ESXi 6.5 (factory preload).
Hardware warranty Three-year or five-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with selectable service levels: 9x5 next business day (NBD), 24x7x4, and 24x7x2.
Software maintenance Three-year or five-year software support and subscription (matches the duration of the selected warranty period).
Dimensions Height: 87 mm (3.4 in.), width: 445 mm (17.5 in.), depth: 720 mm (28.3 in.).
Weight Maximum configuration: 32 kg (70.5 lb).

Factory-integrated models

Factory-integrated models of the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances are configured by using the Lenovo Enterprise Solutions Configurator (LESC):
http://lesc.lenovo.com

During the configuration process, you are selecting one of the base Configure-to-Order (CTO) models first, and then you are adding components (processors, memory, drives, and network adapters) to the selected model.

Note: You are required to engage a Lenovo representative in the project that includes the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances.

The following table lists the base CTO models of the ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances.

Table 2. Base CTO models
Description Machine Type/Model
ThinkAgile VX7520 7Y14CTO2WW

The following table lists the default configurations of each appliance.

Table 3. Default configurations
Model Intel Xeon
processor
Memory
(RDIMMs)
Storage
controller
SSDs HDDs M.2 SSD
boot drive
NIC Power
supply
VX7520 2x 6138 20C 768GB
(24x 32GB)
1x 430-16i 6.4TB
(4x 1.6TB)
24TB
(20x 1.2TB)
2x 128GB
(RAID-1)
4x 10GbE
SFP+
2x 1100W
Platinum

The VX7520 appliances ship with the following items:

  • Documentation package
  • 2U Tool-less Slide Rail Kit
  • One or two 2.8 m IEC 320-C13 to C14 rack power cables (based on the power supply quantity selected)

Processors

The ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances ship with two processors. The following table lists the processor options that are available for selection.

Table 4. Processor selection options
Description Quantity
Intel Xeon Bronze processors
Intel Xeon Bronze 3104 6C 85W 1.7GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Bronze 3106 8C 85W 1.7GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver processors
Intel Xeon Silver 4108 8C 85W 1.8GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4109T 8C 70W 2.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4110 8C 85W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4112 4C 85W 2.6GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4114 10C 85W 2.2GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4114T 10C 85W 2.2GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4116 12C 85W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Silver 4116T 12C 85W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold processors
Intel Xeon Gold 5115 10C 85W 2.4GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 5118 12C 105W 2.3GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 5119T 14C 85W 2.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 5120 14C 105W 2.2GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 5120T 14C 105W 2.2GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 5122 4C 105W 3.6GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6126 12C 125W 2.6GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6128 6C 115W 3.4GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6130 16C 125W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6130T 16C 125W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6132 14C 140W 2.6GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6134 8C 130W 3.2GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6136 12C 150W 3.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6138 20C 125W 2.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6138T 20C 125W 2.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6140 18C 140W 2.3GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6140M 18C 140W 2.3GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6142 16C 150W 2.6GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6144 8C 155W 3.5GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6146 12C 165W 3.2GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6148 20C 150W 2.4GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6150 18C 165W 2.7GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Gold 6152 22C 140W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum processors
Intel Xeon Platinum 8153 16C 125W 2.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8156 4C 105W 3.6GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8158 12C 150W 3.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8160 24C 150W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8160M 24C 150W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8164 26C 150W 2.0GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8170 26C 165W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8176 28C 165W 2.1GHz Processor 2
Intel Xeon Platinum 8176M 28C 165W 2.1GHz Processor 2

The following table lists the specifications of the processors for the appliances.

Table 5. 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 Bronze processors
3104 1.7 / 1.7 GHz 6 / 6 8.25 MB 2133 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W No No Yes Yes
3106 1.7 / 1.7 GHz 8 / 8 11 MB 2133 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W No No Yes Yes
Intel Xeon Silver processors
4108 1.8 / 3.0 GHz 8 / 16 11 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4109T 2.0 / 3.0 GHz 8 / 16 11 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 70W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4110 2.1 / 3.0 GHz 8 / 16 11 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4112 2.6 / 3.0 GHz 4 / 8 8.25 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4114 2.2 / 3.0 GHz 10 / 20 13.75 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4114T 2.2 / 3.0 GHz 10 / 20 13.75 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4116 2.1 / 3.0 GHz 12 / 24 16.5 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
4116T 2.1 / 3.0 GHz 12 / 24 16.5 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 9.6 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel Xeon Gold processors
5115 2.4 / 3.2 GHz 10 / 20 13.75 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
5118 2.3 / 3.2 GHz 12 / 24 16.5 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 105W Yes Yes Yes Yes
5119T 1.9 / 3.2 GHz 14 / 28 19.25 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 85W Yes Yes Yes Yes
5120 2.2 / 3.2 GHz 14 / 28 19.25 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 105W Yes Yes Yes Yes
5120T 2.2 / 3.2 GHz 14 / 28 19.25 MB 2400 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 105W Yes Yes Yes Yes
5122 3.6 / 3.7 GHz 4 / 8 16.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 105W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6126 2.6 / 3.7 GHz 12 / 24 19.25 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 125W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6128 3.4 / 3.7 GHz 6 / 12 19.25 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 115W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6130 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 16 / 32 22 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 125W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6130T 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 16 / 32 22 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 125W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6132 2.6 / 3.7 GHz 14 / 18 19.25 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 140W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6134 3.2 / 3.7 GHz 8 / 16 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 130W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6136 3.0 / 3.7 GHz 12 / 24 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6138 2.0 / 3.7 GHz 20 / 40 27.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 125W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6138T 2.0 / 3.7 GHz 20 / 40 27.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 125W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6140 2.3 / 3.7 GHz 18 / 36 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 140W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6140M 2.3 / 3.7 GHz 18 / 36 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 1.5 TB 10.4 GT/s 140W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6142 2.6 / 3.7 GHz 16 / 32 22 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6144 3.5 / 4.2 GHz 8 / 16 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6146 3.2 / 4.2 GHz 12 / 24 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6148 2.4 / 3.7 GHz 20 / 40 27.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6150 2.7 / 3.7 GHz 18 / 36 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165W Yes Yes Yes Yes
6152 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 22 / 44 30.25 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 140W Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel Xeon Platinum processors
8153 2.0 / 2.8 GHz 16 / 32 22 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 125W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8156 3.6 / 3.7 GHz 4 / 8 16.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 105W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8158 3.0 / 3.7 GHz 12 / 24 24.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8160 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 24 / 48 33 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8160M 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 24 / 48 33 MB 2666 MHz 1.5 TB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8164 2.0 / 3.7 GHz 26 / 52 35.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 150W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8170 2.1 / 3.7 GHz 26 / 52 35.75 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8176 2.1 / 3.8 GHz 28 / 56 38.5 MB 2666 MHz 768 GB 10.4 GT/s 165W Yes Yes Yes Yes
8176M 2.1 / 3.8 GHz 28 / 56 38.5 MB 2666 MHz 1.5 TB 10.4 GT/s 165W Yes Yes Yes Yes

Memory

The ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances support Lenovo TruDDR4 memory. 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 to maximize performance and reliability.

The VX7520 supports up to 24 DIMMs. The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

  • The appliances support RDIMMs or LRDIMMs; mixing RDIMMs and LRDIMMs is not supported.
  • All DIMMs in the appliance must be of the same type and capacity.
  • All DIMMs in the appliance operate at the same speed up to 2666 MHz, which is determined by the maximum memory speed supported by the specific processor.

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

The following memory protection technologies are supported:

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

The following table lists the memory options that are available for selection.

Table 6. Memory selection options
Description Quantity
ThinkSystem 8GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (1Rx8 1.2V) RDIMM 12, 16, 24
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (1Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM 12, 16, 24
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (2Rx8 1.2V) RDIMM 12, 16, 24
ThinkSystem 32GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM 12, 16, 24
ThinkSystem 64GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (4Rx4 1.2V) LRDIMM 12, 16, 24

Internal storage

The ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances support the internal drive configurations listed in the following table.

Table 7. Internal drive configurations
Model Drive bays Drive groups
(min / max)
Drive quantity per group Storage
controller
Hypervisor boot drive
Cache
drives
Capacity
drives
M.2 SSDs Storage
controller
VX7520 24x 2.5" HS 1 / 4 1 5 3x 430-8i 2x 128 GB M.2 with Mirroring

The following table lists the drive selection options.

Table 8. Drive selection options
Description Quantity
(per drive group)
Cache drives - SSDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" HUSMM32 400GB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 1
ThinkSystem 2.5" HUSMM32 800GB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 1
ThinkSystem 2.5" HUSMM32 1.6TB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 1
Capacity drives - HDDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" 900GB 10K SAS 12Gb Hot Swap 512n HDD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" 900GB 15K SAS 12Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" 1.2TB 10K SAS 12Gb Hot Swap 512n HDD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" 1.8TB 10K SAS 12Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" 2.4TB 10K SAS 12Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD 5
Capacity drives - SSDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1635a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1633a 3.84TB Capacity SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1633a 7.68TB Capacity SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 5
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1633a 15.36TB Capacity SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD 5

Configuration note: All SSD drives in the appliance must be of the same type and capacity. All HDD drives in the appliance must be of the same type and capacity.

Network connectivity

The ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances provide two- or four-port 10 GbE RJ-45 or SFP+ network connectivity with the onboard Intel X722 NIC and a LOM card installed in the appliance. Two or four additional 10 GbE RJ-45 or SFP+ ports can be selected, if required.

The following table lists the network adapter options that are available for selection.

Table 9. Network adapter selection options
Description Quantity
(min / max)
10 GbE RJ-45 LOM ports
ThinkSystem 10Gb 2-port Base-T LOM (RJ-45) 0 / 1
ThinkSystem 10Gb 4-port Base-T LOM (RJ-45) 0 / 1
10 GbE RJ-45 adapter ports
Intel X550-T2 Dual Port 10GBase-T Adapter (RJ-45) 0 / 2
10 GbE SFP+ LOM ports
ThinkSystem 10Gb 2-port SFP+ LOM 0 / 1
ThinkSystem 10Gb 4-port SFP+ LOM 0 / 1
10 GbE SFP+ adapter ports
ThinkSystem Intel X710-DA2 PCIe 10Gb 2-Port SFP+ Ethernet adapter 0 / 2

Configuration notes:

  • One of the 10 GbE RJ-45 or 10 GbE SFP+ LOM cards or adapters is required for selection. Additional ports can be selected, if needed.
  • The 10 GbE RJ-45 and SFP+ ports cannot be intermixed in the same appliance, that is, either 10 GbE RJ-45 or 10 GbE SFP+ ports can be selected for the appliance, but not both port types.
  • The SFP+ ports require SFP+ transceivers or direct-attach copper (DAC) cables that should be ordered for the appliance. The RJ-45 ports require UTP Category 6 cables that should be ordered for the appliance. The maximum number of transceivers or cables that are supported per adapter equals the quantity of the adapter ports, and all adapter ports must have the same type of the transceiver or cable selected.

    The following transceivers and cables can be purchased:

The following table lists transceivers and cables for the 10 GbE SFP+ ports.

Table 10. Transceivers and cables for 10 GbE SFP+ ports
Description Part number Feature code
10 GbE SFP+ SR transceivers for 10 GbE SFP+ adapters
Lenovo 10GBASE-SR SFP+ Transceiver 46C3447 5053
Lenovo 10GBASE-LR SFP+ Transceiver 00FE331 B0RJ
Optical cables for 10 GbE SFP+ SR transceivers
Lenovo 1m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable 00MN502 ASR6
Lenovo 3m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable 00MN505 ASR7
Lenovo 5m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable 00MN508 ASR8
Lenovo 10m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable 00MN511 ASR9
Lenovo 25m LC-LC OM3 MMF Cable 00MN517 ASRB
Passive SFP+ DAC cables for 10 GbE SFP+ adapters
Lenovo 1m Passive SFP+ DAC Cable 90Y9427 A1PH
Lenovo 1.5m Passive SFP+ DAC Cable 00AY764 A51N
Lenovo 2m Passive SFP+ DAC Cable 00AY765 A51P
Lenovo 3m Passive SFP+ DAC Cable 90Y9430 A1PJ
Lenovo 5m Passive SFP+ DAC Cable 90Y9433 A1PK
Active SFP+ DAC cables for 10 GbE SFP+ adapters
Lenovo 1m Active DAC SFP+ Cable 00VX111 AT2R

The following table lists cables for the 10 GbE RJ-45 ports.

Table 11. Transceivers and cables for 10 GbE RJ-45 ports
Description Part number Feature code
0.75m CAT6 Green Cable 00WE123 AVFW
1.0m CAT6 Green Cable 00WE127 AVFX
1.25m CAT6 Green Cable 00WE131 AVFY
1.5m CAT6 Green Cable 00WE135 AVFZ
3m CAT6 Green Cable 00WE139 AVG0
10m CAT6 Green Cable 90Y3718 A1MT
25m CAT6 Green Cable 90Y3727 A1MW

Power supplies

The VX7520 appliance can be configured with one or two (N+N redundancy) power supplies. The following table lists the power supply options that are available for selection.

Table 12. Power supply selection options
Description Quantity
(min / max)
ThinkSystem 1100W (230V/115V) Platinum Hot-Swap Power Supply 1 / 2
ThinkSystem 1600W (230V) Platinum Hot-Swap Power Supply 1 / 2

Configuration note: The power supplies should provide sufficient power without oversubscription for the selected node configuration. To ensure that the right power supply is chosen, you should always validate your appliance configuration using the latest version of the Lenovo Capacity Planner:
http://datacentersupport.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht504651

Rack installation

The VX7520 appliances ship with a 2U rail kit. The following table summarizes the rail kit features.

Table 13. Rail kit features summary
Feature 2U Tool-less Slide Rail
CMA Not included
Rail length 730 mm (28.74 in.)
Rail type Full-out slide (ball bearing)
Tool-less installation Yes
In-rack maintenance Yes
1U PDU support Yes
0U PDU support Limited*
Rack type IBM and Lenovo 4-post, IEC standard-compliant
Mounting holes Square or round
Mounting flange thickness 2 mm (0.08 in.) – 3.3 mm (0.13 in.)
Distance between front and rear mounting flanges^ 609.6 mm (24 in.) – 863.6 mm (34 in.)

* If a 0U PDU is used, the rack cabinet must be at least 1100 mm (43.31 in.) deep if no CMA is used.
^ Measured when mounted on the rack, from the front surface of the front mounting flange to the rear most point of the rail.

Software

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances are based on the following VMware HCI components:

  • VMware vSphere ESXi hypervisor
  • VMware vSAN distributed enterprise storage
  • VMware vCenter Server centralized management

The VMware ESXi 6.5 hypervisor is factory-preinstalled on the 2x 128 GB M.2 SSDs configured in a RAID-1 drive group.

The VX Series appliances can be configured with one of the following VMware vSphere License and Subscription options:

  • VMware vSphere 6 Standard for 1 Processor

    vSphere Standard Edition provides an entry-level solution for basic server consolidation and business continuity.

  • VMware vSphere 6 Enterprise Plus for 1 Processor

    vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition offers resource management with enhanced application availability and performance for server virtualization and cloud solutions.

  • VMware vSphere 6 with Operations Management Enterprise Plus for 1 Processor

    vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus offers intelligent operations management and automation with predictive analytics, along with resource management and enhanced application availability and performance, for server virtualization and cloud solutions.

  • VMware vSphere 6 for Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) Standard (25 VM Pack)

    vSphere for ROBO Standard provides remote site server virtualization platform with business continuity and backup features.

  • VMware vSphere 6 for Remote Office Branch Office Advanced (25 VM Pack)

    vSphere for ROBO Advanced provides remote site server virtualization platform that offers business continuity and backup with advanced features such as standardization of host configurations.

The VX Series appliances can be configured with one of the following VMware vSAN License and Subscription options:

  • VMware Virtual SAN 6 Standard for 1 Processor

    Virtual SAN Standard provides support for hybrid and all-flash storage configurations.

  • VMware Virtual SAN 6 Advanced for 1 Processor

    Virtual SAN Advanced provides support for hybrid and all-flash storage configurations with space efficiency features (compression, deduplication, and erasure coding).

  • VMware Virtual SAN 6 Enterprise for 1 Processor

    Virtual SAN Enterprise provides support for hybrid and all-flash storage configurations with space efficiency features (compression, deduplication, and erasure coding), stringent security (data-at-rest encryption), and advanced failure protection (stretched cluster).

  • VMware Virtual SAN 6 for Remote Office Branch Office (25 VM Pack)

    Virtual SAN ROBO provides support for hybrid and all-flash storage configurations for up to 25 virtual machines at remote locations.

Lenovo also offers the following VMware HCI license bundles that include both vSphere and vSAN License and Subscription options:

  • VMware HCI Kit Advanced (Per CPU):
    • vSphere Enterprise Plus
    • vSAN Advanced
  • VMware HCI Kit Enterprise (Per CPU):
    • vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus
    • vSAN Enterprise

Configuration notes:

  • The selection of either vSphere and vSAN licenses or HCI Kit bundles is required.
  • The quantity of processor-based licenses is derived by the configuration tool based on the number of processors selected.
  • The quantity of VM-based licenses can be specified based on VM requirements.
  • VMware License and Subscription options include 3-year or 5-year software support (matches the duration of the selected hardware warranty period).

The following table compares features of the VMware vSphere software editions.

Table 14. VMware vSphere software editions feature comparison
Feature VMware vSphere software edition
Standard Enterprise
Plus
Operations
Management
Enterprise
Plus
Standard
for ROBO
Advanced
for ROBO
Licensing Processor-based (per 1 processor) VM-based (per 25 VMs)
Hypervisor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
vMotion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage vMotion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cross-Switch vMotion Yes Yes Yes No No
High Availability and Fault Tolerance 2 vCPU 4 vCPU 4 vCPU 2 vCPU 4 vCPU
Data Protection and Replication Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Volumes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage-Policy Based Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
APIs for Storage Awareness Yes Yes Yes No No
APIs for Array Integration, Multipathing Yes Yes Yes No No
Content Library Yes Yes Yes No No
vCenter High Availability Yes* Yes* Yes* No No
vCenter Backup and Restore Yes* Yes* Yes* No No
vCenter Server Appliance Migration Tool Yes* Yes* Yes* No No
Virtual Machine Encryption No Yes Yes No No
Proactive High Availability No Yes Yes No No
vSphere Integrated Containers No Yes Yes No Yes
Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) No Yes Yes No No
Distributed Power Management No Yes Yes No No
Big Data Extensions No Yes Yes No No
Distributed Switch No Yes Yes No Yes
Storage DRS No Yes Yes No No
I/O Controls (Network and Storage) and SR-IOV No Yes Yes No No
Host Profiles and Auto Deploy No Yes Yes No Yes
Flash Read Cache No Yes Yes No No
Cross-vCenter and Long Distance vMotion No Yes Yes No No
vGPU No Yes Yes No No
Predictive DRS No Yes** Yes No No
vSphere Monitoring No No Yes No No
Capacity Optimization No No Yes No No
Operations Visibility No No Yes No No

* Requires vCenter Server Standard.
** Requires vRealize Operations Standard.

The following table compares features of the VMware vSAN software editions.

Table 15. VMware vSAN software editions feature comparison
Feature VMware vSAN software edition
Standard Advanced Enterprise ROBO
Licensing Processor-based (per 1 processor) VM-based (per 25 VMs)
Cluster size 3 - 64 3 - 64 3 - 64 2
Storage-Policy Based Management Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Read/Write Caching Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distributed RAID Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Distributed Switch Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rack Awareness Yes Yes Yes Yes
vSphere Replication Yes Yes Yes Yes
Software Checksum Yes Yes Yes Yes
All-Flash Hardware Yes Yes Yes Yes
iSCSI Target Service Yes Yes Yes Yes
IOPS Limit Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deduplication and Compression No Yes* Yes* No
RAID-5/6 Erasure Coding No Yes* Yes* No
Data-at-Rest Encryption No No Yes No
Stretched Cluster with Local Failure Protection No No Yes No

* Requires All-Flash configurations; hybrid configurations not supported.

Systems management

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances support the following systems management tools:

  • Lenovo XClarity Controller
  • Light path diagnostics
  • Lenovo XClarity Administrator
  • Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter
  • VMware vCenter Server
  • Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager

Lenovo XClarity Controller

The ThinkAgile VX appliances contain Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise, which provides advanced service-processor control, monitoring, and alerting functions.

XClarity Controller Enterprise offers the following capabilities for the VX Series appliances:

  • Gathering and viewing system information and inventory
  • Monitoring system status and health
  • Alerting and notifications
  • Event logging
  • Syslog alerting
  • Configuring security
  • Updating system firmware
  • Real-time power usage monitoring
  • Displaying graphics for real-time and historical power usage data and temperature
  • Capping power usage
  • Remotely controlling power (Power on, Power off, Restart)

The XClarity Controller provides remote server management through the following interfaces:

  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Version 2.0
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Version 3
  • Common Information Model (CIM)
  • Data Center Manageability Interface (DCMI) Version 1.5
  • Redfish REpresentational State Transfer (REST) API
  • Web browser with HTML5 support
  • Command-line interface
  • Virtual Operator Panel with XClarity Mobile App via the front USB port with XClarity Controller access

Virtual Operator Panel provides quick access to system status, firmware, network, health, and alerts information. With proper authentication, it also allows to configure systems management and network settings and to control system power (Power on, Power off, Restart). The Virtual Operator Panel can be accessed from the XClarity Mobile App running on the Android or iOS mobile device that is connected to the front USB port with XClarity Controller access (See Components and connectors).

Light path diagnostics

The VX Series appliances include basic light path diagnostics, which provides the system LEDs on the front of the appliance and the LEDs near the monitored components (for example, the DIMM error LEDs on the system board).

Lenovo XClarity Administrator

Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a centralized systems management solution that helps administrators deliver infrastructure faster. This solution integrates easily with Lenovo x86 servers, VX Series appliances, RackSwitch switches, and DS Series storage, providing automated agent-less discovery, monitoring, firmware updates, and configuration management across multiple systems.

Lenovo XClarity Administrator is used for managing VX Series appliances, and it includes the Lenovo XClarity Pro subscription license that provides software support for XClarity Administrator and XClarity Integrator for the duration of the selected warranty period.

Lenovo XClarity Administrator offers the following features:

  • Auto-discovery and monitoring of VX Series appliances
  • Firmware updates and compliance enforcement
  • 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
  • Scripting support with Windows PowerShell, providing command-line visibility and control over hardware resources

Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter

Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter is a software plug-in module for Lenovo XClarity Administrator that allows administrators to manage physical infrastructure from leading external virtualization management software tool from VMware.

Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter offers the following features:

  • Ability to discover, manage, and monitor Lenovo appliance hardware from the virtualization management tool
  • Deployment of firmware updates to VX Series appliances from the virtualization management tool
  • Non-disruptive server maintenance in clustered environments that reduces workload downtime by dynamically migrating workloads from affected hosts during rolling server updates or reboots
  • Greater service level uptime and assurance in clustered environments during unplanned hardware events by dynamically triggering workload migration from impacted hosts when impending hardware failures are predicted

VMware vCenter Server

VMware vCenter Server provides centralized management of vSphere environments to simplify day-to-day operations and reduce the complexity of managing virtual infrastructure.

vCenter Server is required for managing VX Series appliances. The appliances can be added to an existing installation of vCenter Server, or the software license for the vCenter Server instance can be purchased from Lenovo by selecting one the following License and Subscription options:

  • VMware vCenter Server 6 Foundation for vSphere 6 (Per Instance) (manages up to 4 hosts)
  • VMware vCenter Server 6 Standard for vSphere 6 (Per Instance) (unlimited hosts)

The vCenter Server license purchased from Lenovo includes three or five years of support and subscription (matches the duration of the selected hardware warranty period).

VMware vCenter Server offers the following key features:

  • Centralized management of virtualized hosts and virtual machines from a single console.
  • Centralized inventory of virtual machines, hosts, datastores and networks.
  • Alerts and notifications can trigger automated workflows to remedy and preempt problems.
  • Host profiles standardize and simplify configuration and management of VMware ESXi hosts.
  • Resource management for virtual machines allows to control allocation of processor, memory, disk and network resources.
  • Continuously monitors utilization across resource pools and intelligently allocates available resources among virtual machines according to predefined rules
  • Automatically restarts virtual machines that have failed without manual intervention with VMware vSphere HA.
  • Maintains records of significant configuration changes and exports reports for event tracking.
  • Patch management enforces compliance to patch standards through automated scanning and patching of online ESXi hosts and select Microsoft and Linux virtual machines.

Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager

Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager provides a stand-alone, web-based agent-less power management console that provides real time data and enables you to observe, plan and manage power and cooling for Lenovo servers and appliances. Using built-in intelligence, it identifies server power consumption trends and ideal power settings and performs cooling analysis so that you can define and optimize power-saving policies.

Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager offers the following capabilities:

  • Reports vital system information, such as power, temperature and resource utilization
  • Monitors inlet temperature to locate hot spots, reducing the risk of data or device damage
  • Provides finely-grained controls to limit platform power in compliance with IT policy
  • Generates alerts when a user-defined threshold is reached

Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager is an optional, separately orderable software component for the VX Series appliances that is licensed on a per managed node basis; that is, each managed system requires a license.

The following table lists the geo-specific Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager software license options.

Table 16. Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager software options
Description Part number
(NA, AP, Japan)*
Part number
(EMEA, LA)**
Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager, 1 Node w/ 1 Yr S&S 01DA225 01DA228
Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager, 5 Nodes w/ 1 Yr S&S 01DA226 01DA229
Lenovo XClarity Energy Manager, 50 Nodes w/ 1 Yr S&S 01DA227 01DA230

* NA = North America; AP = Asia Pacific
** EMEA = Europe, Middle East, Africa; LA = Latin America

Physical specifications

The ThinkAgile VX7520 appliances have the following dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 87 mm (3.4 in.)
  • Width: 445 mm (17.5 in.)
  • Depth: 720 mm (28.3 in.)
  • Weight (maximum): 32 kg (70.5 lb)

Operating environment

The VX Series appliances comply with ASHRAE class A2 specifications. The appliance performance might be impacted when the operating temperature is outside the ASHRAE A2 specifications. Some VX Series appliances comply with ASHRAE class A3 and class A4 specifications. To comply with ASHRAE A3 and A4 specifications, the appliances must meet the following hardware configuration requirements:

  • Two power supplies installed
  • Processors with TDP more than or equal to 150 W not installed.
  • Intel Xeon 4112, 5122, 6126, 6128, 6132, 6134, 6134M, and 8156 processors not installed.

The VX7520 appliances are supported in the following environment:

  • Air temperature:
    • Operating:
      • ASHRAE Class A4: 5 °C - 45 °C (41 °F - 113 °F); for altitudes above 900 m (2,953 ft), decrease the maximum ambient temperature by 1 °C for every 125-m (410-ft) increase in altitude
      • ASHRAE Class A3: 5 °C - 40 °C (41 °F - 104 °F); for altitudes above 900 m (2,953 ft), decrease the maximum ambient temperature by 1 °C for every 175-m (574-ft) increase in altitude
      • ASHRAE Class A2: 10 °C - 35 °C (50 °F - 95 °F); for altitudes above 900 m (2,953 ft), decrease the maximum ambient temperature by 1 °C for every 300-m (984-ft) increase in altitude
    • Non-operating: 5 °C - 45 °C (41 °F - 113 °F)
    • Storage: -40 °C - +60 °C (-40 °F - 140 °F)
  • Maximum altitude: 3,050 m (10,000 ft)
  • Humidity:
    • Operating:
      • ASHRAE Class A4: 8% - 90% (non-condensing); maximum dew point: 24 °C (75 °F)
      • ASHRAE Class A3: 8% - 85% (non-condensing); maximum dew point: 24 °C (75 °F)
      • ASHRAE Class A2: 8% - 80% (non-condensing); maximum dew point: 21 °C (70 °F)
    • Storage: 8% - 90% (non-condensing)
  • Electrical:
    • 100 - 127 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz / 60 Hz (1100 W power supplies only)
    • 200 - 240 (nominal) V AC; 50 Hz / 60 Hz
    • 180 - 300 V DC (supported in China only)
  • Acoustics (maximum configuration, operating): 6.8 bels
  • Vibration:
    • Operating: 0.21 G rms at 5 Hz to 500 Hz for 15 minutes across 3 axes
    • Non-operating: 1.04 G rms at 2 Hz to 200 Hz for 15 minutes across 6 surfaces
  • Shock:
    • Operating: 15 G for 3 milliseconds in each direction (positive and negative X, Y, and Z axes)
    • Non-operating:
      • 12 kg - 22 kg: 50 G for 152 in./sec velocity change across 6 surfaces
      • 23 kg - 31 kg: 35 G for 152 in./sec velocity change across 6 surfaces

The following table lists the maximum system power load, rated inlet current, and system heat output based on the power supply and source voltage.

Table 17. Rated system power, inlet current, and system heat output
Power supply Source voltage Maximum power
load per system
(two power supplies)
Rated current
per inlet
System
heat output
1100W AC Platinum 100 - 127 V AC 1382 W 12 A 4715 BTU/hour
200 - 240 V AC 1408 W 6 A 4804 BTU/hour
180 - 300 V DC 1408 W 5.1 A 4804 BTU/hour
1600W AC Platinum 200 - 240 V AC 2068 W 8.7 A 7056 BTU/hour
180 - 300 V DC 2024 W 7.3 A 6906 BTU/hour

Regulatory compliance

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances conform to the following regulations:

  • United States FCC Part 15, Class A
  • Canada ICES-003/NMB-03, Class A
  • UL/CSA 60950-1
  • Mexico NOM-019
  • Argentina IEC60950-1
  • Japan VCCI, Class A
  • Australia/New Zealand AS/NZS CISPR 22, Class A
  • China CCC GB4943.1, GB9254 Class A, GB17625.1
  • Taiwan BSMI CNS13438, Class A; CNS14336-1
  • Korea KN22, Class A; KN24
  • Russia/GOST ME01; IEC-60950-1; GOST R 51318.22, 51318.24, 51317.3.2, and 51317.3.3
  • IEC 60950-1 (CB Certificate and CB Test Report)
  • Europe CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • CISPR 22, Class A
  • Germany TUV-GS (EN60950-1 /IEC60950-1,EK1-ITB2000)
  • Reduction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS)
  • Energy Star 2.1

Hardware warranty

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances can be configured with a three-year or five-year hardware warranty and software support with 24x7 call center support and various levels of coverage with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

The Lenovo local support centers perform problem determination and resolution for hardware-related issues and escalate to VMware, on behalf of the customer, for software-related problem determination. VMware will contact the customer and will own the software-related problem resolution until closure.

Note: Lenovo warranty service coverage levels are country-specific. Not all warranty service levels are available in every country.

The following table explains warranty service definitions.

Table 18. Warranty service definitions
Term Description
Parts Delivered If a problem with your product cannot be resolved via telephone and a CRU part is required, Lenovo will send a replacement CRU to arrive at your location. If a problem with your product cannot be resolved via telephone and a FRU part is required, a Service Technician will be dispatched to arrive at your location.  
Onsite Service If a problem with your product cannot be resolved via telephone, a Service Technician will be dispatched to arrive at your location. 
Hours of coverage
  • 9x5: 9 hours per day, 5 days per week, during normal business hours, excluding local public and national holidays
  • 24x7: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.
Response time target 2 hours, 4 hours, or Next Business Day: The time period from when the telephone based troubleshooting is completed and logged, to the delivery of the CRU or arrival of a Service Technician and part at the Customer’s location for repair.
Committed Repair 6 hours: The time period between the service request registration in Lenovo’s call management system and the restoration of the product to conformance with its specification by a Service Technician. 

The following Lenovo warranty service levels are available for the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances:

  • Three or five years of service coverage
    • Base warranty: 9x5 Next Business Day response with parts delivered
    • Foundation service: 9x5 Next Business Day onsite response
    • Essential service: 24x7 4-hour onsite response
    • Advanced service: 24x7 2-hour onsite response or 24x7 6-hour committed service 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 system. 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 is available with the Foundation, Essential, and Advanced service levels.

Software maintenance

The ThinkAgile VX Series appliances include a three-year or five-year software support and subscription (matches the duration of the selected hardware warranty period) that entitles you to submit service requests to troubleshoot VMware software issues and receive code updates, including fixes, patches, and new software releases.

The Lenovo local support centers perform problem determination and resolution for hardware-related issues and escalate to VMware, on behalf of the customer, for software-related problem determination. VMware will contact the customer and will own the software-related problem resolution until closure.

For the VMware vCenter software and subscription license provided by the customer, software support that is provided by VMware is based on the support level included with this license.

For the VMware vSphere, vSAN, and vCenter Server software and subscription licenses purchased from Lenovo together with the ThinkAgile VX Series, software support that is provided by VMware includes Production-level support with 24x7 phone and web coverage with the following target response times (priorities are defined by VMware based on the impact on productivity):

  • Severity 1 (Critical: Substantial loss or disruption of service, significant risk of data loss): 30 minutes
  • Severity 2 (Major: Operations are severely constrained, significant impact): 4 business hours
  • Severity 3 (Minor: Non-critical loss of functionality, minimal impact): 8 business hours
  • Severity 4 (Cosmetic: General questions): 12 business hours

Deployment services

The following Lenovo Professional Services are available for the ThinkAgile VX Series solutions 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 XCC management settings
  • Configuring hypervisor settings
  • Configuring vSAN
  • Configuring VMware vCenter Server and discovering hosts and storage
  • Configuring Lenovo XClarity network settings and performing discovery and inventory
  • Transferring knowledge
  • Developing post-installation documentation

Ethernet LAN switches

The following table lists the Ethernet LAN switches that are offered by Lenovo that can be used with the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances.

Table 19. Ethernet LAN switches
Description Part number Feature code
1 Gb Ethernet switches (IPMI management)
Lenovo RackSwitch G7028 (Rear to Front) 7159BAX AT09
Lenovo RackSwitch G7052 (Rear to Front) 7159CAX AT0A
Lenovo RackSwitch G8052 (Rear to Front) 7159G52 ASY2
10 Gb Ethernet switches (10 GbE host connectivity)
Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1032 RackSwitch (Rear to Front) 7159A1X AU3A
Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1032T RackSwitch (Rear to Front) 7159B1X AU38
Lenovo ThinkSystem NE1072T RackSwitch (Rear to Front) 7159C1X AU36
Lenovo RackSwitch G8124E (Rear to Front) 7159BR6 AT0B
Lenovo RackSwitch G8272 (Rear to Front) 7159CRW ASRD
Lenovo RackSwitch G8296 (Rear to Front) 7159GR6 ASVM
25 Gb Ethernet switches (10/25 GbE host connectivity)
Lenovo ThinkSystem NE2572 RackSwitch (Rear to Front) 7159E1X AV19
40 Gb Ethernet switches (40 GbE aggregation layer; 10 GbE breakout host connectivity)
Lenovo RackSwitch G8332 (Rear to Front) 7159BRX ASY4
100 Gb Ethernet switches (40 GbE/100 GbE aggregation layer; 10 GbE/25 GbE breakout host connectivity)
Lenovo ThinkSystem NE10032 RackSwitch (Rear to Front) 7159D1X AV17

For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Top-of-rack Switches category:
http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/switches#rt=product-guide

Rack cabinets

The following table lists the rack cabinets that are offered by Lenovo that can be used with the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances.

Table 20. Rack cabinets
Description Part number Feature code
25U S2 Standard Rack (1000 mm deep; 2 sidewall compartments) 93072RX 1042
25U Static S2 Standard Rack (1000 mm deep; 2 sidewall compartments) 93072PX 6690
42U S2 Standard Rack (1000 mm deep; 6 sidewall compartments) 93074RX 1043
42U 1100mm Enterprise V2 Dynamic Rack (6 sidewall compartments) 93634PX A1RC
42U 1100mm Enterprise V2 Dynamic Expansion Rack (6 sidewall compartments) 93634EX A1RD
42U 1200mm Deep Dynamic Rack (6 sidewall compartments) 93604PX 7649
42U 1200mm Deep Static Rack (6 sidewall compartments) 93614PX 7651
42U Enterprise Rack (1105 mm deep; 4 sidewall compartments) 93084PX 5621
42U Enterprise Expansion Rack (1105 mm deep; 4 sidewall compartments) 93084EX 5622

For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Rack Cabinets category:
http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/racks#rt=product-guide

Power distribution units

The following table lists the power distribution units (PDUs) that are offered by Lenovo that can be used with the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances.

Table 21. Power distribution units
Description Part number Feature code
0U Basic PDUs
0U 36 C13/6 C19 24A/200-240V 1 Phase PDU with NEMA L6-30P line cord 00YJ776 ATZY
0U 36 C13/6 C19 32A/200-240V 1 Phase PDU with IEC60309 332P6 line cord 00YJ777 ATZZ
0U 21 C13/12 C19 32A/200-240V/346-415V 3 Phase PDU with IEC60309 532P6 cord 00YJ778 AU00
0U 21 C13/12 C19 48A/200-240V 3 Phase PDU with IEC60309 460P9 line cord 00YJ779 ATZX
Switched and Monitored PDUs
0U 20 C13/4 C19 Switched and Monitored 24A/200-240V/1Ph PDU w/ NEMA L6-30P cord 00YJ781 AU03
0U 20 C13/4 C19 Switched / Monitored 32A/200-240V/1Ph PDU w/ IEC60309 332P6 cord 00YJ780 AU01
0U 18 C13/6 C19 Sw. / Mon. 32A/200-240/346-415V/3Ph PDU w/ IEC60309 532P6 cord 00YJ782 AU02
0U 12 C13/12 C19 Switched / Monitored 48A/200-240V/3Ph PDU w/ IEC60309 460P9 cord 00YJ783 AU04
1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored DPI PDU (without line cord) 46M4002 5896
1U 9 C19/3 C13 Switched and Monitored 60A 3Ph PDU with IEC 309 3P+Gnd cord 46M4003 5897
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored DPI PDU (without line cord) 46M4004 5894
1U 12 C13 Switched and Monitored 60A 3 Phase PDU with IEC 309 3P+Gnd line cord 46M4005 5895
Ultra Density Enterprise PDUs (9x IEC 320 C13 + 3x IEC 320 C19 outlets)
Ultra Density Enterprise C19/C13 PDU Module (without line cord) 71762NX 6050
Ultra Density Enterprise C19/C13 PDU 60A/208V/3ph with IEC 309 3P+Gnd line cord 71763NU 6051
C13 Enterprise PDUs (12x IEC 320 C13 outlets)
DPI C13 Enterprise PDU+ (without line cord) 39M2816 6030
DPI Single Phase C13 Enterprise PDU (without line cord) 39Y8941 6010
C19 Enterprise PDUs (6x IEC 320 C19 outlets)
DPI Single Phase C19 Enterprise PDU (without line cord) 39Y8948 6060
DPI 60A 3 Phase C19 Enterprise PDU with IEC 309 3P+G (208 V) fixed line cord 39Y8923 6061
Front-end PDUs (3x IEC 320 C19 outlets)
DPI 30amp/125V Front-end PDU with NEMA L5-30P line cord 39Y8938 6002
DPI 30amp/250V Front-end PDU with NEMA L6-30P line cord 39Y8939 6003
DPI 32amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd line cord 39Y8934 6005
DPI 60amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd line cord 39Y8940 6004
DPI 63amp/250V Front-end PDU with IEC 309 2P+Gnd line cord 39Y8935 6006
Universal PDUs (7x IEC 320 C13 outlets)
DPI Universal 7 C13 PDU (with 2 m IEC 320-C19 to C20 rack power cord) 00YE443 5950
Line cords for PDUs that ship without a line cord
DPI 30a Line Cord (NEMA L6-30P) 40K9614 6500
DPI 32a Line Cord (IEC 309 P+N+G) 40K9612 6502
DPI 32a Line Cord (IEC 309 3P+N+G) 40K9611 6504
DPI 60a Cord (IEC 309 2P+G) 40K9615 6501
DPI 63a Cord (IEC 309 P+N+G) 40K9613 6503
DPI Australian/NZ 3112 Line Cord (32A) 40K9617 6505
DPI Korean 8305 Line Cord (30A) 40K9618 6506

For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Power Distribution Units category:
http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/pdu#rt=product-guide

Uninterruptible power supply units

The following table lists the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units that are offered by Lenovo that can be used with the ThinkAgile VX Series appliances.

Table 22. Uninterruptible power supply units
Description Part number Feature code
RT1.5kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (8x IEC 320 C13 10A outlets) 55941KX A53T
RT2.2kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (8x IEC 320 C13 10A, 1x C19 16A outlets) 55942KX A53V
RT3kVA 2U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (8x IEC 320 C13 10A, 1x C19 16A outlets) 55943KX A53X
RT5kVA 3U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (8x IEC 320 C13 10A, 2x C19 16A outlets) 55945KX A540
RT6kVA 3U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (8x IEC 320 C13 10A, 2x C19 16A outlets) 55946KX A541
RT8kVA 6U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (4x IEC 320-C19 16A outlets) 55948KX A543
RT11kVA 6U Rack or Tower UPS (200-240VAC) (4x IEC 320-C19 16A outlets) 55949KX A544
RT8kVA 6U 3:1 Phase Rack or Tower UPS (380-415VAC) (4x IEC 320-C19 16A outlets) 55948PX A546
RT11kVA 6U 3:1 Phase Rack or Tower UPS (380-415VAC) (4x IEC 320-C19 16A outlets) 55949PX A547

For more information, see the list of Product Guides in the Uninterruptible Power Supply Units category:
http://lenovopress.com/servers/options/ups#rt=product-guide

Lenovo Financial Services

Lenovo Financial Services reinforces Lenovo’s commitment to deliver pioneering products and services that are recognized for their quality, excellence, and trustworthiness. Lenovo Financial Services offers financing solutions and services that complement your technology solution anywhere in the world.

We are dedicated to delivering a positive finance experience for customers like you who want to maximize your purchase power by obtaining the technology you need today, protect against technology obsolescence, and preserve your capital for other uses.

We work with businesses, non-profit organizations, governments and educational institutions to finance their entire technology solution. We focus on making it easy to do business with us. Our highly experienced team of finance professionals operates in a work culture that emphasizes the importance of providing outstanding customer service. Our systems, processes and flexible policies support our goal of providing customers with a positive experience.

We finance your entire solution. Unlike others, we allow you to bundle everything you need from hardware and software to service contracts, installation costs, training fees, and sales tax. If you decide weeks or months later to add to your solution, we can consolidate everything into a single invoice.

Our Premier Client services provide large accounts with special handling services to ensure these complex transactions are serviced properly. As a premier client, you have a dedicated finance specialist who manages your account through its life, from first invoice through asset return or purchase. This specialist develops an in-depth understanding of your invoice and payment requirements. For you, this dedication provides a high-quality, easy, and positive financing experience.

For your region specific offers please ask your Lenovo sales representative or your technology provider about the use of Lenovo Financial Services. For more information, see the following Lenovo website:
http://www.lenovofs.com

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