Lenovo Certified Configurations for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI (S2D)Positioning Information

8 May 2020
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With the recent rapid growth and adoption of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), many customers in the public sector, enterprise, and service provider spaces are seeing the value of deploying Microsoft HCI solutions based on the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) capability built into Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.

The benefits of LenovoĀ® HCI solutions include:

  • Highly available and scale-on-demand compute/storage integrated solutions
  • Easy to provision new IT services and reduce deployment time
  • Better performance and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Flexible infrastructure and data centers

This document provides background information regarding the Microsoft Windows Server Software-Defined (WSSD) program for Windows Server 2016 and the Microsoft Azure Stack HCI program for Windows Server 2019, as well as the benefits of deploying certified configurations based on the Lenovo ThinkAgileā„¢ MX Certified Node. It also provides details of the current Lenovo certified configurations for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI, including processor, memory, network, and storage components included with each cluster node.

Table of Contents

Microsoft HCI certification overview
ThinkAgile MX Certified Node
Lenovo certified configurations for Microsoft S2D
Component selection
Lenovo network switches
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Change History

Changes in the May 2020 update:

  • Added ThinkAgile MX1021 on SE350 to the ThinkAgile MX Certified Nodes family, including example configurations NN16T1a (single-tier all-NVMe), NN12T1a (two-tier all-NVMe), and SS08T1a (single-tier all-SSD)
  • Added a section that discusses special configuration details for the ThinkSystem SE350 Edge Server in ThinkAgile MX1021 on SE350 solutions
  • Added supported data storage devices to Table 4 for ThinkAgile MX1021 on SE350

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