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

25 Aug 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 August 2020 update:

  • Added reference to Lenovo Press document ThinkAgile MX1021 on SE350 Azure Stack HCI (S2D) Deployment Guide
  • Updated configuration details for some all-flash configurations, since the Cavium/QLogic 25GbE network adapter has now been certified for these configurations
  • Added Mellanox ConnectX-6 HDR100 QSFP56 PCIe InfiniBand Adapters (1-port and 2-port models) as supported and certified network adapters for high performance all-flash configurations
  • Added the SE350 Wireless Network Module as a supported and certified network module for ThinkAgile MX1021 on SE350
  • Updated storage device tables (Table 3 on page 22 and Table 4 on page 23) with new supported drives and removed devices that are no longer available
  • Updated storage device tables (Table 3 on page 22 and Table 4 on page 23) to include boot device
  • Updated Table 5 on page 24 with additional storage devices that have or will soon reach their end of life

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