Lenovo Certified Configurations for Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)Positioning Information

3 Jul 2019
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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 Lenovo 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 ThinkAgile MX Certified Node. It also provides details of the current Lenovo certified configurations for Microsoft 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 July 2019 update:

  • Replaced NS58T1a all-flash configuration with NS61T1a to ensure the number of capacity devices (16) is an equal multiple of cache devices (4)
  • Added an All-SSD configuration example (SS92T1a)
  • Added an All-NVMe configuration example (NN38T1a)
  • Updated storage device tables
  • Corrected typos and updated graphics for accuracy

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