Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) has expanded its portfolio of IT infrastructure solutions to include Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 and Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7100, providing validated solutions for Azure cloud tiering.

As companies implement Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and 5G technologies, an increase in connected devices would drive an explosion of data created, analyzed, stored and managed from the edge to the core. For enterprises building end-to-end applications that leverage Azure, the new Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 and ThinkSystem DM7100 provide validated solutions for Azure cloud tiering.

Kamran Amini
“Lenovo’s technology architecture is purpose-built to deliver real-time, valuable insights from edge to core to cloud, enabling a new era of intelligence where customers can fully realize the potential of the data at their disposal,” said Kamran Amini, Lenovo Data Center Group.

“New business insights and innovation are increasingly dependent on analyzing data ‘at the edge’ and efficiently storing data in the cloud,” said Talal Alqinawi, Senior Director Azure Marketing from Microsoft. “That’s why we are collaborating with partners such as Lenovo on platforms and are working together to deliver Microsoft Azure Stack HCI on Lenovo’s ruggedized, compact ThinkAgile edge computing platform in tandem with Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series All-Flash Storage for transparent cloud tiering to Azure.”

These new Lenovo solutions for Azure-based cloud environments are optimized to leverage customers’ data opportunities in retail, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and beyond:

  • Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 based on ThinkSystem SE350 would harness the power of Microsoft Azure Stack HCI at the edge to reduce latency and analyze data where it’s produced, providing secured data movement directly to the data center or to Azure in the public cloud.
  • Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7100 storage solutions would accelerate and protect data with integrated Azure cloud tiering and mobility capabilities, ideal for customers deploying end-to-end enterprise Azure-based solutions that need instant access to business-critical data in volume.

“At a time when the speed and agility of processes critically impacts your daily business operations, our customers demand more powerful, secure and flexible solutions,” said Kamran Amini, Vice President and General Manager of Server, Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure at Lenovo DCG. “Lenovo’s technology architecture is purpose-built to deliver real-time, valuable insights from edge to core to cloud, enabling a new era of intelligence where customers can fully realize the potential of the data at their disposal.”

Customer Scenarios

Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 – For retailers looking to reduce inventory losses, customer sentiment analysis data can be analyzed in real time at the edge to proactively address challenges. In manufacturing, edge servers can collect sensor data, enabling real-time monitoring to increase efficiency and productivity of manufacturing plants. When ThinkAgile MX1021 is combined with Azure Stack Hub and Azure IoT Hub, healthcare organizations can tier medical data and increase efficiency of clinical, customer and operational analytics.

Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7100 – All-Flash Array and Hybrid Flash storage solutions accelerate mission critical applications with end-to-end NVMe technology while delivering integrated, secured hybrid cloud capability for Microsoft Azure and other public cloud provider solutions. Delivering All-Flash performance with integrated Azure cloud tiering would enable customers to deploy applications that leverage Azure with consistent data management across the enterprise. Users will also retain enterprise data reduction capabilities in the cloud, allowing them to significantly reduce their cloud footprint.

For retailers, improved transaction rates from All-Flash NVMe storage would allow them to put collected data to work – whether it’s managing real-time inventory information or speeding e-commerce to streamline customer delivery times. The Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7100 “with significantly faster performance and seamless cloud integration” is designed to securely supercharge data at cloud economics.

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