Data centers can standardize on a unified, robust and affordable rack-level, or top of rack, network infrastructure to provision hyperscale environments, high-performance clusters and virtualized data centers. Lenovo ThinkSystem RackSwitch is part of an SDDC (Software Defined Data Center), supporting hyperconvergence, Microsoft Azure Stack, VMware with flexible management interfaces and an open software architecture. It is part of an industry-standard management ecosystem.
|Category||Data Center Switch (Leaf/Edge or Spine/Core)|
|Applicable Verticals||Cloud Service Providers, Communication Service Providers (Telcos), Financials, Government and Education, Healthcare, Retail and SMB|
|NG Data Center Networking Relevancy||
Lenovo designs leaf, spine, Clos for hybrid cloud with Ansible, Chef, Puppet, REST API for automation and AzureStack, VMware, Nutanix and OpenStack for SDDC. Tungsten Fabric based SDN controller is in PoC and Cumulus support is in plan.
Lenovo switches work “Better Together”, providing architected DC solutions, optimized for cloud workloads. Modern CNOS supports ThinkAgile Network Orchestrator that sends Nutanix Prism VM updates to the network directly & manages policies. It supports SDDC with VMware, Ansible, OpenStack & Microsoft Azure Stack to fit well into a modern hybrid & multi-cloud datacenter. App-aware automation, telemetry, & devops support centralize operations. Leaf-spine switches are open, reliable & offer low TCO.
|Areas of Deployment||Inter-Datacenter and Intra-Datacenter|
|Orchestration Integration||OpenStack, VMware vCloud Suite, Microsoft Azure Stack, Tungsten Fabric|
|Orchestration Integration Details||
Lenovo offers both integrated and validated solutions for DC stack:
|Open Compute Project (OCP) Support||Yes|
|Supported OCP Initiatives||Networking and Telco|
|Linux Foundation (LF) Support||Yes|
|Supported Linux Foundation Initiatives||LFN, Tungsten Fabric, Non-LF projects: OpenStack|
|Key Customers||Enterprise, Telco, Cloud providers, Finance sector, Newtek, Jiffy Lube, Federal Hill Solutions, Accutech, TV2 Media Group.|
|Key Partners||Microsoft (Azure Stack, Database, Cloud), Nutanix (Hyperconverged), VMware (SDDC / VSAN / VXLAN), Red Hat (OpenStack, Ansible), IBM (HortonWorks)|
In addition to above value prop, customers can get one stop shopping for all DC needs. We offer simplified management for both server & switches. Customers can future proof their Data Center as Lenovo includes all software features with our switches while others charge additional fees for features, options and expansion. Also included is a 3-year, NBD warranty for all switches, against 1 year-10BD by competition. Designed specifically for Data Center, our switches reduce cost, complexity and offer high performance. Lenovo switches are tested and documented with our reference architectures that cover most use cases speeding time-to-live on new installations. Customers can build their DC with our competitive leaf-spine offering.
|Container and VM Support||
Lenovo Nutanix solution accelerates VLAN migration. We now offer VXLAN Gateway support that greatly reduces the load on the server, moving the VXLAN processing and overhead to the switch itself.
CNOS Plugins are included for Ansible, Chef and Puppet to support devops and automation that reduce the day-to-day admin, supporting efficient centralized VM administration, a key to hybrid cloud success in the data center. Lenovo includes a full REST API with the Cloud NOS. It enables network administrators to remotely configure and manage a Lenovo switch using REST and HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
Lenovo’s pricing offers the best competitive value – low TCO, low latency, high throughput and interoperability. All SW / HW features enabled, incl. access to eco partner plugins for management, control, automation & devops. Includes 3 year services.
|Performance and Scalability||
Platform is the well known Broadcom ASIC and Intel CPU. Lenovo Cloud NOS provides a high performance Linux architecture designed for more endpoints and redundant leaf/spine designs for data reliability. View a Tolly report on performance advantages.
|Visibility & Troubleshooting Capabilities||
XClarity provides data center monitoring, reporting, firmware administration and port control. Switch telemetry provides real time quality stats through an included Ganglia plugin. Plans include additional prediction and diagnostic features.