Lenovo has announced an as-a-Service acquisition model for its ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile product portfolios called TruScale Infrastructure Services. It is a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for Lenovo hardware, integrated OEM software and services. TruScale can be applied to an on premises data center or another customer-preferred location such as a colocation facility. Customers are not required to purchase equipment or to separately license the pre-integrated software.
We note that as-a-Service offerings are growing in number and variety for which we have identified four categories:
Lenovo fits into the category of vendors who offer their own infrastructure on an optional as-a-service basis.
TruScale Infrastructure Services are offered for any ThinkSystems or ThinkAgile configuration that meets a customer’s needs – whether storage-rich, server-heavy, hyperconverged or high-performance compute (HPC) – and can be scaled as the customer dictates. The ThinkAgile HX Series integrates Nutanix software onto Lenovo’s. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliance solution that combines VMware’s vSAN software with vSphere and vCenter, running on clustered, Lenovo ThinkSystem servers. The Lenovo VX Series leverages the on-going advancements of VMware’s vSAN technology.
TruScale services include:
Lenovo’s metering solution remains outside of the customer’s data plane. The customer portal provides the ability for customers to view consumption in real time, enabling the ability to control and predict costs. This, along with an assigned Customer Success Manager, enables customers to have easy access to any level of detail needed, as well as guidance to drive problem resolution.
TruScale is available through Lenovo sales representatives and channel partners world-wide. In addition, Lenovo partners can layer-on their own services.
Lenovo’s TruScale Infrastructure Services include hardware installation, deployment, management, maintenance and end-of-term removal, and are available under the following terms and conditions:
Lenovo TruScale customers can now acquire any Lenovo ThinkSystem or ThinkAgile systems on an as-a-service basis directly from Lenovo or Lenovo partners. When a TruScale
System is delivered by a partner, the customer can take advantage of whatever additional services are offered by the partner.
 For more information on Lenovo’s ThingAgile VX Series, see the Evaluator Group Product Brief.