Lenovo TruScale is an as-a-Service acquisition model for its ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile product portfolios. It is a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for Lenovo hardware, integrated with VMware vSAN or Nutanix HCI software with hardware support services provided by Lenovo. 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.
Lenovo TruScale is targeted at users of Nutanix and VMware HCI systems. As such, customers can now acquire these HCI 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.
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 HCI software onto Lenovo’s hardware platform. Lenovo ThinkSystem VX Series is a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliance solution that combines VMware’s vSAN software with vSphere and vCenter, running on clustered servers. The Lenovo VX Series leverages the on-going advancements of VMware’s vSAN technology1.
Lenovo uses a unique resource usage model based on power consumption. An ASIC on the motherboard of the server has knowledge of the server’s power consumption for CPU and memory. This data is sent via VPN to an xClarity administrator within a Lenovo data center that collects power information from TruScale servers. Customer are charged on the basis of power consumption when the server is actually processing workloads as opposed to sitting idle. The xClarity administrator also collects system information that can be used to remotely manage the server and generate alerts.
Resource usage is metered and measured in kilowatts per hour (kWh), and at any time, customers can access a portal to look at resource usage (broken out by compute, storage & I/O) to track budgeted vs. actual use. Through this portal, IT administrators can also log and manage service-related items.
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