Lenovo has released a whitepaper Reference Architecture for Workloads using the Lenovo Converged HX Series Nutanix Appliances.
The intended audience for this document is technical IT architects, system administrators, and managers who are interested in executing workloads on the Lenovo Converged HX Series Nutanix Appliances. The abbreviated term of HX Series is used in the remainder of this document. HX Series appliances provide a hyper-converged infrastructure. Hyper-converged means incorporating multiple components like compute and storage into a single entity through software. A hyper-converged infrastructure seamlessly pools compute and storage to deliver high performance for the virtual workloads and provides flexibility to combine the local storage using a distributed file system to eliminate shared storage such as SAN or NAS. These factors make the solution cost effective without compromising the performance. Chapter 2 provides a technical overview of the HX Series appliances and explains why the combination of Lenovo servers and Nutanix software provides best of breed system performance and reliability. Each of the subsequent chapters in the document describes a particular virtualized workload and provides recommendations on what appliance model to use and how to size the appliance to that workload. Some best practice recommendations are also listed. HX Series appliances are not limited to just the workloads described in this reference architecture and can execute any virtualized workload on the supported hypervisors.
Lenovo Converged HX Series appliances are designed to help you simplify IT infrastructure, reduce costs, and accelerate time to value. These hyper-converged appliances from Lenovo combine industry-leading hyper-convergence software from Nutanix with Lenovo enterprise platforms and are designed to support a variety of workloads and deliver optimized performance.
This version of the document describes two workloads and more will be added in the near future:
- Citrix XenDesktop
- VMware Horizon
The final chapter provides references about the HX Series appliances and Nutanix software.