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Lenovo ThinkSystem edge servers now certified for HCI

Lenovo ThinkSystem edge servers now certified for HCI

Edge infrastructure company announced it has certified Lenovo’s compact and rugged Edge Compute Server – the ThinkSystem SE350 – for use with Sunlight’s hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) stack. Certification results confirm the combined solution is ideal for data-intensive applications at the edge, such as IoT and AI due to the small footprint and high performance possible.

The sky-rocketing use of applications such as AI and IoT often requires decisions to be made in real time, close to the source. For example, adjusting blade pitch on a wind turbine in response to changing wind conditions, or spotting and picking a defective component off a conveyor belt on the factory floor. These use cases require fast time to decision, in environments that are far from ideal – often with limited space and power and intermittent connectivity.

Lenovo has responded to these requirements with its workhorse, the ThinkSystem SE350. The SE350 offers smart connectivity, security, and manageability for workloads running in harsh environments. Coupled with Sunlight’s HCI, it is the ideal platform for deploying multi-tenant VM-based and cloud-native applications with high availability, high performance and centralised management at low cost.

Lenovo and Sunlight conducted certification testing on the SE350 in Lenovo’s demo lab in Stuttgart. The testing not only proved full system compatibility, but also:

– The complete Sunlight HCI stack can be installed on the SE350 in under an hour

– Sunlight memory overhead was less than 5% of total system resources – leaving maximum capacity for applications

– Storage performance available to virtual machines was nearly 2M IOPS across a two node cluster

Sunlight’s founder and CEO, Julian Chesterfield notes: “The Lenovo SE350 is a powerful multi-purpose edge device. We showed that running it with Sunlight allows multiple applications to be run with high availability, full isolation and access to millions of IOPS of storage performance – all in a 2 node cluster. That’s not possible with regular data center hyperconverged solutions as they take up most of an edge cluster’s resources just to boot – let alone run applications.”

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