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Lenovo Unveils DX8200D Software-Defined Storage Solution

The appliance leverages storage virtualization to drive higher agility and simplicity with existing SAN arrays.

By ChannelPro

Lenovo has introduced the DX8200D, a new software-defined storage (SDS) appliance that combines the company’s x3650 M5 server platform with DataCore SANsymphony, an advanced storage virtualization software.

Lenovo plans to offer the DX8200D as a pre-integrated appliance, which promises to greatly simplify deployment and reduce management expenses while providing a single point of support. The latest offering in the company’s SDS portfolio enables data centers to quickly deploy a turnkey solution that harnesses the capabilities of existing SAN arrays. The DX8200D can optimize heterogeneous storage infrastructures, allowing them to scale as needs grow and easily replace older storage arrays. It also provides data protection, replication, de-duplication, compression, and other enterprise storage capabilities through its centralized interface.

The DX8200D is designed to take isolated storage devices, sometimes spread between different locations, and places them under one common set of enterprise-wide services. This enables it to pool collective resources, managing the devices centrally and uniformly despite the differences and incompatibilities among manufacturers, models, and generations of equipment.

With the DX8200D, states Lenovo, data centers can see up to a 90-percent decrease in time spend on storage management and support tasks, up to a 75-percent reduction in storage costs, and up to 100-percent reduction in storage-related downtime. For more information including pricing and availability, visit www.lenovo.com.

Lenovo Storage DX8200D Specifications

Form factor

2U Rack-mount (Machine Type 5135).

Node type

  • Storage virtualization node
  • Server SAN node

Node configuration

From 2 to 64 nodes per managed group for high availability and load balancing.

Processor

Two Intel Xeon processor E5-2620 v4 CPUs, each with:

  • 8 cores (2.1 GHz core speeds)
  • Two QPI links up to 8.0 GT/s each
  • 20 MB cache
  • Up to 2133 MHz memory speed

Memory

24 DIMM sockets. Support 32 GB TruDDR4 RDIMMs. Memory speed up to 2133 MHz.

Memory capacity

Up to 768 GB with 24x 32 GB RDIMMs.

Boot volume

2x 600 GB 2.5-in. 10K rpm 12 Gbps SAS hot-swap HDDs in a RAID-1 drive group connected to the M5210 RAID controller.

Drive bays

24x 2.5-inch (SFF) hot-swap drive bays.

Drives

  • 400 GB, 800 GB, and 1.6 TB 12 Gbps SAS SSDs
  • 1 TB and 2 TB 7.2K rpm NL SAS HDDs

Internal storage capacity

Up to 32 TB of usable storage (4x RAID-5 drive groups with 5x 1 TB SFF NL SAS HDDs each)

I/O expansion slots

Seven slots:

  • Slot 3: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the ServeRAID M1215)
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 5: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 6: PCIe 3.0 x8 or x16 (for an FC HBA) (x16 slot is double-wide)
  • Slot 7: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for an FC HBA) (not present if the slot 6 is PCIe x16)
  • Slot 8: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 9: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the ServeRAID M5210)

Connectivity interfaces

  • 6x 10 GbE RJ-45 (3x Intel X540-T2) or SFP+ (3x Intel X520) ports
  • Up to optional 4x 16 Gb Fibre Channel ports with up to 2x QLogic dual-port FC HBAs.

Storage protocols

  • Host connectivity: Network File System (NFS), Server Message Block (SMB), iSCSI, optional Fibre Channel.
  • External storage connectivity: iSCSI, optional Fibre Channel.

Software

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
  • DataCore SANsymphony (node- and capacity-based licensing): Storage pools, automated storage tiering, multipathing, load balancing, high-speed caching, quality of service (QoS) online snapshots, thin provisioning, data compression and deduplication, data migration, and synchronous mirroring. Optional continuous data protection (CDP) and asynchronous replication.

Ports

  • Front: 2x USB 2.0 and 1x DB-15 VGA.
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0, 1x DB-15 VGA, and 1x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet (RJ-45) systems management.