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.