Lenovo and VMWare partner to offer resilient edge computing

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Lenovo and VMWare partner to offer resilient edge computing

Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) claims to be the first-to-market with VMware’s software solution for the edge running on the resilient ThinkSystem SE350 Edge Servers.  

The new solution will be delivered directly to customer edge sites with the VMware software solution pre-loaded on a pair of ruggedised and security enhanced ThinkSystem SE350. In addition, Lenovo has also enhanced its Lenovo Open Cloud Automation management software to automate the planning, deployment and ongoing management of datacentre cloud deployments all the way to edge sites. Organisations can now plan their datacentre cloud and edge infrastructure solutions using the same management software.

Hybrid models

Charles Ferland, VP and GM, Edge Computing and Communication Service Providers at Lenovo ISG, said: “For better business continuity, improved applications and user experiences, hybrid cloud models are being deployed both in the cloud and at the edge. The new solution supports this hybrid model.

“It can save up to half of the servers normally needed and takes full advantage of the built-in networking features of the ThinkSystem SE350 to further remove any other networking elements at the edge sites.”

This new solution is said to be ideal for remote sites that need to be able to process data closer to its creation and closer to users, including retail stores, manufacturing sites and schools. The ruggedized nature of the ThinkSystem SE350 enables the solution to sustain extreme temperatures and high levels of shock. In addition, the encrypted hard disks along with motion and tamper detection will be in place to help keep the data and device safe.

Deployment of distant edge sites requires a management toolset that seamlessly allows organisations to automate tasks, without requiring specialiaed staff on-site. Lenovo said it has enhanced its Lenovo Open Cloud Automation software solution to include edge-supported features, driving accelerated time to value for customers with cutting-edge management capabilities. This single interface automates the planning, deployment and ongoing lifecycle management of the physical and virtual infrastructure required to host cloud applications in the datacentre and at thousands of edge sites.​

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