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Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub: SXM4400, SXM6400

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Abstract

The Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub ("ThinkAgile SXM") solution delivers a pre-integrated, easy-to-deploy rack-level solution for hybrid cloud to dramatically reduce time-to-value and total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution is based on Lenovo's industry-leading data center infrastructure and Microsoft Azure Stack, an extension of Microsoft Azure Services to on-premises environments.

This product guide provides essential technical and pre-sale information on the ThinkAgile SXM models SXM4400 and SXM6400, their key features and specifications, components and options, and configuration guidelines.

This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about the ThinkAgile SXM and consider its use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the November 2022 update:

  • Added table to show network switch connection types, the purpose of each, throughput speed, and the physical layer used to carry traffic

Introduction

Lenovo ThinkAgile SXM delivers a pre-integrated, easy-to-deploy rack-level solution for hybrid cloud to dramatically reduce time-to-value and total cost of ownership (TCO). The solution is based on Lenovo's industry-leading data center infrastructure and Microsoft Azure Stack Hub, an extension of Microsoft Azure Services to on-premises environments.

Suggested workloads for the ThinkAgile SXM include virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), back-office applications, server consolidation, enterprise applications, databases, test and development environments, and cloud implementation. Starting with as few as four nodes to keep your acquisition costs down, the solution offers “pay as you grow” scalability as your needs grow.

Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack Hub
Figure 1. Lenovo ThinkAgile SXM

Did you know?

The ThinkAgile SXM ships fully integrated into a rack cabinet, tested, configured, and ready to be plugged in and turned on; it is designed to integrate into an existing infrastructure effortlessly, to accelerate time to value and reduce infrastructure maintenance costs.

There is no up-front cloud software license acquisition cost for the ThinkAgile SXM, monthly billing is based on the actual resource usage (capacity-based licenses are also available).

Lenovo provides ThinkAgile Advantage Single Point of Support for the entire ThinkAgile solution with the nodes, networking, and software, for quicker problem determination and minimized downtime.

Key features

The Lenovo ThinkAgile SXM solution integrates computing, storage, networking, and management, and it is designed with industry-standard building blocks, including hyperconverged nodes that are built on powerful and highly reliable Lenovo ThinkSystem servers and Microsoft Azure Stack Hub software that extends Azure technologies on-premises.

ThinkAgile SXM includes the ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U model that can be scaled from 4 to 8 nodes, the ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U model that can be scaled from 4 to 16 nodes, and the ThinkAgile SXM6400 model that ships with 16 nodes.

The ThinkAgile SXM can also be deployed in a customer-provided rack cabinet with scaling from 4 to 16 nodes.

ThinkAgile SXM offers the following key features:

  • Scalable ThinkAgile SXM configurations of an on-premises, hyperconverged, hybrid cloud platform designed to optimize workload performance and provide the IT agility for business demands.
  • Flexible monthly billing that is based on actual resource usage helps lower acquisition cost for the entire solution by eliminating upfront cloud software licensing fees.
  • Factory-integrated, pre-configured ready-to-go solutions that are delivered in a Lenovo rack cabinet or can be installed in a customer-provided rack cabinet, with all the hardware customers need for their workloads: servers, storage, and network switches, plus Azure Stack Hub cloud software and Lenovo XClarity hardware management tools.
  • Designed for effortless integration into existing infrastructures, thereby reducing deployment time and saving money.
  • Lenovo deployment services that are included with the solution help get customers up and running quickly.
  • Proven and reliable Lenovo ThinkSystem servers featuring the second generation of the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor Family provide compute power for a variety of workloads and applications.
  • Microsoft Azure Stack Hub provides a scalable, highly available solution for hybrid cloud extension to deliver Microsoft Azure cloud services on-premises with integrated compute, networking, storage, security, and management services that manage VM lifecycle and automate and orchestrate workload provisioning.
  • Powerful tools to manage both hardware and applications that come with the ThinkAgile SXM simplify and automate the management of the entire cloud solution, allowing customers to manage the infrastructure as a single system, rather than as individual components.
  • Lenovo ThinkAgile Advantage provides a single point of contact for all support issues that customers might encounter with the server, networking, storage, and software used in the solution, for quicker problem determination and minimized downtime.

Components

The ThinkAgile SXM solution consists of the following hardware components:

  • One ThinkSystem SR630 management node.
  • ThinkSystem SR650 hyperconverged scale unit nodes:
    • SXM4400 25U: From 4 to 8 nodes.
    • SXM4400 42U, or customer-provided rack cabinet: From 4 to 16 nodes.
    • SXM6400: 16 nodes.
  • Two Mellanox SN2410 25 GbE network switches.

The SR630 management node, referred to as the “Hardware Lifecycle Host” or “HLH”, provides hardware management services and includes the following software components:

  • Windows Server 2019 with Hyper-V
  • Lenovo XClarity Administrator VM: Provides hardware management services.

The SR650 hyperconverged scale unit nodes provide compute and storage resources and include the following software components:

  • Windows Server 2019 with Hyper-V.
  • Azure Stack Hub software: Provides scalable hybrid cloud platform.

Network connectivity is provided by two Mellanox SN2410 25 GbE network switches, referred to as “TOR-1” and “TOR-2”.

The front and rear views of the ThinkAgile SXM4400 Hybrid 25U are shown in the following figure. Scale unit nodes 05-08 are optional.

ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U front and rear views
Figure 2. ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U front and rear views

The front and rear views of the ThinkAgile SXM4400 Hybrid 42U are shown in the following figure. Scale unit nodes 05-16 are optional.

ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U front and rear views
Figure 3. ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U front and rear views

The front and rear views of the ThinkAgile SXM6400 All-Flash are shown in the following figure. Sixteen scale unit nodes are included in all ThinkAgile SXM6400 solutions.

ThinkAgile SXM6400 front and rear views
Figure 4. ThinkAgile SXM6400 front and rear views

System specifications

The following table lists the system specifications of the ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 1. ThinkAgile SXM system specifications
Attribute ThinkAgile SXM model specifications
SXM4400 25U SXM4400 42U or
Customer-provided
rack cabinet*
SXM6400
Form factor 25U Rack cabinet
(9565-RCH)
42U Rack cabinet
(9565-RCJ)
42U Rack cabinet
(9565-RCK)
Dimensions

Height: 1244 mm
Width: 605 mm
Depth: 1000 mm

Height: 2009 mm
Width: 600 mm
Depth: 1096 mm

Height: 2009 mm
Width: 600 mm
Depth: 1096 mm

Total rack load capacity 570 kg 953 kg 953 kg
Maximum rack weight 670 kg 1127 kg 1127 kg
AC power distribution 4x C13 PDUs:
  • 1-Ph, 30A/208V C13 PDU
  • 1-Ph, 32A/230V C13 PDU
4x C13 PDUs:
  • 1-Ph, 60A/208V C13 PDU
  • 1-Ph, 63A/230V C13 PDU
  • 3-Ph, 32A/380-415V PDU
All PDUs in a rack cabinet should be of the same type. IEC 320-C13 to C14 AC power cables for connecting all the equipment in a rack cabinet to PDUs are included.
Hardware warranty Three-, four, or five-year customer-replaceable unit and onsite limited warranty with ThinkAgile Advantage Support and selectable service levels: 9x5 next business day (NBD) parts delivered or onsite response, 24x7x4 or 24x7x2 onsite response or 6-hour or 24-hour committed repair (select countries). Also available are 1-year and 2-year post-warranty extensions, YourDrive YourData, and Premier Support.
Software Microsoft Windows Server 2019 with Hyper-V, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft Azure Stack Hub, Lenovo XClarity Administrator Pro
Management node
Base model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM (7X02CTOAWW)
Quantity 1
Processor Two Intel Xeon Bronze processors
Memory 64 GB (4x 16 GB TruDDR4 RDIMMs). ECC, patrol scrubbing, and demand scrubbing memory protection
Drive bays 8x 2.5-inch SAS/SATA hot-swap
Internal storage 2x ThinkSystem 2.5" SS530 800 GB Performance SAS 12 Gbps SSDs (RAID-1 boot volume)
Storage controller

One of the following for the boot volume:

  • ThinkSystem RAID 530-8i PCIe Adapter (12 Gbps SAS); or
  • ThinkSystem RAID 540-8i PCIe Adapter (12 Gbps SAS)
Network interfaces

Management network:

  • 1x 1 GbE dedicated XCC management port (RJ-45)

VM/storage network:

  • 1x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-port PCIe Ethernet Adapter
Ports
  • Front: 1x USB 2.0 port with XClarity Controller access, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x VGA port
I/O expansion slots Three slots:
  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x8; low profile (for the network adapter)
  • Slot 2: PCIe 3.0 x16; low profile (not used)
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for the RAID adapter)
Management features Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise, proactive platform alerts, light path diagnostics, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, secure firmware updates, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
Video Matrox G200 with 16 MB memory integrated into the XClarity Controller. Maximum resolution is 1920x1200 at 60 Hz with 32 bits per pixel
Cooling Seven hot-swap system fans with N+1 redundancy
Power supplies Two redundant hot-swap 550 W High Efficiency Platinum AC power supplies
Hyperconverged nodes - Hybrid storage
Base model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM - Hybrid (7X06CTOAWW)
Expansion model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM - Hybrid Expansion (7X06CTOBWW)
Quantity 4 - 8 4 - 16 16
Processor Two Intel Xeon Silver, Gold, or Platinum Gen 2 processors
Memory 24 DIMM slots for TruDDR4 RDIMMs (12 DIMMs per processor; six memory channels per processor with two DIMMs per channel) with support for the following RDIMM capacities:
  • 32 GB Performance+ 2933 MHz
  • 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB 2933 MHz
  • 16 GB and 32 GB 2666 MHz
Memory capacity Up to 1.5 TB
Memory protection Error correction code (ECC), Single Device Data Correction (SDDC; for x4-based memory DIMMs), Adaptive Double Device Data Correction (ADDDC; for x4-based memory DIMMs, requires Intel Xeon Gold or Platinum processors), patrol scrubbing, and demand scrubbing
Drive bays 14x 3.5-inch hot-swap: 14x SAS/SATA or 10x SAS/SATA + 4x NVMe PCIe
Internal storage
  • Boot volume:
    • 2x ThinkSystem M.2 5300 480GB SATA 6Gbps NHS SSDs in a RAID-1 drive group
  • Storage Spaces Direct Cache Tier, choice of the following:
    • 4x ThinkSystem 3.5" PM1645a 800GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem 3.5" SS530 800GB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem 3.5" PM1645a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem 3.5" U.2 P5600 3.2TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 Hot Swap SSDs
  • Storage Spaces Direct Capacity Tier, choice of the following:
    • 10x ThinkSystem 3.5" 4TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512n HDDs; or
    • 10x ThinkSystem 3.5" 6TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDDs; or
    • 10x ThinkSystem 3.5" 8TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDDs; or
    • 10x ThinkSystem 3.5" 10TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDDs; or
    • 10x ThinkSystem 3.5" 12TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDDs
Storage controllers
  • ThinkSystem M.2 Kit with Mirroring Enablement Kit (for boot volume)

Depending on the number and type of storage devices selected, the following are available:

  • ThinkSystem 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA
  • ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA
  • ThinkSystem 440-8i SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA
  • ThinkSystem 440-16i SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA
  • Onboard NVMe interface (for the NVMe PCIe SSDs)
Network interfaces

Management:

  • 1x 1 GbE dedicated XCC management port (RJ-45)

Workload, choice of the following:

  • 1x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-port PCIe Ethernet Adapter; or
  • 1x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter; or
  • 2x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 1x40GbE QSFP+ 1-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter
Ports
  • Front: 1x USB 2.0 port with XClarity Controller access, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x VGA port
I/O expansion slots Four slots:
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8; low profile (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 5: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (not used)
  • Slot 6: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 7: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for an HBA)
Management features Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise (Pilot 4 chip), proactive platform alerts, light path diagnostics, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, secure firmware updates, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0
Video Matrox G200 with 16 MB memory integrated into the XClarity Controller. Maximum resolution is 1920x1200 at 60 Hz with 32 bits per pixel
Cooling Six hot-swap system fans with N+1 redundancy
Power supplies Two redundant hot-swap 1100 W High Efficiency Platinum AC power supplies
Hyperconverged nodes - All Flash storage
Base model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM - All Flash (7X06CTOCWW)
Expansion model Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM - All Flash Expansion (7X06CTODWW)
Quantity 4 - 8 4 - 16 16
Processor Two Intel Xeon Silver, Gold, or Platinum Gen 2 processors
Memory 24 DIMM slots for TruDDR4 RDIMMs (12 DIMMs per processor; six memory channels per processor with two DIMMs per channel) with support for the following RDIMM capacities:
  • 32 GB Performance+ 2933 MHz
  • 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB 2933 MHz
  • 16 GB and 32 GB 2666 MHz
Memory capacity Up to 1.5 TB
Memory protection Error correction code (ECC), Single Device Data Correction (SDDC; for x4-based memory DIMMs), Adaptive Double Device Data Correction (ADDDC; for x4-based memory DIMMs, requires Intel Xeon Gold or Platinum processors), patrol scrubbing, and demand scrubbing
Drive bays 24x 2.5-inch hot-swap: 20x SAS/SATA + 4x NVMe PCIe
Internal storage
  • Boot volume:
    • 2x ThinkSystem M.2 5300 480GB SATA 6Gbps Non-Hot Swap SSDs in a RAID-1 drive group
  • Storage Spaces Direct Cache Tier, choice of the following:
    • None; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4610 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem 2.5" U.2 P5600 1.6TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 HS SSDs; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem 2.5" U.2 P5600 3.2TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 HS SSDs; or
    • 4x ThinkSystem 2.5" U.2 P5600 6.4TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 HS SSDs.
  • Storage Spaces Direct Capacity Tier, choice of 12, 16, or 20 of the following:
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1645a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1643a 1.92TB Entry SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" S4510 1.92TB Read Intensive SATA 6Gb HS SSDs; or
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1645a 3.2TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1643a 3.84TB Entry SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs; or
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" S4510 3.84TB Read Intensive SATA 6Gb HS SSDs; or
    • ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1643a 7.68TB Entry SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSDs
Storage controller
  • ThinkSystem M.2 Kit with Mirroring Enablement Kit (for boot volume)

Depending on the number and type of storage devices selected, the following are available:

  • ThinkSystem 430-8i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA
  • ThinkSystem 430-16i SAS/SATA 12Gb HBA
  • ThinkSystem 440-8i SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA
  • ThinkSystem 440-16i SAS/SATA PCIe Gen4 12Gb HBA
  • Onboard NVMe interface (for the NVMe PCIe SSDs)
Network interfaces

Management:

  • 1x 1 GbE dedicated XCC management port (RJ-45)

Workload, choice of the following:

  • 1x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-port PCIe Ethernet Adapter; or
  • 1x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter; or
  • 2x ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 1x40GbE QSFP+ 1-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter
Ports
  • Front: 1x USB 2.0 port with XClarity Controller access, 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Rear: 2x USB 3.0 ports and 1x VGA port
I/O expansion slots Up to six slots:
  • Slot 1: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 3: PCIe 3.0 x8; full-height, half-length (not used)
  • Slot 4: PCIe 3.0 x8; low profile (for an HBA)
  • Slot 5: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (for an HBA)
  • Slot 6: PCIe 3.0 x16; full-height, half-length (for a network adapter)
  • Slot 7: PCIe 3.0 x8 (for an HBA)
Management features Lenovo XClarity Controller (XCC) Enterprise (Pilot 4 chip), proactive platform alerts, light path diagnostics, Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license
Security features Power-on password, administrator's password, secure firmware updates, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2 or 2.0 (configurable UEFI setting)
Video Matrox G200 with 16 MB memory integrated into the XClarity Controller. Maximum resolution is 1920x1200 at 60 Hz with 32 bits per pixel
Cooling Six hot-swap system fans with N+1 redundancy
Power supplies Two redundant hot-swap 1100 W High Efficiency Platinum AC power supplies
Networking
VM/storage network 2x Mellanox SN2410 25 GbE network switches, each with 48x 25 GbE SFP28/SFP+ and 8x 100 GbE QSFP28/QSFP+ ports
VM network uplinks 4x 10 GbE SFP+ SR or 4x 25 GbE SFP28 SR upstream connections (2x per SN2410 switch) with customer-supplied MMF OM3 or OM4 fiber optic cables with LC connectors
Cooling 4x hot-swap fans
Power supplies 2x 460 W AC redundant hot-swap power supplies

* For customer-provided rack cabinets, the Form factor, Dimensions, Total rack load capacity, Maximum rack weight, and AC power distribution attributes do not apply.

Models

Factory-integrated models of the ThinkAgile SXM are configured by using the Lenovo Data Center Solution Configurator (DCSC):
http://dcsc.lenovo.com

Note: You are required to engage a Lenovo representative in the project that includes the ThinkAgile SXM.

The configuration process includes the following steps:

  • Model selection
    • SXM4400
    • SXM6400
    • Customer-provided rack cabinet
  • Rack cabinet selection
    • 25U (SXM4400 only)
    • 42U (SXM4400 and SXM6400)
    • Customer-provided rack cabinet
  • Power distribution infrastructure selection (SXM4400 and SXM6400 only; does not apply to the customer-provided rack cabinet)
    • 208 V AC single-phase
    • 230 V AC single-phase
    • 380-415 V AC three-phase WYE
  • Node configuration (The type and configuration of all hyperconverged nodes must be the same)
    • One management node is derived
    • Hyperconverged nodes:
      • Node type (Hybrid or All-Flash storage)
      • Processor model
      • Memory capacity
      • Storage capacity
      • Node quantity
  • Networking selection
    • Switch models are derived
  • Software selection
    • Microsoft Azure Stack Hub software is derived
    • Lenovo XClarity Administrator with Pro license is derived
  • Warranty:
    • Lenovo ThinkAgile Advantage support
    • Three, four, or five years of warranty service coverage
    • 9x5 Next Business Day response with parts delivered (default selection) or onsite response
    • 24x7 4-hour or 2-hour onsite response or 24x7 6-hour committed service repair (available only in select regions)
    • Premier services (optional)
    • YourDrive YourData (optional)
  • Lenovo Professional Services:
    • Solution deployment services (included)
    • Solution health check services (optional)
    • Steady-state managed services (optional)

Lenovo deployment services are included, providing remote solution preparation and planning activities, reviewing customer datacenter readiness, configuring solution components, validating deployment milestones, and delivering post-installation documentation to customer on project closure.

For solutions that are to be housed in a customer-supplied rack cabinet, Lenovo Professional Services deployment services will mount and cable the solution components into the rack and provide verification services to ensure the physical hardware and setup is ready for solution deployment.

Existing ThinkAgile SXM deployments can be expanded up to the maximum number of hyperconverged nodes supported by ordering the expansion node models. Field expansion is handled by Lenovo Professional Services via a service contract.

Note: The configuration of the expansion nodes must be the same as the existing nodes.

Rack cabinets

The following table lists the base models of the ThinkAgile SXM rack cabinets.

Table 2. Base models of the ThinkAgile SXM rack cabinets
Description Machine
Type-Model
Feature code
SXM4400 25U
SXM4400 42U
SXM6400
Customer rack
ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U Rack 9565-RCH B1EB Y N N N
ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U Rack 9565-RCJ B1EC N Y N N
ThinkAgile SXM6400 42U Rack 9565-RCK B1ED N N Y N
ThinkAgile SXM Customer Provided Rack Kit 7Y34CTO2WW B31R N N N Y

Configuration note: For SXM4400 and SXM4600 models, 1U, 3U, and 5U Filler panels are derived based on the number of nodes selected.

Power distribution

Power distribution units (PDUs) are used to distribute power from an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or utility power to the equipment within the ThinkAgile SXM rack cabinet (SXM4400 or SXM6400) and to provide fault-tolerant power redundancy for high availability.

Each of the nodes and network switches has two redundant power supplies, and each of two power supplies is connected to a separate PDU to support topologies with redundant AC power sources.

The power distribution topology is illustrated in the following figure.

Power distribution topology
Figure 5. Power distribution topology

The following table lists the power distribution units for the ThinkAgile SXM rack cabinets.

Table 3. Power distribution units
Description Feature code Quantity
SXM4400 25U
SXM4400 42U
SXM6400
1U 12 C13 30A/208V, NEMA L6-30P 1-Phase PDU 6012 4 Y N N
1U 12 C13 32A/230V, IEC 309 P+N+G 1-Phase PDU 6014 4 Y N N
1U 12 C13 60A/208V, IEC 309 2P+G 1-Phase PDU 6013 4 N Y Y
1U 12 C13 63A/230V, IEC 309 P+N+G 1-Phase PDU 6015 4 N Y Y
1U 12 C13 32A/380-415V, IEC 309 3P+N+G 3-Ph PDU 6016 4 N Y Y

Configuration notes:

  • Only one type of PDU is supported within the ThinkAgile SXM rack cabinet; different PDU types cannot be mixed within the rack cabinet.
  • Power cables are derived based on the ThinkAgile SXM model and the number of nodes selected.

The following table summarizes the PDU and line cord specifications.

Table 4. PDU specifications
Feature 1U 12x C13 PDUs
Feature code 6012 6014 6013 6015 6016
Phase 1-phase 1-phase 1-phase 1-phase 3-phase WYE
Voltage 208 V AC 230 V AC 208 V AC 230 V AC 380-415 V AC
(220-240 V AC)
Line cord input amperage 24 A 32 A 48 A 63 A 32 A / phase
Line cord input connector NEMA L6-30P IEC 309 P+N+G IEC 309 2P+G IEC 309 P+N+G IEC 309 3P+N+G
Output connectors 12x IEC 320-C13

Management node

The ThinkAgile SXM solution uses the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 server as a management node.

Referred to as the Hardware Lifecycle Host (HLH), the SR630 is a density-optimized, 1U dual-socket server that offers outstanding uptime to keep cloud deployments running safely and comprehensive systems management tools that help make deployment easier. Outstanding reliability, availability, and serviceability and high-efficiency design improve your business environment and help save operational costs.

The following table lists the base configuration of the ThinkSystem SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM that is derived.

Table 5. ThinkSystem SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM base configuration
Machine
Type-Model
Processor Memory Storage
controller
Drives Network Power
supply
7X02CTOAWW 2x Intel Xeon Bronze 64 GB 1x RAID 530-8i or 540-8i 2x 2.5" 800 GB SSDs 1x 25 GbE 2x 550W HS

Components of the management node are described in the following sections:

For more information about the SR630 server, refer to the Lenovo Press Product Guide:
https://lenovopress.com/lp1049-thinksystem-sr630-server

SR630 processors

The SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM ships with two Intel Xeon Bronze processors. The following table lists feature codes of the processors that are available for selection.

Table 6. Processor feature codes
Description Feature code
Intel Xeon Bronze 3206R 8C 85W 1.9GHz Processor B7N3

SR630 memory

The SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM supports 64 GB of memory with 4x 16 GB TruDDR4 RDIMMs. Each processor has six memory channels, and there is one DIMM per channel installed in two (16 GB RDIMMs) channels, and the remaining channels remain unpopulated.

The following memory protection technologies are supported:

  • ECC
  • Patrol scrubbing
  • Demand scrubbing

The following table lists memory RDIMMs for the SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM that are available for selection.

Table 7. Memory RDIMMs
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (1Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM AUNB 4
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2933 MHz (1Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM B4LY 4*

* Available for selection only in the configurations with the Intel Xeon Bronze 3206R processor.

SR630 internal storage

The SR630 management node has 8x 2.5" hot-swap drive bays connected to the ThinkSystem RAID 530-8i (or 540-8i) PCIe 12Gb Adapter.

The following table lists the internal drive configuration for the management node.

Table 8. Internal drive configuration: Management node
Model 4x 2.5-inch hot-swap front drive bays
Quantity, drive types Drive layout Storage
controller
SR630 for
ThinkAgile SXM
2x 800GB 12Gb SAS SSDs RAID-1 (2x SSDs) boot volume 1x RAID 530-8i or 540-8i

The following table lists the SSDs for the SR630 management node.

Table 9. SSDs for management node
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1645a 800GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B8HU 2
ThinkSystem 2.5" SS530 800GB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B4Y5 2

SR630 network connectivity

The SR630 for ThinkAgile SXM uses 25 GbE connectivity with the dual-port 25 GbE Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx network adapter: One port is connected to each network switch via a 25 GbE link. Also, the 1 GbE dedicated management port on the XCC is connected to the first network switch. For more information, refer to Networking.

The following table lists the network adapter derived for the management node.

Table 10. Network adapter
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-port PCIe Ethernet Adapter AUAJ 1

Configuration note: The 1.5 m UTP Cat5e cable (1 GbE) and 1 m 25 GbE SFP28 DAC cables for the network connections are included.

Hyperconverged nodes

The ThinkAgile SXM solution uses Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 servers featuring the second generation of Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family as hyperconverged scale unit nodes.

The SR650 is a versatile 2U dual-socket server that offers outstanding uptime to keep cloud deployments running safely and comprehensive systems management tools that help make deployment easier. Outstanding reliability, availability, and serviceability and high-efficiency design to improve your business environment and help save operational costs.

The following table lists the base configuration of the ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 11. ThinkSystem SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM base configuration
Machine
Type-Model
Intel Xeon
processor
Memory
(min / max)
Storage
controllers
Drives Network Power
supply
Initial deployment
7X06CTOAWW
(Hybrid storage)
2x Silver, Gold,
or Platinum*
384 GB /
1,536 GB**

1x M.2 Kit with Mirroring
1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA

2x 480 GB M.2 SSDs
4x 3.5" SSDs***
10x 3.5" HDDs***
2x 25 GbE 2x 1100W HS
7X06CTOCWW
(All Flash storage)
2x Silver, Gold,
or Platinum*
384 GB /
1,536 GB**
1x M.2 Kit with Mirroring
3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
2x 480 GB M.2 SSDs
4x 2.5" NVMe SSDs***
12/16/20x 3.5" SATA SSDs***
2x 25 GbE 2x 1100W HS
Field expansion
7X06CTOBWW
(Hybrid storage)
2x Silver, Gold,
or Platinum*
384 GB /
1,536 GB**
1x M.2 Kit with Mirroring
1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA
2x 480 GB M.2 SSDs
4x 3.5" SSDs***
10x 3.5" HDDs***
2x 25 GbE 2x 1100W HS
7X06CTODWW
(All Flash storage)
2x Silver, Gold,
or Platinum*
384 GB /
1,536 GB**
1x M.2 Kit with Mirroring
3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
2x 480 GB M.2 SSDs
4x 2.5" NVMe SSDs***
12/16/20x 3.5" SATA SSDs***
2x 25 GbE 2x 1100W HS

* Processor model is selectable (See Processors for details).
** Memory capacity is configurable (See Memory for details).
*** Drive capacity is configurable (See Internal storage for details).

Components of the hyperconverged node are described in the following sections:

For more information about the ThinkSystem SR650 (Xeon SP Gen 2) server, refer to the Lenovo Press Product Guide:
https://lenovopress.com/lp1050-thinksystem-sr650-server

SR650 processors

The SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM requires two Intel Xeon Silver, Gold, or Platinum Gen 2 processors. The following table lists feature codes of the supported processors that are available for selection.

Table 12. Processor options
Description Feature code
Intel Xeon Silver processors
Intel Xeon Silver 4214 12C 85W 2.2GHz Processor B4HR
Intel Xeon Silver 4214R 12C 100W 2.4GHz Processor B7N6
Intel Xeon Gold processors
Intel Xeon Gold 5218N 16C 110W 2.3GHz Processor B5S0
Intel Xeon Gold 5218R 20C 125W 2.1GHz Processor BAZS
Intel Xeon Gold 5220 18C 125W 2.2GHz Processor B4HK
Intel Xeon Gold 5220R 24C 150W 2.2GHz Processor B7N9
Intel Xeon Gold 6226R 16C 150W 2.9GHz Processor BAZW
Intel Xeon Gold 6230 20C 125W 2.1GHz Processor B4HJ
Intel Xeon Gold 6230R 26C 150W 2.1GHz Processor BAZX
Intel Xeon Gold 6238R 28C 165W 2.2GHz Processor BAZL
Intel Xeon Gold 6240 18C 150W 2.6GHz Processor B4HH
Intel Xeon Gold 6240R 24C 165W 2.4GHz Processor BAZM
Intel Xeon Gold 6242 16C 150W 2.8GHz Processor B4HG
Intel Xeon Gold 6246 12C 165W 3.3GHz Processor B6PD
Intel Xeon Gold 6248 20C 150W 2.5GHz Processor B4HE
Intel Xeon Gold 6252 24C 150W 2.1GHz Processor B4HC
Intel Xeon Gold 6254 18C 200W 3.1GHz Processor B4HD
Intel Xeon Platinum processors
Intel Xeon Platinum 8260 24C 165W 2.4GHz Processor B4HB
Intel Xeon Platinum 8268 24C 205W 2.9GHz Processor B4HA
Intel Xeon Platinum 8270 26C 205W 2.7GHz Processor B4H9
Intel Xeon Platinum 8276 28C 165W 2.2GHz Processor B4H8
Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L 28C 205W 2.7GHz Processor B4P5

SR650 memory

The SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM supports up to 1.5 TB of memory with 24 TruDDR4 DIMMs. Each processor has six memory channels, and there are two DIMMs per channel.

The following rules apply when selecting the memory configuration:

  • The SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM supports RDIMMs with the rated speeds of 2666 MHz or 2933 MHz.
  • The total quantity of DIMMs in the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM must be 24.
  • Mixing RDIMMs of different ranks (single- or dual-rank), DRAM chip types (x4 or x8), and capacities (8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB) is allowed in a 12 / 12 combination (excluding Performance+ RDIMMs).
  • Mixing RDIMMs of different speeds (2666 MHz and 2933 MHz) is not allowed.
  • Performance+ RDIMMs cannot be mixed with other RDIMMs.
  • All DIMMs in the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM operate at the same speed, which is determined as the lowest value of:
    • DIMM rated speed (2666 MHz or 2933 MHz)
    • Memory speed supported by the specific processor (2400 MHz, 2666 MHz, or 2933 MHz)
    • Memory speed for the selected type of DIMMs in the configurations with two DIMMs per channel:
      • Performance+ DIMMs: 2933 MHz
      • Other supported DIMMs: 2666 MHz

The following memory protection technologies are supported:

  • ECC
  • SDDC (for x4-based memory DIMMs)
  • ADDDC (for x4-based memory DIMMs)
  • Patrol scrubbing
  • Demand scrubbing

The following table lists memory selection options available for the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 13. Memory selection options
Description Feature code Quantity
RDIMMs - 2933 MHz Performance+
ThinkSystem 32GB TruDDR4 Performance+ 2933MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM B5N7 24
RDIMMs - 2933 MHz
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2933MHz (1Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM B4LY 12, 24
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2933MHz (2Rx8 1.2V) RDIMM B4H2 12, 24
ThinkSystem 32GB TruDDR4 2933MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM B4H3 12, 24
ThinkSystem 64GB TruDDR4 2933MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM B4H4 12, 24
RDIMMs - 2666 MHz
ThinkSystem 16GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (2Rx8 1.2V) RDIMM AUNC 12, 24
ThinkSystem 32GB TruDDR4 2666 MHz (2Rx4 1.2V) RDIMM AUND 12, 24

SR650 internal storage

The SR650 hyperconverged node for hybrid storage has 14x 3.5" hot-swap drive bays (12 on the front; 2 on the rear) connected to the ThinkSystem 430-16i (or 440-16i) SAS/SATA HBA (JBOD mode), and an internal M.2 Kit with Mirroring for 2x M.2 non-hot-swap SSDs.

The SR650 hyperconverged node for all flash storage has 24x 2.5" hot-swap drive bays connected to three ThinkSystem 430-8i (or 440-8i) SAS/SATA HBAs (JBOD mode), and an internal M.2 Kit with Mirroring for 2x M.2 non-hot-swap SSDs.

For the boot volume, the hyperconverged nodes use 2x M.2 480GB SSDs installed in the M.2 Kit with Mirroring. The drives are configured in a RAID-1 group that provides highly available boot volume for the system software.

The following table lists the internal drive configuration for the data storage of the hyperconverged nodes.

Table 14. Internal drive configuration: Data storage
Model 12x 3.5-inch (front) + 2x 3.5-inch (rear) hot-swap drive bays (data storage)
Quantity, drive types Drive layout Storage
controllers
SR650 for
ThinkAgile SXM
Hybrid
Config 1: 40 TB
  • 4x 800GB 12Gb SAS SSDs
  • 10x 4TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 10x HDDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA
Config 2: 60 TB
  • 4x 1.6TB 12Gb SAS SSDs
  • 10x 6TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 10x HDDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA
Config 3: 80 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 10x 8TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 10x HDDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA
Config 4: 100 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 10x 10TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 10x HDDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA
Config 5: 120 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 10x 12TB 7.2K 6Gb NL SATA HDDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 10x HDDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 1x 430-16i or 440-16i HBA
SR650 for
ThinkAgile SXM
All Flash
Config 1: 23 TB
  • 4x 1.6TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 12x 1.92TB 6Gb SATA SSDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 12x SSDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
Config 2: 30 TB
  • 4x 1.6TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 16x 1.92TB 6Gb SATA SSDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 16x SSDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
Config 3: 38 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 20x 1.92TB 6Gb SATA SSDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 20x SSDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
Config 4: 46 TB
  • 4x 1.6TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 12x 3.84TB 6Gb SATA SSDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 12x SSDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
Config 5: 61 TB
  • 4x 1.6TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 16x 3.84TB 6Gb SATA SSDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 16x SSDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs
Config 6: 76 TB
  • 4x 3.2TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
  • 20x 3.84TB 6Gb SATA SSDs
  • 4x SSDs (JBOD) for cache
  • 20x SSDs (JBOD) for capacity
  • 1x Onboard NVMe
  • 3x 430-8i or 440-8i HBAs

The following table lists the internal drive configurations for the boot volume of the hyperconverged nodes.

Table 15. Internal drive configurations: Boot volume
Model 2.5-inch non-hot-swap internal drive bays (boot volume)
Quantity, drive types Drive layout Storage
controller
SR650 for
ThinkAgile SXM
2x M.2 480GB SATA 6Gbps
Non-Hot-Swap SSDs
1x RAID 1 (2x SSDs) boot volume M.2 Kit with Mirroring

The following table lists the HDD and SSD selection options for the SR650 hyperconverged nodes for hybrid and all flash storage.

Table 16. HDDs and SSDs for hyperconverged nodes: Hybrid storage
Description Feature code
Capacity drives - 6 Gbps SATA HDDs
ThinkSystem 3.5" 4TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512n HDD AUU8
ThinkSystem 3.5" 6TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD AUUA
ThinkSystem 3.5" 8TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD AUU9
ThinkSystem 3.5" 10TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD AUUB
ThinkSystem 3.5" 12TB 7.2K SATA 6Gb Hot Swap 512e HDD B118
Cache drives - 12 Gbps SAS SSDs
ThinkSystem 3.5" SS530 800GB Performance SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B4Y8
ThinkSystem 3.5" PM1645a 800GB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B8HT
ThinkSystem 3.5" PM1645a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B8JN
Cache drives - P4610 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
ThinkSystem 3.5" U.2 P5600 3.2TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD BCFJ
Table 17. SSDs for hyperconverged nodes: All flash storage
Description Feature code
Capacity drives - S4510 6 Gbps SATA SSDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" Intel S4510 1.92TB Read Intensive SATA 6Gb Hot Swap SSD B49B
ThinkSystem 2.5" Intel S4510 3.84TB Read Intensive SATA 6Gb Hot Swap SSD B49C
Capacity drives - PM1643a 12 Gbps SAS SSDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1643a 1.92TB Entry SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B91B
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1643a 3.84TB Entry SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B91C
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1643a 7.68TB Entry SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B91D
Capacity drives - PM1645a 12 Gbps SAS SSDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1645a 1.6TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B8J4
ThinkSystem 2.5" PM1645a 3.2TB Mainstream SAS 12Gb Hot Swap SSD B8JD
Cache drives - P4610 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs
ThinkSystem U.2 Intel P4610 1.6TB Mainstream NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD B589
Cache drives - P5600 NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs
ThinkSystem 2.5" U.2 P5600 1.6TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD BCFV
ThinkSystem 2.5" U.2 P5600 3.2TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD BCFR
ThinkSystem 2.5" U.2 P5600 6.4TB Mixed Use NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 Hot Swap SSD BCFS

The following table lists the SSDs derived for the boot volume of the SR650 hyperconverged nodes.

Table 18. Boot volume SSDs
Description Feature code Quantity
ThinkSystem M.2 5100 480GB SATA 6Gbps Non-Hot Swap SSD B11V 2
ThinkSystem M.2 5300 480GB SATA 6Gbps Non-Hot Swap SSD B919 2

SR650 network connectivity

For the management network, the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM uses 1 GbE connectivity with the 1 GbE dedicated management port on the XCC that is connected to one of the network switches included in the solution.

For the VM/storage network, the SR650 for ThinkAgile SXM provides two-port 25 GbE connectivity: Each port is connected to a separate network switch included in the solution. For more information, refer to Networking.

The following table lists the network adapters available for selection.

Table 19. Network adapter
Description Feature code Quantity
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-port PCIe Ethernet Adapter AUAJ 1
Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx 10/25GbE SFP28 2-Port PCIe Ethernet Adapter BE4U 1
Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 1x40GbE QSFP+ PCIe Ethernet Adapter ATRN 2

Configuration notes:

  • Either one dual-port or two single port adapters can be selected to provide dual-port connectivity.
  • If single-port adapters are selected, the Mellanox QSA 100G to 25G Cable Adapters are derived by the configurator to provide 25 GbE SFP28 connectivity.
  • The 3 m UTP Category 5E cable for the 1 GbE management network connection and two 3 m passive 25 GbE SFP28 DAC cables for the VM/storage network connections are included for each hyperconverged node.

Networking

The ThinkAgile SXM solution uses two Mellanox SN2410 25 GbE switches for network connectivity.

Dedicated XClarity Controller (XCC) management ports on the management node and hyperconverged nodes are connected to one of the Mellanox SN2410 network switches via 1 GbE links. The management node and first 8 hyperconverged nodes are connected to TOR-1 while nodes 9-16 are connected to TOR-2.

25 GbE network ports on the management node and hyperconverged nodes are connected to a pair of Mellanox SN2410 network switches. The switches are connected to each other via two 100 GbE links (provided by two 100 Gb QSFP+ active optical cables (AOCs) included) that are configured in a link aggregation group (LAG). Each of the two SN2410 switches provides two 10 GbE uplinks (10 GbE SR SFP+ transceivers) or two 25 GbE uplinks (25 GbE SR SFP28 Transceiver) that are configured in a virtual link aggregation group for upstream network integration with the customer network.

The network connectivity is illustrated in the following two figures. Figure 6 shows connectivity when using a single dual-port network adapter in each scale unit node, while Figure 7 shows connectivity when using two single-port network adapters in each node. Only the physical location of the network adapter ports is different in these two scenarios.

The following table lists the types of network switch connections, the purpose of each, and the physical layer used for traffic

Table 20. Network switch connections
Connection Purpose Speed Physical layer
XCC Management 1 GbE 1 GbE transceiver with Cat-6 Ethernet cable
TOR/Border Customer access 10 or 25 GbE SFP+ or SFP28 transceiver with fibre cable
Nodes VM, storage, infrastructure 25 GbE SFP28 Direct Attach Cable (DAC)
ISL/MLAG Switch high availability 100 GbE QSFP28 Active Optical Cable (AOC)

Network connectivity topology using dual-port network adapters
Figure 6. Network connectivity topology using dual-port network adapters

Network connectivity topology using single-port network adapters
Figure 7. Network connectivity topology using single-port network adapters

Two Mellanox SN2410 Ethernet switches are used in all current ThinkAgile SXM configurations. The SN2410 switch is an ONIE (Open Network Install Environment) based platform for allowing a multitude of operating systems to be mounted on it and utilizing the advantages of Open Networking and the capabilities of the Mellanox Spectrum ASIC. For ThinkAgile SXM solutions, it comes preinstalled with Cumulus Linux, an operating system that takes the Linux user experience from servers to switches and provides rich routing functionality for large scale applications.

The following table summarizes specifications of the Mellanox SN2410 Ethernet switch for ThinkAgile SXM.

Table 21. Mellanox SN2410 network switch
Feature Mellanox SN2410
Software Cumulus Linux
Ports
  • 48 ports running at 1/10/25GbE
  • 8 ports running at 40/50/100GbE
Media types
  • SFP28, QSFP28 short and long range optics
  • SFP28, QSFP28 DAC cable
  • SFP Base-T module
Management ports
  • 1x 1 GbE RJ-45 (not used)
  • 1x Serial console
Layer 2 switching Yes
Layer 3 switching Yes
VLANs Yes
VLAN tagging Yes
Link aggregation Yes
Virtual link aggregation Yes
Quality of Service Yes
Cooling 4x hot-swap fans
Power supplies 2x 460 W AC redundant hot-swap

The following table lists the transceivers that are available for the Mellanox SN2410 uplink ports.

Table 22. Transceiver for the SN2410 uplinks
Description Feature code Quantity
(min / max)
Lenovo 10GbE SFP+ SR Transceiver (default selection) 5053 0 / 2
Lenovo 25GBASE-SR SFP28 Transceiver (optional selection) AV1B 0 / 2

Configuration notes:

  • All UTP Category 5E cables for the 1 GbE management network and 25 GbE SFP28 DAC cables for the VM/storage network are derived based on the number of nodes selected.
  • VM/storage network uplinks require customer-supplied MMF OM3 or OM4 fiber optic cables with LC connectors.

Software

The ThinkAgile SXM solution includes the following software components:

Microsoft Azure Stack Hub

The Microsoft Azure Stack Hub running on ThinkAgile SXM offers the following key features:

  • Administrator portal
    • Provides a web-based interface for the cloud infrastructure to perform administrative tasks
    • Supports management of cloud resources and services
    • Enables creation of plans, offers, and subscriptions for tenant users
    • Allows monitoring of health and alerts and managing capacity
  • User (Tenant) portal
    • Provides a web-based self-service interface for tenants to interact with the cloud
    • Supports provisioning, monitoring, and management of services for subscribed tenants
  • Identity management
    • Provides authentication and authorization for cloud services
    • Uses Azure Active Directory (AAD) or Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
    • Supports role-based access control (RBAC) to manage access to resources and services
  • Compute Resource Provider
    • Manages lifecycle of Virtual Machines (VMs) in a cloud environment
    • Creates, updates, and deletes VM images
    • Manages VM snapshots, restore points, and availability sets
  • Network Resource Provider
    • Delivers Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
    • Implements network isolation and segmentation with virtual networks
    • Enables communications across virtual networks with traffic routing
    • Secures cloud resources by filtering network traffic with network security groups
    • Offers load balancing across multiple instances for enhanced availability and performance
  • Storage Resource Provider
    • Delivers cloud storage services
    • Supports unstructured objects, structured datasets, message queuing, and SMB file storage
    • Offers storage cloud administration service
  • Azure Resource Manager
    • Interacts with resource providers and enables cloud orchestration
    • Automates the deployment of infrastructure, services, and applications
    • Provisions cloud resources from JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) templates
    • Supports security, auditing, and tagging of cloud resources
  • Usage data reporting
    • Provides metering for the cloud
    • Monitors various cloud resources and system components
    • Collects and aggregates the resource usage data across all resource providers
    • Transmits collected data to Azure commerce for billing processing

Microsoft Azure Stack Hub provides unified storage that offers the following features:

  • Provides distributed scale-out storage for cloud services and resources
  • Scales easily by simply adding more hyperconverged nodes
  • Protects from node or drive failures with data redundancy and self-healing

Lenovo XClarity

Lenovo XClarity offers the following features for the ThinkAgile SXM solution:

  • Auto-discovery and monitoring of the scale unit nodes
  • Firmware updates and compliance enforcement
  • Pattern-based configuration management
  • External alerts and notifications via SNMP traps, syslog remote logging, and e-mail
  • Secure connections to managed endpoints
  • NIST 800-131A or FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptographic standards between the management solution and managed endpoints
  • Integration into existing higher level management systems such as cloud automation and orchestration tools through REST APIs, providing extensive external visibility and control over hardware resources
  • An intuitive, easy-to-use GUI

Warranty and support

The ThinkAgile SXM solution can be configured with a three-, four, or five-year customer-replaceable unit (CRU) and onsite (for field-replaceable units [FRUs] only) limited hardware warranty with 24x7 ThinkAgile Advantage Single Point of Support (Lenovo hardware and Microsoft Azure Stack Hub software; requires an active Azure Stack Hub software support contract with Microsoft) and various levels of coverage with a well-defined scope of services, including service hours, response time, term of service, and service agreement terms and conditions.

The Lenovo local support centers perform problem determination and resolution for hardware-related issues and escalate to Microsoft, on behalf of the customer, for software-related problem determination. Microsoft will contact the customer and will own the software-related problem resolution until closure.

A Microsoft Azure Stack Hub subscription and software support contract for ThinkAgile SXM should be obtained from Microsoft by the customer.

The base warranty provides 9x5 Next Business Day response with parts delivered. Lenovo’s additional support services provide a sophisticated, unified support structure for a customer's data center, with an experience consistently ranked number one in customer satisfaction worldwide.

The following additional Lenovo support services are available for selection:

  • Premier Support provides a Lenovo-owned customer experience and delivers direct access to technicians skilled in hardware, software, and advanced troubleshooting, in addition to the following capabilities:
    • Direct technician-to-technician access through a dedicated phone line.
    • 24x7x365 remote support.
    • Single point of contact service.
    • End to end case management.
    • 3rd Party collaborative software support.
    • Online case tools and live chat support.
    • On-demand remote system analysis.
  • Warranty service level upgrades (Preconfigured Support) are available to meet the on-site response time targets that match the criticality of customer's systems:
    • 3, 4, or 5 years of service coverage.
    • 1-year or 2-year post-warranty extensions.
    • Foundation Service: 9x5 service coverage with next business day onsite response.
    • Essential Service: 24x7 service coverage with 4-hour onsite response or 24-hour committed repair (available only in select regions).
    • Advanced Service: 24x7 service coverage with 2-hour onsite response or 6-hour committed repair (available only in select regions).
  • Managed Services

    Lenovo Managed Services provide continuous 24x7 remote monitoring (plus 24x7 call center availability) and proactive management of a customer's data center using state of the art tools, systems, and practices by a team of highly skilled and experienced Lenovo services professionals.

    Quarterly reviews check error logs, verify firmware and operating system device driver levels, and software as needed. Lenovo will also maintain records of latest patches, critical updates, and firmware levels, to ensure customer's systems are providing business value through optimized performance.

  • Technical Account Management (TAM)

    A Lenovo Technical Account Manager helps customers optimize operations of their data centers based on a deep understanding of customer's business. Customers gain direct access to a Lenovo TAM, who serves as their single point of contact to expedite service requests, provide status updates, and furnish reports to track incidents over time. Also, a TAM helps proactively make service recommendations and manage service relationship with Lenovo to make certain that customer's needs are met.

  • YourDrive YourData

    Lenovo’s YourDrive YourData service is a multi-drive retention offering that ensures that customer's data is always under their control, regardless of the number of drives that are installed in their Lenovo server. In the unlikely event of a drive failure, customers retain possession of their drive while Lenovo replaces the failed drive part. Customer's data stays safely on customer premises, in their hands. The YourDrive YourData service can be purchased in convenient bundles with Foundation, Essential, or Advanced services.

  • Health Check

    Having a trusted partner who can perform regular and detailed health checks is central to maintaining efficiency and ensuring that customer systems and business are always running at their best. Health Check supports Lenovo-branded server, storage, and networking devices, as well as select Lenovo-supported products from other vendors that are sold by Lenovo or a Lenovo-Authorized Reseller.

Some regions might have different warranty terms and conditions than the standard warranty. This is due to local business practices or laws in the specific region. Local service teams can assist in explaining region-specific terms when needed. Examples of region-specific warranty terms are second or longer business day parts delivery or parts-only base warranty.

If warranty terms and conditions include onsite labor for repair or replacement of parts, Lenovo will dispatch a service technician to the customer site to perform the replacement. Onsite labor under base warranty is limited to labor for replacement of parts that have been determined to be field-replaceable units (FRUs). Parts that are determined to be customer-replaceable units (CRUs) do not include onsite labor under base warranty.

If warranty terms include parts-only base warranty, Lenovo is responsible for delivering only replacement parts that are under base warranty (including FRUs) that will be sent to a requested location for self-service. Parts-only service does not include a service technician being dispatched onsite. Parts must be changed at customer’s own cost and labor and defective parts must be returned following the instructions supplied with the spare parts.

Lenovo support services are region-specific. Not all support services are available in every region. For information about Lenovo support services that are available in a specific region, refer to the following resources:

For service definitions, region-specific details, and service limitations, refer to the following documents:

Deployment services

The following Lenovo Professional Services are included with the ThinkAgile SXM solution to get customers up and running quickly:

  • Conducting remote preparation and planning
  • Verifying firmware versions and performing firmware updates, if needed
  • Configuring XCC management settings
  • Installing Lenovo XClarity
  • Configuring Lenovo XClarity network settings and performing discovery and inventory
  • Installing Azure Stack Hub software
  • Transferring knowledge
  • Developing post-installation documentation

Optional basic hardware installation services are also available from Lenovo Professional Services, including unpacking and inspecting the rack on the customer site, connecting to power and network, verifying operation, and disposing of the packaging materials.

For solutions that are to be housed in a customer-supplied rack cabinet, installation services from Lenovo Professional Services to mount and cable the solution components into the rack are included with these solutions.

Physical specifications

The ThinkAgile SXM4400 25U model has the following dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 1244 mm (49.0 in)
  • Width: 605 mm (23.8 in)
  • Depth: 1000 mm (39.4 in)
  • Total rack load capacity: 570 kg (1256.6 lb)
  • Total rack weight (maximum): 670 kg (1477.1 lb)

The ThinkAgile SXM4400 42U and SXM6400 models have the following dimensions and weight (approximate):

  • Height: 2009 mm (79.1 in)
  • Width: 600 mm (23.6 in)
  • Depth: 1096 mm (43.1 in)
  • Total rack load capacity: 953 kg (2101 lb)
  • Total rack weight (maximum): 1127 kg (2484.6 lb)

Operating environment

ThinkAgile SXM models are supported in the following environment:

  • Air temperature: 5 °C - 35 °C (41 °F - 95 °F)
  • Humidity: 10% to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Power load (rated maximum):
    • SXM4400 25U (fully configured solution): 12641 W
    • SXM4400 42U / SXM6400 (fully configured solution): 23905 W
    • Solution components:
      • SR630: 722 W
      • SR650: 1408 W
  • Heat output (maximum):
    • SXM4400 25U (fully configured solution): 43132 BTU/hour
    • SXM4400 42U / SXM6400 (fully configured solution): 81564 BTU/hour
    • Solution components:
      • SR630: 2463 BTU/hour
      • SR650: 4804 BTU/hour

Regulatory compliance

The ThinkAgile SXM solution components conform to the following regulations:

  • United States: FCC Part 15, Class A; UL 60950-1
  • Canada: ICES-003/NMB-03, Class A; CAN/CSA-C22.2 60950-1
  • Argentina: IEC60950-1
  • European Union: CE Mark (EN55022 Class A, IEC/EN60950-1, EN55024, EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3)
  • Germany: TUV-GS (IEC/EN 60950-1, EK1-ITB2000)
  • China: CCC GB4943.1, GB9254 Class A, GB17625.1
  • Japan: VCCI, Class A
  • Taiwan: BSMI CNS13438, Class A; CNS14336-1
  • Australia/New Zealand: AS/NZS CISPR 22 Class A
  • Reduction of Hazardous Substances (ROHS)

Lenovo Financial Services

Lenovo Financial Services reinforces Lenovo’s commitment to deliver pioneering products and services that are recognized for their quality, excellence, and trustworthiness. Lenovo Financial Services offers financing solutions and services that complement your technology solution anywhere in the world.

We are dedicated to delivering a positive finance experience for customers like you who want to maximize your purchase power by obtaining the technology you need today, protect against technology obsolescence, and preserve your capital for other uses.

We work with businesses, non-profit organizations, governments and educational institutions to finance their entire technology solution. We focus on making it easy to do business with us. Our highly experienced team of finance professionals operates in a work culture that emphasizes the importance of providing outstanding customer service. Our systems, processes and flexible policies support our goal of providing customers with a positive experience.

We finance your entire solution. Unlike others, we allow you to bundle everything you need from hardware and software to service contracts, installation costs, training fees, and sales tax. If you decide weeks or months later to add to your solution, we can consolidate everything into a single invoice.

Our Premier Client services provide large accounts with special handling services to ensure these complex transactions are serviced properly. As a premier client, you have a dedicated finance specialist who manages your account through its life, from first invoice through asset return or purchase. This specialist develops an in-depth understanding of your invoice and payment requirements. For you, this dedication provides a high-quality, easy, and positive financing experience.

For your region-specific offers, please ask your Lenovo sales representative or your technology provider about the use of Lenovo Financial Services. For more information, see the following Lenovo website:

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/landingpage/lenovo-financial-services/

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