Evaluating what it takes to deploy and manage a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vSAN cluster using Lenovo ThinkAgile VX.
Companies are attracted to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offerings such as VMware® HCI, but the difficulty of setting up and maintaining such systems can be off-putting. Creating clusters and adding nodes to them can be complex and time-consuming. Keeping infrastructure up to date while maintaining compliance has historically been a highly manual task, often requiring separate specialized tools to update each tier of the infrastructure.
Lenovo partners with VMware to address these challenges and make it easier to deploy and maintain VMware HCI clusters on Lenovo® ThinkAgile™ VX integrated systems. The Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Deployer tool aims to let users deploy and expand clusters quickly and easily using a single tool. It also aims to simplify cluster updates and to enhance hardware lifecycle management within the VMware vCenter® management console via Lenovo® XClarity® Integrator.
Prowess Labs tested the ThinkAgile VX Deployer tool to evaluate how well it works, how easy it is to use, and how long it takes to perform the key operations of creating a new cluster and extending a new cluster with an additional node. We also tested to validate that VMware vCenter was able to perform a successful remediation—including the firmware-update process—of a cluster created with ThinkAgile VX Deployer.
The results of our testing validated that ThinkAgile VX Deployer performed as expected and was straightforward to use. Our test results provide insights into how long different operations can require to complete, and where the bulk of time is spent.