Lenovo intros an edge platform that runs Azure stack

Welcome to Network World.com | April 08, 2020

Lenovo is boosting its ties to Microsoft with an edge-to-cloud platform that runs Microsoft’s Azure Stack in a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), putting HCI on the edge of the network rather than in a data center. The Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 server analyzes data at the edge near where it is gathered, a change in direction for the usual edge strategy. In earlier edge schemes,  data collected at an edge endpoint is merely sorted, and only the relevant data is sent up to the main data center where it is analyzed. The ThinkAgile MX1021 platform is a ruggedized, half-width, short-depth, 1U compact server that can be installed almost anywhere: hung on a wall, stacked on a shelf, or mounted in a rack. For connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi, 4G and 5G.

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How to Reduce the Cost of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is proliferating in popularity, but there is a growing concern over the cost of these architectures, especially as they scale. While scaling is relatively easy with an HCI solution, each time a node is added to the cluster, costs increase. In driving down these costs, vendors are forced to take organizations down several risky paths including using non-standardized storage software or hypervisors.

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How to Reduce the Cost of Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is proliferating in popularity, but there is a growing concern over the cost of these architectures, especially as they scale. While scaling is relatively easy with an HCI solution, each time a node is added to the cluster, costs increase. In driving down these costs, vendors are forced to take organizations down several risky paths including using non-standardized storage software or hypervisors.

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Alphawave IP Acquires Optical DSP Chip Developer Banias Labs, Advancing its Optical DSP Products for Data Centers

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