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ThinkAgile CP: Giving Tenants And Users A Trustworthy Cloud

Today we’re wrapping up an ongoing series about the new Lenovo ThinkAgile CP, powered by Cloudistics. For obvious reasons, we’re excited about it, especially in the context of how it’s going to help IT Administrators, Developers, Tenants and Users. It’s a differentiated turnkey cloud platform that moves into a new emerging category, beyond converged and hyperconverged, which IDC calls Composable/Disaggregated (C/D-I). The ThinkAgile CP doesn’t fit comfortably in the old categories because it’s a radically rethought approach to cloud that lacks all the old legacy limitations.

Unlike the public cloud, ThinkAgile CP lets the customer have full control over infrastructure and apps, securely in the datacenter. Unlike other private clouds, it’s a turnkey solution, ready to run applications out of the box. Unlike appliances, it’s built to be extendable and expandable, and unlike hyperconverged options, ThinkAgile CP allows you to tune your infrastructure — adding compute or storage or networking as needed instead of buying and integrating unconfigurable blocks of compute/storage/networking.

In our series, we’ve talked at length about how the Lenovo ThinkAgile CP serves the needs of different audiences. We’ve discussed how it helps IT administrators. We’ve discussed how it helps developers. And today we’re going to discuss how it helps your tenants and users by delivering unprecedented levels of simplicity and agility, combined with a premium cloud experience. It does all this without compromising on availability, security, performance or cost.

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How do we know what tenants what? Well, it’s from our own experience as tenants and users of other clouds. And that experience informed the platform we designed, which keeps these requirements top-of-mind:

Uptime: The platform delivers the uptime they need

Security: Data is always protected and secure from data and applications of other users

Analytics: An ability to track usage for billing reconciliation purposes.

Giving your Tenants and Users a Trustworthy Cloud: The Lenovo ThinkAgile CP, powered by Cloudistics

Uptime

The ThinkAgile CP platform is continuously available with no single points of failure. The compute nodes have built-in HA capability, and VMs are automatically restarted on another node after failure. Similarly, the storage controller nodes have HA capability and, unlike many other systems, there is no performance loss when a storage controller node fails and is automatically restarted. RAID 50, hot sparing and erasure coding combine to provide comprehensive storage redundancy.

The platform supports sophisticated application-consistent snapshots and clones. Both scheduled snapshots and user-generated snapshots are supported. The platform supports disaster recovery (DR) by sending snapshots to a remote site and using comprehensive retention policies at the DR site to specify how many daily, weekly, monthly and yearly snapshots to keep. We support small RTOs (Recovery Time Objective) and RPOs (Recovery Point Objective). The RPO can be as small as one minute.

Security

  • And we ensure that the platform is secure, exceeding the security of competitive systems in several respects.
  • It encrypts all data at rest with FIPS 140-2 encryption. Key management is supported using both TPM module and external Key Management Interface Protocol (KMIP) key managers.
  • The control plane is based on encrypted communication preventing snooping.
  • The platform supports true micro-segmentation using a combination of overlay networks, distributed firewalls and per application firewall overrides. This enables zone defense on a per application basis.
  • Every major release of software is penetration tested by an independent company.
  • It uses 2-factor authentication and Role Based Access Control for sysadmins.
  • It provides secure multi-tenancy, providing full isolation for tenants.
  • It is managed by a secure SaaS portal. The SaaS portal does not require the customer to open any inbound firewall ports, all communication is initiated by the customer and uses TLS encryption.

Analytics

Built-in and add-on reporting tools like Cloudistics Metering Manager give administrators all the data needed to transparently deliver tenant level insight for performance tuning and chargebacks.

Cloudistics Cloud Resource Metering Manager provides an easy way for private cloud operators to accomplish that. It is a free stand-alone application that is downloadable from the Cloudistics Marketplace. With Cloudistics Cloud Resource Metering Manager, you can generate reports to monitor and track cloud resource consumption at the application and datacenter levels.

Conclusion

To summarize, the Think Agile CP Composable Cloud Platform, powered by Cloudistics, is a turnkey solution that lets customers focus on their apps, instead of their infrastructure. It enables demand-driven delivery in your IT operations; it pro-actively manages IT capacity to serve your business; and it optimizes IT operations with more productivity and lower cost, giving administrators, developers, and tenants a game-changing, trustworthy cloud that simplifies your processes, boosts your agility, and helps you transform your organization.

Learn more about the ThinkAgile CP to discover how it can empower your administrators by simplifying operations, so they can increase innovation and accelerate time-to-value.

To see the ThinkAgile CP Series in action, contact us at [email protected].

Dan Mroz

VP of Worldwide Marketing

Over the past 20 years, Dan has had the unique opportunity to hold several diverse positions within the IT industry-spread across numerous business verticals. Most recently he was part of an incubation team at Lenovo, launching new hyper-converged products. He developed the overall channel strategy and enablement while contributing to marketing and messaging efforts. Prior to Lenovo, Dan held positions in sales and engineering at Dell-EMC, supporting top revenue accounts and new product development within Texas and Pennsylvania. Dan was engineer of the year in 2012 and 2014.

Before becoming a resident of Texas, Dan was an IT Director and Instructor at the Pennsylvania State University where he led overall technology strategy, instructional design, and numerous strategic projects outside the scope of IT. He taught classes in a number of subject areas to include information sciences and security, risk analysis, and fly fishing.

Dan has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and cofounded a web development, hosting, and consulting company. He has led marketing, recruitment, and IT operations of multiple organizations in the healthcare, technology, and financial segments.

Dan earned his AAS and BS degrees from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and his MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

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