Lenovo has announced a turnkey software-defined storage (SDS) appliance that leverages its robust server platform combined with advanced storage virtualisation software and multi-core optimizing parallel I/O – SANsymphony from DataCore Software.

Lenovo plans to offer the DX8200D as a pre-integrated appliance, which promises to greatly simplify deployment and reduce management expenses while providing a single point of support.

The latest offering in Lenovo’s SDS portfolio, it enables data centers to rapidly deploy a turnkey solution that harnesses the capabilities of existing SAN arrays.  It can optimise heterogeneous storage infrastructures, enabling them to scale as needs grow and easily replace older storage arrays. Through the centralised interface, the DX8200D provides data protection, replication, de-duplication, compression, and other enterprise storage capabilities at a much lower price point than traditional SAN arrays.

The Lenovo DX8200D takes isolated storage devices, sometimes spread between different locations, and places them under one common set of enterprise-wide services. It pools their collective resources, managing them centrally and uniformly despite the differences and incompatibilities among manufacturers, models and generations of equipment.

With these appliances, data centres can realize lower total cost of ownership, with an up to 90% decrease in time spend on storage management and support tasks, up to a 75% reduction in storage costs and up to 100%  reduction in storage-related downtime. With a 10-fold increase in performance, data centers also can realize higher availability of mission-critical data.

The Lenovo DX8200D can centrally automate discovery, inventory tracking, real-time monitoring, configuration, fault detection, and alert handling over its lifecycle with Lenovo’s own XClarity software, a best-in-class enterprise management tool.