Lenovo unveiled a new offering in its Converged HX Series portfolio, the Converged HX 2000.
Integrating Nutanix Xpress software, the Converged HX 2000 is designed particularly for small- to-medium sized businesses.
“The SMB space is routinely underserved when it comes to data center management,” said Radhika Krishnan, executive director and general manager, Converged Infrastructure and Networking, Data Center Group, Lenovo.
She noted that traditionally, SMBs segment has been dominated by complex, difficult to install solutions that do not adequately address the needs of smaller organizations for offerings that are easy to deploy and manage at affordable price levels.
“The HX 2000 Series combines power and reliability in an appliance that helps deliver a streamlined deployment and management process, as well as reduced cost of ownership,” Radhika Krishnan added.
Converged infrastructure is one of the top five IT priorities for nearly 65 million SMB organizations worldwide according to the SMB Group.
The global IT market is witnessing an increase in demand for converged infrastructure solutions as it offers simplicity and cost savings to enterprises, especially for mid-sized.
According to IDC, the worldwide hyper-converged systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 60 percent through 2019 to hit $3.9 billion.
Gartner forecasts that hyperconverged integrated systems market will grow at a CAGR of 68 percent to nearly $5 billion by 2019.
Lenovo said the HX 2000 Series appliances are equipped with Intel processors, DDR4 memory and tiered storage.
The HX 2000 Series appliances are also compatible with Lenovo’s XClarity management software, which helps SMB IT professionals more easily manage the lifecycle of their infrastructure, and offers a single point of contact for support.
“Lenovo’s Converged HX 2000 Series appliances represents a significant step forward in our effort to provide simple, affordable hyperconverged technology to SMBs,” said Raja Mukhopadhyay, VP of Product Management, Nutanix.
SMBs in focus
SMBs being the thriving market, networking vendors give significant focus to this sector.
Tuesday, Samsung Electronics America introduced the Samsung Communication Manager Compact (SCM Compact), an ‘all-in-one’ IP communications solution.
The IT vendor said this solution provides small and medium businesses (SMB) with simple, cost-effective way to gain enterprise-class collaboration capabilities for today’s increasingly mobile workforce.
With support for up to 512 users, the SCM Compact comes with cost-effective security, an embedded API server and mobility technology.
“Small and medium-sized businesses are evolving their infrastructure to gain the sophisticated collaboration technologies that have typically only been available to their larger competitors,” said John D’Annunzio, General Manager of Samsung Wireless Enterprise.
“The SCM Compact was built specifically with SMB owners in mind, providing a mobile communications platform that prioritizes ease-of-use, security and cost-savings.”
With Smart Handover feature, the SCM Compact can handover smartphone calls from cellular networks to a business’ internal Wi-Fi network (and vice versa) without any call disruption.
Further, when paired with Samsung’s WeVoIP mobile application, the SCM Compact enables workers to turn their smartphone into a fully-enabled business phone.