While the 2nd generation AMD EPYC processors contribute new efficiencies, the big breakthrough here is the new Lenovo servers delivering dual socket performance with a single socket, as well as density and versatility enhancements.
The Lenovo ThinkAgile MX1021 is a turnkey HCI appliance designed around the Microsoft Azure Stack for edge use cases, while the ThinkSystem DM7100 is an NVMe-powered unified storage array whose tiering capabilities are well suited to hybrid cloud strategies.
Scale has seen their initial partnership with Acronis around Acronis Backup to be a major competitive displacement advantage for partners, and are looking to extend that further with the Acronis cloud backup solution.
Based on Intel’s Gen 10 NUC, the small form factor HE150 has the same software stack as Scale’s HC3 appliance, but is aimed at even smaller sites without even a small server closet, as it takes up only the space as three stacked smartphones.
StorMagic extends its ecosystem of large server vendor partners with HPE, although this one, unlike others with Lenovo, Dell and Cisco, is a technology integration rather than a Go-to-Market mechanism.
Both the new StorSecure Encryption and Key Management capability, which removes the need for third party key management products, and the KVM support significantly lower the total cost of a StorMagic deployment, an important consideration considering most of their deployments are small ones.