Litewire delivers super-scalable, high-margin client services with software-defined infrastructure from Lenovo

To meet the needs of its growing enterprise client base, hosting and colocation services provider Litewire decided to build its existing infrastructure with Lenovo servers featuring Intel® Xeon® processors. In combination with VMware virtualization technology, the Lenovo solution provides the company with software-defined infrastructure that is simple to manage. Easy scalability enables Litewire to offer flexible client services more cost-effectively, sharpening its competitive edge.
“With our software-defined infrastructure solution from Lenovo, we are much better placed to respond to the growing needs of our enterprise clients.”
 —Marcus Hill,
Solution components
Lenovo System x3650 M5 with Intel® Xeon® E5 family of processors
Lenovo System x3550 M5 with Intel Xeon E5 family of processors
Lenovo System x3250 M5 with Intel Xeon E3 family of processors
Lenovo XClarity Pro
VMware ESXi
VMware vSAN
VMware vSphere
“The combination of Lenovo servers and VMware software is fantastic. It gives us a single software-defined infrastructure that we are able to scale rapidly to meet spikes in demand.”
 —Marcus Hill,
Litewire, located in McMinnville, TN, provides server hosting and colocation services, cloud computing and fully managed IT services for enterprises across a range of industries. Built to Tier IV specifications, Litewire guarantees 100 percent uptime per year, Litewire’s state-of-the-art data center is the largest in Tennessee at 285,000 sq. ft.

Gearing up to support growth
Litewire offers both shared and dedicated hosting services, where Litewire owns the hardware and clients rent resources on a monthly basis, providing them with a complete data center as a service (DCaaS). The company also accommodates full colocation of client servers. Litewire’s services free its clients from having to house and manage physical hardware at their own sites, which can be a major stumbling block for growing enterprises.

Marcus Hill, CEO of Litewire, elaborates: “Our clients don’t want the hassle of having to manage their own hardware assets, especially not if their business is growing – that’s what we’re here for. For our shared and dedicated server offerings, our challenge is making sure that we can rapidly deploy the compute and storage resources that our clients need to expand their operations.”

To ensure that it could meet ever-increasing demand for flexible DCaaS, Litewire chose to build its own infrastructure on Lenovo. “We wanted a truly future-proof solution, not one that we’d just have to replace three years down the line,” says Marcus Hill. “Most importantly, we wanted infrastructure that could hyper-scale.”

Streamlining IT with a software-defined infrastructure
After evaluating offerings from multiple vendors, Litewire selected Lenovo servers as the foundation for its hosting services.

Marcus Hill recalls: “What really set Lenovo apart was the level of support and counsel we received, both before and after signing the contract. On a visit to the Lenovo briefing center in Raleigh, NC, we were introduced to C-level executives who explained Lenovo’s ‘people first’ approach to IT, which made a real impact on us.

“We then met with storage experts from the Lenovo Data Center Group to discuss how best to take advantage of software-defined storage technology to boost the scalability of our infrastructure. We felt that Lenovo really listened when we explained our goals and requirements, and were prepared to do whatever it took to make that a reality.”

Litewire has deployed several Lenovo System x3650 M5, Lenovo System x3550 M5 and Lenovo System x3250 M5 servers as the foundation for its hosting infrastructure. Powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 and Intel Xeon E3 family of processors, the Lenovo servers deliver the high levels of performance needed to support Litewire’s virtual server environment, which is based on VMware ESXi and vSphere virtualization technology. As System x Solution for VMware vSAN Ready Nodes, the Lenovo solution also provides Litewire with a cutting-edge software-defined storage environment.

Marcus Hill comments: “Our technicians and engineers were able to get everything up and running very quickly, which is always a big plus. And because Lenovo XClarity software is built into each system, we can manage the entire physical infrastructure via a single pane of glass.”

Providing more flexible services
With the Lenovo solution in place, Litewire can offer its clients more flexible services than ever before.

“The combination of Lenovo servers and VMware software is fantastic,” remarks Marcus Hill. “It gives us a single software-defined infrastructure that we are able to scale rapidly to meet spikes in demand. Instead of having to procure, install and configure new physical SAN storage systems to meet clients’ growing storage requirements, we can simply order additional Lenovo vSAN Ready Nodes and add the capacity to the virtual storage pool. Provisioning and managing storage in clients’ virtual environments couldn’t be simpler.

“As clients are able re-use their existing VMware licenses for vSAN, the Lenovo solution enables us to offer clients a very cost-effective storage solution. What’s more, because we dramatically reduced our footprint by moving to the high-density Lenovo infrastructure, we can pass on the power, cooling and management cost savings to clients – further helping us to stay competitive.”

Highly satisfied with the Lenovo solution, Litewire has also been impressed with Lenovo support services. Marcus Hill says: “Although the Lenovo servers are very reliable and we haven’t experienced any issues with them, it’s nice to know that the Lenovo Data Center Group team is always there to help. We believe that Lenovo really cares about our success.”

He concludes: “With our software-defined infrastructure solution from Lenovo, we are much better placed to respond to the growing needs of our enterprise clients. And as demand continues to grow, we’re confident that Lenovo will be there to support us.”

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