Lenovo, VMware Partner on IT Infrastructure Solutions
The two companies will focus on data center solutions around servers, storage, networking and virtualization.Lenovo, in its first announcement after buying IBM's x86 server business for $2.1 billion, is teaming up with VMware to build new software-defined data center offerings for cloud and end-user computing environments. The two companies unveiled the partnership Oct. 14 at VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, a move that Lenovo officials said extends a 16-year development relationship between VMware and IBM's System x business. The IT infrastructure solutions Lenovo and VMware will develop will be designed to help enterprises and service providers embrace the concept of software-defined data centers (SDDCs), where customers can leverage server, storage and network virtualization to simplify their resources, cut IT costs and accelerate the provisioning of applications, officials said. The solutions will combine Lenovo's expanded IT hardware capabilities with virtualization technology from VMware in a range of areas, including private and hybrid cloud solutions. For the cloud, they will offer complete architectures that include Lenovo's server and networking hardware and VMware's vRealize Suite of cloud management capabilities. In the area of network virtualization, Lenovo will bring together its top-of-rack networking technology with VMware's NSX software-defined networking (SDN) platform to create solutions around network virtualization gateways and integrated traffic management.
There also will be software-defined storage (SDS) infrastructure offerings based on Lenovo servers and VMware's Virtual SAN software, and virtual desktop services developed with Lenovo's eXFlash server-based storage product and VMware's Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform.