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Lenovo, VMware Team Up for Software Defined Data Center Solutions

By - Source: Lenovo

Just weeks after acquiring IBM's System x server business, Lenovo announced a partnership with VMware to deliver new IT infrastructure solutions aimed at virtualization, end user computing, the cloud and more.

These new IT solutions will combine VMware's infrastructure with Lenovo's servers and networking hardware, according to Lenovo. The goal? To reduce costs, speed up app provisioning, and simplify the data center altogether.

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Lenovo indicated that its new eXFlash server-based, low-latency storage solution, will be used to enhance the performance of virtual desktop services for end users. Backing this solution will be the VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform.

The two companies also revealed that they will provide software defined storage infrastructure solutions as well as private and hybrid cloud infrastructure solutions. Lenovo and VMware will also jointly market their solutions while sharing service provider and business partner channels.

"Lenovo is a top-of-rack networking development partner for VMware NSX, and will deliver flexible network virtualization gateway and integrated traffic management solutions, enabling an open, software-defined foundation for agile, flexible, and scalable cloud environments," the press release said.

News of the collaboration follow Lenovo's initial closing of the deal to purchase IBM's x86 server business at the beginning of October. The company will be acquiring IBM's BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, blade networking and maintenance operations, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, System x and x86-based Flex integrated systems.

As part of the agreement, IBM retained its Power-based Flex servers, Power Systems, PureApplication and PureData appliances, Storage Systems and System z mainframes. Lenovo also plans to serve as IBM's OEM to resell select products from IBM's library of services and hardware.

As for VMware, Raghu Raghuram, the company's executive vice president of the Software Defined Data Center Division, said that the company is pleased that it is collaborating with Lenovo, and that the two will help mutual customers see the benefits that a software defined data center can bring. "With the combination of VMware and Lenovo solution, we are empowering organizations with powerful automation, agility and flexibility in their IT infrastructure," Raghuram said.