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Lenovo and Nimble partner on predictive data centre solutions

Tue 18 Oct 2016

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Chinese PC giant Lenovo has partnered with all-flash storage firm Nimble to offer new converged systems in an effort to gain data centre market share.

The partnership between the two tech companies, announced by Lenovo, is part of a wider push from the vendor to expand its offering of pre-integrated converged appliances under the ThinkAgile portfolio. The CX series will be the first product range delivered by the vendor duo – with the first solution available from 28th October.

The new converged systems will include integrated Lenovo servers and networking gear, based on technology acquired in 2014 through its $2.3 billion acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business.

Nimble’s Predictive All Flash storage array and InfoSight predictive analytics software will also form part of the package. Lenovo said that it would be integrating its XClarity infrastructure management software with InfoSight tools to allow customers to use predictive analytics to automate support for data centre systems.

Through improved problem identification and automation, Lenovo hopes to build ‘self-healing’ capabilities across data centre components, including servers, storage and networking.

Lenovo expects the appliances to provide data centres with greater efficiency, performance and scaling capacity, resulting in reduced operating costs. The company claimed that this would allow organisations to shift resource and funds towards investing in new innovations and less towards systems maintenance.

The Chinese vendor aims to extend the ThinkAgile range across a variety of data centre workloads, from private clouds and virtual desktops to big data, telecommunications and high-performance computing (HPC).

‘Through this new alliance, we are able to deliver a continuous integration of hardware, software, and analytics support, establishing the means to develop the next generation all flash data center and drive strategic value for our customers,’ commented David Lincoln, executive director and general manager of Lenovo Data Center Business Group’s Server, Storage and Solutions Business Unit.

The new Nimble deal signals further efforts from Lenovo to partner with tech firms to help expand its capabilities in the data centre. In 2012, the company agreed to a joint venture with EMC, named LenovoEMC, to create Lenovo servers for enterprises and SMEs that work alongside EMC storage arrays. In 2015, this work expanded to offer fully integrated appliances including compute, virtualisation, networking, and management software.

This partnership has since dissolved somewhat with the Dell buyout of EMC earlier this year.


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