The Channel logo


By | Chris Mellor 9th March 2016 14:58

Lenovo, Juniper in hyper-converged mashup.... hang on, who's doing storage?

Compute and networking giants bang on trend

Lenovo and Juniper have set up a strategic alliance to build converged, hyper-converged and hyper-scale data centre infrastructure products for enterprise and web-scale customers.

Lenovo contributes x86-based servers and switches. Juniper has a portfolio of routers, switches, network management software, network security products and software-defined networking technology.

  • Customers will be able to purchase Juniper networking products and support directly from Lenovo
  • Juniper and Lenovo will bring ONIE (Open Network Install Environment) products to market
  • They will offer simplified management and orchestration in the data centre with Lenovo’s xClarity management software and Juniper’s Network Director and Contrail SDN software
  • They will collaborate on a worldwide go-to-market basis to target enterprise customers, service providers, channel partners and system integrators
  • They will develop joint go-to-market plans and a tailor-made resell model to meet localisation requirements in China

Gerry Smith, Lenovo’s EVP and COO for its PC and Enterprise Business Group, said: “Lenovo is on a mission to become the market leader in data center solutions. … Our partnership with Juniper Networks provides Lenovo access to an industry leading portfolio of products that include Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions – essential for state-of-the-art data centre offerings.”

But where is the storage component in its hyper-converged and converged system offerings? Something else is coming and it's probably a software-defined hyper-converged storage technology – meaning Atlantis, DataCore, Maxta or SpringPath (Cisco permitting).

Maxta has an architecture brief describing how its MaxDeploy software runs on Lenovo.®

comment icon Read 2 comments on this article or post a comment alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe