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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.®

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