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).