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Lenovo, Nutanix forge converged infrastructure pact

Lenovo and Nutanix will cook up hyperconverged systems that will run on Nutanix's software that combines compute and storage.

Lenovo and Nutanix outlined a partnership where the server maker's converged appliances will run on Nutanix software defined storage software.

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The two companies will develop a new family of Lenovo converged appliances that will combine storage, server and virtualization services into one box. Lenovo is aiming to build converged infrastructure as it starts to leverage the commodity server business it acquired from IBM last year and move up the data center food chain.

According to Lenovo and Nutanix these appliance will be build on the server maker's hardware, but powered by Nutanix software running on Intel processors.

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These appliances will be designed to run all enterprise workloads ranging from applications to big data to databases.

Under the partnership, these appliances will be sold through Lenovo's channel and sales organization. The two companies will also plan "substantial investments in platform engineering and development."

The Lenovo and Nutanix partnership highlights how data center players are offering converged devices to serve as infrastructure building blocks. Going forward, one software defined box will be able to handle compute, storage and networking chores.