Lenovo and VMware have announced plans to collaborate on software-defined data center solutions.
Announced on Tuesday, the partnership between the tech firms is aimed at developing new IT infrastructure solutions for private and hybrid cloud, end user computing, and virtualization through data center channels.
The agreement extends the 16-year development relationship between IBM's System x and VMware. System x, now part of Lenovo's portfolio after the acquisition of the x86 server business in January, has produced products including the first VMware embedded hypervisor.
Through the partnership, Lenovo and VMware solutions will be brought together in order to "help enterprises and service providers simplify the data center, speed application provisioning, and reduce costs."
Areas of collaboration include:
- Private and hybrid infrastructure solutions based on validated end-to-end architectures;
- Network virtualization gateways and integrated traffic management solutions;
- Software Defined Storage infrastructure solutions based on a wide range of Lenovo servers and VMware Virtual SAN software.
- Enhanced performance of end-user virtual desktop services through Lenovo eXFlash technology, and the VMware Horizon virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform.
- Joint marketing plans for business partners and service provider channels.
Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president of the Software-Defined Data Center Division at VMware commented:
"We are pleased to continue to work closely with Lenovo to help our mutual customers realize the benefits of a software-defined data center. With the combination of VMware and Lenovo solution, we are empowering organizations with powerful automation, agility and flexibility in their IT infrastructure."
, VMware's AirWatch unit said on Tuesday that it will partner with Hewlett-Packard's enterprise unit on mobile management software deployments.
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