Two of the world’s biggest IT companies, Lenovo and Juniper, have signed a global agreement that will see both coordinate on the development of a converged datacentre product.
According to a joint statement, the two will leverage synergies in their respective product and technology portfolios to build the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale Datacenter infrastructure solutions for enterprise and web-scale customers.
Lenovo executive vice president and chief operating officer, PC and enterprise business Group, Gerry Smith, said the company was on a mission to become the market leader in datacenter solutions.
“We will continue to invest in the development and delivery of disruptive IT solutions to shape next-generation data centers. 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 center offerings,” he added.
The new offering will enter the market to compete with similar products from Simplivity, Nutanix and HP.
Juniper Networks, chief executive, Rami Rahim, said partnering with Lenovo expands the company’s strategy to deliver a full-stack solution for a wide-range of data centers.
“We are excited about collaborating with Lenovo to leverage the full power of our IP-networking portfolio based on JunosOS and Contrail, in delivering the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale solution to customers in China and globally, “ he added.
Lenovo will bring its x86 portfolio to the project and Juniper will integrate its management software, network security products and software-defined networking technology into the solution.
As a result of the deal, customers will be able to purchase Juniper’s networking products directly from Lenovo as well as consolidated support.The two companies intend to bring the jointly developed solutions to market leveraging the ONIE (Open Network Install Environment) model.
Both companies will collaborate to offer simplified management and orchestration in the Datacentre leveraging Lenovo’s xClarity management software as well as Juniper’s Network Director and Contrail SDN software.
The two companies will also collaborate on a worldwide go-to-market strategy targeting enterprise customers, service providers and channel partners.