Lenovo, Netapp Forge Data Center Partnership, Joint Venture In China

One of the largest Data storage company NetApp Inc. which is plotting an expansion into the country China by teaming up with one of the largest laptop manufacturing company Lenovo Group Holding Ltd.

The companies today announced that a new technology partnership and plans to create a joint venture company that will allow NetApp to sell its products and services to in the china with the help of firms.

The international technology partnership will see the companies collaborate on a wide range of Lenovo-branded storage products that are being launched today by the day end. Announced at Lenovo’s Transform 2.0 conference, the products combine NetApp’s all-flash data management software with Lenovo’s ThinkSystem servers.

The first systems which also include the Lenovo ThinkSystem DE and DM Series servers, which are available starting from today. Few details have been released about the new sort of capabilities of these new systems just yet, but with NetApp busy transitioning its products in line with industry trends toward chip which is based flash storage and software-defined networking, it’s reasonable to assume they will be designed to meet these demands.

“In today’s global economy, customers demand new approaches to IT infrastructures that support their digital transformation; through this partnership,” said NetApp Chief Executive George Kurian. “Lenovo and NetApp will offer a comprehensive portfolio of products, solutions and service that is unrivaled in the market today.”

Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said the marriage between NetApp and Lenovo is “one of strength, not weakness” since both companies are presently on their “A-game.” He said the partnership was about the two firms joining forces in order to design, manufacture, market, sell and service external enterprise storage, both in China and beyond.

“Lenovo is in the unique position in that it’s the only Chinese-based enterprise infrastructure company that ‘gets’ working with western companies,” Moorhead said. “NetApp brings Lenovo into many new enterprise accounts.”

NetApp’s partnership with Lenovo is the latest in a string of relationships the company has been fostering as it looks to help its customers modernize their data center infrastructure for scenarios such as hybrid clouds.

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