Lenovo has announced at the Transform 2.0 conference in New York that it is entering into a global, multi-faceted partnership with NetApp to accelerate digital transformation for its customers. The transition should make it easier for both companies to modernize their IT architecture from the periphery to the core network to the cloud.
The two companies are working together to develop the largest range of new storage products from Lenovo, combining the all-flash data management solutions from NetApp with Lenovo's ThinkSystem infrastructure. These new products use the core software technology from NetApp and are manufactured by Lenovo.
In addition, Lenovo and NetApp have announced a new joint venture company in China to provide storage products and data management solutions that are localized and tailored to the special needs of China and the different battery ecosystem. It is expected that this will be operational in the spring of 2019, pending local approvals.
"Lenovo is committed to driving the new IT – Intelligent Transformation – through a growing array of customer-centric data centers," said Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. "Lenovo is committed to both organic and inorganic growth to meet the needs of our customers and to maintain the strongest global partnerships in the data center industry."
"In today's global economy, customers are asking for new approaches to IT infrastructures that support their digital transformation, and through this partnership, Lenovo and NetApp will offer a comprehensive portfolio of products, solutions and services that are unrivaled in the market today", George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer of NetApp. "By combining our complementary strengths in customer-centric innovation, Lenovo and NetApp will develop a new standard to accelerate the success of our customers."
The first solutions of this partnership – Lenovo ThinkSystem DE and DM Series – will be immediately available for purchase worldwide and more products will be unveiled in the coming months.