Lenovo and Nimble Storage Join Forces

Today, Lenovo and Nimble Storage announced a joint partnership, furthering the capabilities and the reach of both companies. The near–term product offering that results from the partnership will be Lenovo’s ThinkAgile CX converged system available on October 28th, with Nimble providing the storage element. From a business perspective, the deal makes so much sense for both companies; the real question may be what took them so long.

First, let’s start with the obvious benefits. Lenovo gets access to Nimble’s Predictive Flash technology for its converged offering, rounding out its storage portfolio and adding a larger scale converged offering to pair with its existing hyperconverged solutions from the partnership with Nutanix. Nimble Storage gains access to Lenovo’s substantial enterprise sales channel. While the immediate impact will likely be a boost in revenue for both companies, this partnership looks like it goes beyond the simple reselling of technology.

Topics: Storage Lenovo Nimble Converged All flash hyperconverged

Lenovo enters the storage market with software-defined storage

Game on!

This week, Lenovo announced its StorSelect enterprise storage portfolio, entering the storage market and, according to Lenovo, driving deeper into the $87 billion data center market. The inaugural StorSelect solutions will feature integrated products that leverage Lenovo hardware and software from software-defined storage (SDS) players, Nexenta and Cloudian.

Topics: Storage Object storage NAS Lenovo software-defined storage Nexenta Cloudian

What DellWorld 2014 says about Dell’s future in 2015 and beyond

I recently had the opportunity to attend DellWorld 2014 in my hometown of Austin, Texas. One year after going private, Dell seems, at least to this outside observer, to be filled with excitement and optimism for the future. The positive atmosphere comes as a welcome change from what seems to be a sea of turmoil encompassing the remaining server-storage players in the IT market these days. HP recently announced plans to split the company into two, separating the consumer and enterprise pieces. This news comes in the wake of IBM selling its X-series server business to Lenovo. The list of end-to-end IT providers is rapidly shrinking.

Topics: IBM Microsoft VMware nutanix HP Lenovo software-defined data center software-defined storage openstack Quest Software Swift Nexenta

HP's New Free-defined Software-defined Storage

While the title of HP's press release today may have just a smidgeon of hyperbole ("HP Makes Software-defined Storage Available to the World"), what it covers is indeed significant. Before I comment, the gist is this: Purchasers of Intel Xeon E5 v3 processor-based servers can now get a no-cost 1TB HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) license. That VSA is not an appliance per se, but it is software that applies common storage functionality using the storage that is typically provided as a part of any server purchase. It is well proven, as it is in essence the management system that attracted HP to buy LeftHand.

Topics: Storage Lenovo

BYOA: Bring Your Own Authentication

Most people who use IT or Internet applications would agree that the current username/password mode of authentication is cumbersome, ineffective, and obsolete. According to ESG research, 55% of information security professionals working at enterprise organizations (i.e., more than 1,000 employees) believe that username/password authentication should be completely eliminated or relegated to non-business critical applications only.

Topics: Cloud Computing Microsoft End-User Computing Private Cloud Infrastructure Information and Risk Management mobile Security and Privacy google Lenovo multi-factor authentication ARM RSA Security Public Cloud Service

Can the FIDO Alliance Act as a Game-Changer and Help Obsolete User Name/Password Authentication?

It seems like yesterday when I was logging onto the VAX system at my alma mater UMass so I could work on a market research project with a statistics program. When my time slot came up, I would sit in front of a VT100 terminal, input my username and password, and voila – a timesharing session at the cutting-edge of high tech.

Well this memory may seem recent but in truth it was back in the mid-1980s. I probably had a mullet and was hankering to listen to Flock of Seagulls at the time. The VAX, mullet, and new wave music are now ancient history but we’re still using user names and passwords for authentication most of the time.

Topics: IBM Apple Microsoft End-User Computing Information and Risk Management mobile Security and Privacy Security google Lenovo endpoint security mobile device multi-factor authentication RSA Security Facebook

Extreme Networks Revamps Go-to-Market with Lenovo and EMC VSPEX Partnerships

Recently, Extreme Networks announced its global reseller partnership with Lenovo as well as its inclusion in the EMC VSPEX program. Both announcements highlight the ability to create integrated computing platforms (ICP) leveraging Extreme networking equipment. For more information on this, please see Mark Bowker’s Market Landscape Report, Integrated Computing Platforms. While the Lenovo and VSPEX announcements are technically separate entities, together, they mark what appears to be the beginning of an aggressive go-to-market approach from Extreme—both from a technology alliance point of view, and from a channel strategy perspective. Indeed, EMC has been partners with Lenovo for some time now and there will be synergies that Extreme can leverage.

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Topics: EMC IT Infrastructure Networking integrated computing platforms ICP Lenovo Extreme Networks