As part of the reseller agreement, Lenovo and its network of channel partners will address customers in more than 60 countries by reselling a converged infrastructure solution for compute, networking and storage featuring Extreme Networks’ Open Fabric Ethernet switches that uniquely address the challenges of cloud computing with scale, reliability and support of the OpenStack™ cloud initiative. The strategic global reseller alliance will address converged infrastructure for data centers and the cloud.
The reselling deal follows after in April this year there where talks about Lenovo being in negotiations with IBM to acquire parts of its server division. These talks broke down after the two sides couldn’t agree on a price. Although Lenovo is already offering some types of servers within its portfolio, Hosting Journalist hasn’t seen any Lenovo servers yet inside the data centers of hosting or colocation providers. An acquisition of the IBM server business would definitely contribute to an enhancement of Lenovo’s server proposition in the web hosting market, similar to the leap Lenovo has made by acquiring IBM’s PC business.
The products of Extreme Networks will complement Lenovo’s current server offering. Extreme Networks’ products are managed with a single modular operating system, ExtremeXOS, promoting network automation, customization through open APIs, and support of open standards networking. The company’s Open Fabric data center and campus edge network solutions offer 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet,Software Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenStack tools to ease the migration to the cloud.
“Addressing customer needs for cloud and data center today hinges on integrating the network stack with proven solutions for computing, storage and networking,” says Darrel Ward, Vice President of Marketing, Lenovo Enterprise Products Group. “With Extreme Networks, we have found an excellent partner that will enable Lenovo to deliver a complete, open standards-based solution that will play a central role in allowing our customers to meet their goal of establishing cost-effective and scalable architectures.”