Computer technology company Lenovo is tapping into EMC’s cloud infrastructure solutions to provide reference architectures designed to make it easier for businesses to build private clouds and virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI). The company just broke the news that its Flex System can now power EMC VSPEX reference architectures for private clouds and VDIs.
EMC VSPEX by Flex System for Private Cloud and EMC VSPEX by Flex System for VDI work to address challenges for both enterprise and mid-market consumers -- challenges like lowering total cost of ownership, driving faster deployments, and simplifying management.
Lenovo’s Flex System-based reference architectures -- along with two updated ThinkServer-based offerings crafted for small and midsize businesses and soon-to-be released System x-based offerings -- aim to provide a full portfolio of Lenovo x86 server-based EMC VSPEX reference architectures for private clouds and VDIs.
Under the Hood
The Flex System is an enterprise-ready solution that lets mid-size and large businesses "focus their energies on strategic growth initiatives rather than resource intensive deployment, management and configuration tasks,” said Mike Gebele, vice president of Server Systems and Marketing, Enterprise Business Group at Lenovo.
EMC VSPEX reference architectures promise to help reduce capital expenditures through validated designs, higher system utilization, streamlined cabling, and fewer network connections. They also work to slash operating expenses by consolidating management tools and creating administrative task efficiencies, which frees IT engineers and architects to focus on more critical business needs.
EMC VSPEX by Flex System for Private Cloud has been designed to support virtual machine (VM) environments from 200 to 1,000 VMs. And Lenovo’s Flex System chassis supports in-place upgrades that make it possible for customers to quickly upgrade with the latest technology. EMC VSPEX by Flex System for VDI is an end-user computing infrastructure solution that lets IT managers deploy, manage, and maintain thousands of employee desktops from a single user interface.
Where Is Lenovo Headed?
We turned to Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get his thoughts on the new offerings. He rightly points out that the practical value of strategic acquisitions and partnerships is not always easily discernable. In fact, the lack of longevity of such efforts among a choice handful of IT vendors is something of a tech industry inside joke, he said.
“But there are exceptions to the norm, including Lenovo’s purchase of IBM’s System X assets and organization, and the company efforts with EMC to support the VSPEX reference architecture,” he said. “This announcement casts light both on where the two vendors have been and where they will likely be going.”
Lenovo’s EMC VSPEX by Flex Systems may qualify as new solutions, King said. The deal between the two companies reflects successful relationship building and the pursuit of common goals that have been years in the making. What’s more, given the “striking innovation and technical excellence” of Lenovo’s x86 solutions portfolio and EMC’s own continuing development efforts, there will probably be additional, new areas for successful collaboration in the future, he added.
“Overall, there is much to admire in Lenovo and EMC’s new and improved VSPEX offerings,” King said. “While they certainly leverage the companies’ mutually complementary technologies to good effect, they do so in ways that should deliver substantial benefits to their mutual customers. But a larger story and greater benefits lie ahead as Lenovo and EMC’s partnership continues to grow and evolve.”