Juniper Networks and Lenovo form global datacentre partnership

datacentre1Lenovo and Juniper Networks have announced a global strategic partnership to drive development of next-generation datacentre infrastructure solutions.

The partnership will focus on next-generation converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale data centre infrastructure solutions for enterprise and web-scale customers. The aim of the union will be to deliver flexible and cheaper solutions for customers, with a strong focus on simplifying user experience.

“Partnering with Lenovo expands Juniper’s strategy to deliver a full-stack solution for a wide-range of data centres, from the mid-range enterprise to private cloud and to hyper-scale customers,” said Juniper Networks CEO Rami Rahim. “We are excited about collaborating with Lenovo to leverage the full power of our IP-networking portfolio based on JunosOS and Contrail, in delivering the next generation of converged, hyper-converged, and hyper-scale solution to customers in China and globally”

As part of the partnership, customers will be able to purchase Juniper networking products directly through Lenovo, as well as receiving a consolidated support function for both companies. With the move to disaggregation of hardware and software in the datacentre, the two companies intend to bring open, flexible solutions to market, leveraging the ONIE (Open Network Install Environment) model.

“Lenovo is on a mission to become the market leader in datacentre solutions. We will continue to invest in the development and delivery of disruptive IT solutions to shape next-generation data centres,” said Gerry Smith, Executive VP and COO at Lenovo’s PC and Enterprise Business Group “Our partnership with Juniper Networks provides Lenovo access to an industry leading portfolio of products that include Software Defined Networking solutions – essential for state-of-the-art data centre offerings”

With a focus on the Chinese market, currently plans centre on a joint go-to-market strategy, as well as a tailor-made resell model to address unique localization requirements in China.