By Peter High. Published on Forbes
On September 13 at Lenovo’s Transform 2.0 conference in New York, Lenovo, a technology leader in intelligent transformation, and NetApp, a hybrid cloud and data company, announced a global multi-faceted, partnership to bring innovative technology and a simplified experience to help customers modernize IT and accelerate their digital transformation. As innovation leaders in high-performance computing and flash storage solutions, Lenovo and NetApp are uniquely positioned to bring leading technology and scale to enable customers worldwide to modernize their IT architectures from the edge to the core network to the cloud.
The two companies are co-developing the largest range of new Lenovo-branded storage products that combine NetApp’s all-flash data management solutions with Lenovo’s ThinkSystem infrastructure. These new products will utilize core software technology from NetApp and will be manufactured by Lenovo, leveraging Lenovo’s supply chain
Additionally, Lenovo and NetApp announced a new joint venture company in China to deliver storage products and data management solutions localized and tailored to meet China’s specialized requirements and distinct cloud ecosystem. The new venture is expected to be operational by spring 2019, pending local approvals.
Just prior to the announcement, I sat down with Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and NetApp CEO George Kurian. Yang said, “Customers want a total solution. They want to reduce their vendor footprint where they can. This union brings together the capabilities of complementary players.”