Lenovo enters into global alliance with NetApp to boost users’ digital transformation; launches ThinkShield by Lenovo end-to-end security lineup



Lenovo and NetApp have entered into a global multi-faceted, partnership to bring technology and a simplified experience to help customers modernize IT and accelerate their digital transformation. As innovation providers in high-performance computing and flash storage solutions, Lenovo and NetApp are positioned to bring 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 world-class supply chain, which is ranked in the top five by Gartner for all global technology companies.

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.

“Lenovo is committed to driving the new IT – Intelligent Transformation – through an expanding customer-centric set of data center offerings,” said Yang Yuanqing, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “Lenovo is committed to both organic and inorganic growth to meet the needs of our customers, and maintaining the strongest global partnerships in the data center industry.”

“In today’s global economy, customers demand new approaches to IT infrastructures that support their digital transformation; through this partnership, Lenovo and NetApp will offer a comprehensive portfolio of products, solutions and service that is unrivaled in the market today,” said George Kurian, Chief Executive Officer, NetApp. “Combining our complementary strengths in customer-centric innovation, Lenovo and NetApp will establish a new standard to accelerate our customers’ success.”

“Lenovo and NetApp are uniquely positioned to deliver the next-generation of high performance data management solutions across the globe offering customers unprecedented new performance, value and choice,” said Kirk Skaugen, Executive Vice President, Lenovo and President, Lenovo Data Center Group. “Lenovo, now the world’s fastest growing server company, remains committed to our vision of being the most trusted data center partner for our customer’s digital transformation. We are bringing these new storage and data management solutions immediately to companies in more than 160 countries with an unmatched supply chain and services network, and through an ever-strengthening global channel partner ecosystem.”

The new venture is expected to be operational by spring 2019, pending local approvals. The first solutions from this partnership – Lenovo ThinkSystem DE and DM Series – will be globally available for purchase immediately.

Lenovo also introduced on Thursday ThinkShield by Lenovo, its end-to-end security offerings that improve security within the enterprise. From secure BIOS and firmware development to features like ThinkPad Privacy Guard security screens and laptop camera shutters, Lenovo builds protection into its products. Lenovo also controls its global supply chain, by setting strict security standards and policies for its manufacturing facilities.

Lenovo’s partnership with Intel has enabled them to align with the Intel Transparent Supply Chain, which allows customers to locate the source of each component of their new system. Lenovo also oversees the security of suppliers who build intelligent components, making sure they conform to rigorous Trusted Supplier Program guidelines and best practices. For an extra layer of transparency, Lenovo Quality Engineers can audit suppliers at any time.

 

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