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Lenovo looks to simplify private clouds for SMB


The channel does not usually look to hardware vendors for cloud options, but Lenovo announced it has a validated architecture design specifically for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) to help them implement a private cloud environment through solution providers.

Lenovo supports EMC’s VSPEX program, which specifies EMC-validated technology – including Lenovo ThinkServers – to assemble a virtualization solution that’s pre-tested for the SMB market. Customer issues such as mitigating costs associated with supporting IT infrastructure and accelerating IT service delivery have been addressed with this validated design, according to Lenovo.

Darrel Ward, vice president, Enterprise Product Group for the company said, Lenovo ThinkServer as a core component of a validated VSPEX architecture, specifies virtualization, server, and network technology to create a virtualization solution that enables SMBs to spend less time and money on IT infrastructure and more time on their business.

“SMBs and channel providers will benefit from Lenovo’s VSPEX private cloud solutions, which are designed to scale and perform in a simple-to-deploy, single rack,” Ward added.

The VSPEX private cloud specification features a virtualization layer by platforms VMware vSphere and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, through Lenovo ThinkServer RD630, 2U rack server, with EMC VNX storage powered by the Intel Xeon processors.

The goal of the VSPEX solution is to reduce capital expenditure through higher utilization, simplified cabling and fewer network connections. The Lenovo solution also helps reduce operating expenditure by consolidating management tools and previously siloed system administration teams to allow higher-end customer IT engineers and architects to focus on more critical business needs instead of day-to-day administration, claims Lenovo.

Channel partners can get the VSPEX architecture by Lenovo at distributors, the company said.

EMC, VNX and VSPEX are registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. VMware and vSphere are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other countries.