Lenovo: Connecting Data Centers and the Cloud
Lenovo is a brand that’s known for items like its Moto devices, ThinkPad, and laptops, but lately they have been focusing more on connecting its devices to data centers and implementing cloud leadership. Madhu Matta, vice president of server, storage and solutions at the Lenovo Data Center Group insists that the company has portfolio solutions that will encourage customers to maximize any decisions they might make in their business, increasing the uptime of their data center in the process. This will also allow them to totally simplify the management for their IT. Lenovo, he says, also boasts a number of world records when it comes to overall performance, which allows their customers to completely accelerate the speed at which they get things done. But far from being a one trick pony, Lenovo has pioneered several aspects of the technological game aside from just ramping up the overall speed that you and your small business can get things done. They’ve also taken things to the next level in the cloud storage arena, which we’re going to get into now.
In order to enter into the cloud storage arena, Lenovo has unveiled REACHit, which at base is a consumer cloud storage service that will let its users access their files and apps that are in the cloud from a single login ID. As an extra incentive to get more people interested in this service, Lenovo has offered 5GB of free storage and started by offering the service to a select number of users as a way of gauging the response to it. The interface for this service is relatively intuitive and is fairly consistent across all devices that a user might have. It was also designed to implement touch interaction, as well as some standard keyboard and mouse interaction too.
Lenovo has some wide-reaching support when it comes to its hardware, using ThinkServer products, Lenovo-EMC enterprise storage, the private cloud service ThinkCloud AIO, as well as System X. Aside from simply being able to provide storage for its customers, Lenovo’s offering also provides distribution, push, and even video services to small businesses. ThinkCloud is actually able to provide mixed and private cloud solutions to data centers. Lenovo has planned to take this one step further by cooperating with partners like Intel, Microsoft, Aliyun, and Citrix. Basically, Lenovo participates in the whole process of operating and maintaining cloud platforms.
In short, Lenovo’s main plan is to own its hardware business as well as what connects people, networks, data, apps, and services. As Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said, “More devices means more demand for infrastructure.” It remains to be seen if this focus on more devices and greater connectivity will pan out the way that Lenovo hopes it will, but it’s easy to see that the global community is only getting more connected, and Lenovo is attempting to take after close partner Google to capitalize on this connectivity to reach its users in a brand new way. Either way, Lenovo remains a brand that’s well known for its innovative pieces of information technology, and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
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