I find it almost unbelievable that it’s been 13 years since Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business but as they say “time flies” and it’s a fact. 2005 was the year of that acquisition, followed by the roll-out of Lenovo’s own branded PCs in 2006. They impressively took the ThinkPad brand and turned it into the No.1 for PC and laptop sales. This was all good news for Lenovo of course but we must remember that there are two sides to any deal and in this case, it was good for IBM too, shedding this “lower end commodity” business and allowing them to concentrate more intently on their enterprise solutions and such things as analytics, security and cloud.
The next IBM-Lenovo deal of course was Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s x86 server and lower end storage business. Again, for IBM this was about relieving themselves of what they considered to be a business at the commodity end of the scale. Server and storage solutions that are more “off the shelf”. Windows environments, low cost, requiring fewer people and less planning on the purchase and selling side, hence the acronym HVEC (High Volume, Easily Configurable). Along with this, another coup for Lenovo was the purchase from Google of Motorola Mobility in 2014. This then allowed Lenovo to supply technology from servers and storage to smartphones and a lot in between.
My question though, is how well are they and can they compete and serve in the enterprise data centre space?
Kim Stevenson is Lenovo’s senior VP of solutions for the data centre group. Kim says that the data centre group has just posted their highest revenues in two years, are one of the top five server vendors and made real advancements in core infrastructure and cloud technologies. Kim asserts that Lenovo are in the midst of transformation, with an expansion plan for the data centre group to telecoms and the internet of things, turning client’s traditional endpoints into smart and connected devices and engines to drive greater productivity and efficiency.
“ThinkSystem is a foundational platform, with the technology power of our ThinkAgile software-defined and hyper-converged set of solutions. Today, we are the fastest growing OEM partner of Nutanix with our ThinkAgile HX offering. Along with such competitive solutions, we are addressing challenges of humanity, such as using Lenovo technology to improve healthcare research efforts via our HPC and AI set of offerings that are built on our ThinkSystem server technology”.
Kim adds that the mega trends today are cloud (including hybrid), AI, digitisation and IoT. In a digital economy, companies require secure, flexible and reliable systems in their data centres that are purpose-driven. Those who exploit the new capabilities can transform their business models and revenues. “Lenovo is investing in key areas to help our customers succeed in the edge computing aspect of their digital transformation. We are making it easier and faster for our customers to add intelligence to their systems and things with Lenovo embedded, semi-custom, and OEM solutions. We are bringing together leaders in IT and IoT to deliver new solutions that simplify edge management, deployment, and virtualization. We will be delivering these new solutions on top of existing and new hardware, purpose-designed for edge computing”.
Recarta continue to support Lenovo and our clients as a gold partner. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how any of these trends and technologies can bring about transformation to your business.