Lenovo, Nimble Storage Partner to Transform the Data Center

  • Lenovo Flash-based storage and converged infrastructure solutions to be powered by Nimble
  • Companies to expand predictive autonomous management to deliver data center efficiency
  • Next generation Lenovo All Flash Array solutions to provide greater efficiency and scale

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. & SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Lenovo (HKSE: 992) and Nimble Storage, (NYSE: NMBL) today announced a strategic partnership intended to transform data center capabilities by delivering new levels of efficiency and scale, and slashing the time IT teams spend managing infrastructure. Lenovo and Nimble will enable the use of predictive analytics in infrastructure management to automate service activities, allowing data centers to redeploy their resources from maintenance and support tasks to strategic projects that deliver value for their organizations.

According to recent data from industry analyst firm, Forrester, for 2016, U.S. enterprises are allocating only 29 percent of their tech budgets to new project spending and 45 percent of the balance to ongoing operations and maintenance, keeping the lights on, and maintaining the status quo.1 This partnership brings together Lenovo’s world-class server technology, rated number one in reliability2 and customer satisfaction3, with Nimble’s innovative All Flash storage offerings and InfoSight™ Predictive Analytics as a means to address this issue, enabling the IT professional to spend less time on maintenance and more time innovating. In the first wave of these offerings, Lenovo today announced its ThinkAgile™ CX series of converged infrastructure solutions, which has storage capabilities powered by Nimble Predictive All Flash arrays.

Lenovo plans to integrate its XClarity™ infrastructure management software with Nimble InfoSight which leverages predictive analytics to automate the support experience. The two companies will work together in creating “self-healing” system management capabilities across the entire data center infrastructure, including storage, compute, and networking. The alliance promises to increase data center resiliency through early problem identification and automated intervention across the infrastructure stack. The result is expected to provide IT professionals the opportunity to redeploy resources from day-to-day maintenance tasks to strategic revenue-generating projects that will create value and drive business growth.

The first offerings that will benefit from the Lenovo-Nimble partnership will be the ThinkAgile CX Series solution available on October 28.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode Yoga brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Moto brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About Nimble Storage

Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 9,000 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

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“This strategic relationship with Nimble enables us to deliver a state of the art all flash offering, further extending the industry’s best customer experience by leveraging the predictive analytics platform, InfoSight, all while providing a lower TCO,” said David Lincoln, executive director and general manager of Server, Storage and Solutions Business Unit, Data Center Business Group, Lenovo. “Through this new alliance, we are able to deliver a continuous integration of hardware, software, and analytics support, establishing the means to develop the next generation all flash data center and drive strategic value for our customers.”

Nimble Storage

“Immediate data access is critical to maintaining competitive edge. Unfortunately, enterprises continue to be challenged with complex infrastructure that causes applications to slow down and impact business. We strive to provide simple, self-managing infrastructure so IT organizations can steer their attention to strategic business initiatives,” said Suresh Vasudevan, chief executive officer, Nimble Storage. “By combining our innovative technology with Lenovo’s global footprint and product scope we’ll provide a portfolio of high performance, application optimized solutions that minimize infrastructure management and lower overall support costs.”

1 2016 Tech Budget Benchmarks”, Forrester Research, Inc., January 21, 2016

2 Lenovo enterprise servers are ranked #1 in x86 reliability, according to the ITIC 2015-2016 Global Server Hardware, Server OS Reliability Report, July 2015

3 Lenovo enterprise servers ranked #1 in customer satisfaction, according to the latest TBR Customer Satisfaction Survey, August 2015


Jon Piazza, 310-498-5254


Jon Piazza, 310-498-5254