Lenovo and Pivot3 Launch a Global Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution, Exclusively to be Resold by Arrow Electronics

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Pivot3, a pioneer and innovator in the development of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), and Lenovo have partnered to bring Pivot3’s Global Hyper-Converged solution to Lenovo clients. Arrow ECS will be the exclusive distributor of this platform in Europe, expanding a long-standing relationship. The combined solution will be sold as the “Hyper-Converged ONE” appliance initially leveraging a high-performance, best-in-class Lenovo All-Flash platform and will be at first focused on the European market.

Pivot3’s global hyper-convergence solution breaks the long-standing trade-off between available storage capacity and data protection by pooling all resources across a cluster. Through Pivot3's patented Scalar Erasure Coding, customers benefit from the highest levels of fault tolerance while benefiting from unprecedented storage and compute efficiencies. These result in a cost per terabyte and cost per IOPS far lower than that achieved by merely locally hyper-convergence vendors.

“The combined Lenovo/Pivot3 solution will deliver a powerful, efficient and easily scalable data centre solution to our customers,” said Guy England, Director of Lenovo’s Enterprise Business Group. “This partnership brings Lenovo clients a leading hyper-converged offering and will provide a scalable and flexible solution to unify and optimize the storage and compute power needed to deliver a superior user experience and excellent price-performance.”

The Pivot3/Lenovo platform will be sold through Arrow ECS and its channel partners, giving them full access to Pivot3’s HCI offering and the ability to deliver an innovative and economically scalable solution to current and new customers. Channel partners will benefit from a robust training and certification program that includes marketing support, sales enablement and promotional programs.

The partnership with Arrow ECS takes the Lenovo ThinkServer™ RD650 Server, installs Pivot3’s HCI software and creates a highly effective hyper-converged appliance. The integration of Pivot3's vSTAC OS™ software and Lenovo’s ThinkServer RD650 server will enable Lenovo appliance users to get maximum storage efficiency, fault tolerance and higher compute performance, all with single pane of glass management while delivering lower total cost of operations.

“This OEM partnership greatly expands Pivot3’s reach with an exciting solution for Lenovo’s customers and will provide enhanced go-to-market capabilities, lead generation, sales, service support, marketing and events,” said Ron Nash, CEO of Pivot3. “Combining Lenovo’s hardware with Pivot3’s hyper-converged solutions and Arrow’s market reach will create a powerful offering in this competitive and fast-growing marketplace. Our joint solution will allow Lenovo’s channel partners to deliver an advanced, full-featured solution to their customers.”

For Arrow ECS, the partnership is a great way to bring hyper-converged infrastructure to one of the fastest growing segments of the IT market and satisfy the need for businesses to quickly scale IT infrastructure. The combined Pivot3/Lenovo solution will change the economics of the data center via its ‘scale as you grow’ model.

As data center customers tackle unprecedented levels of infrastructure complexity, proven approaches and technologies such as Pivot3’s platform are taking center stage as an effective alternative to stand-alone hardware and traditional converged systems. A shift is occurring, and legacy storage platforms are seeing their markets pivot to hyper-converged platforms from a wide — and growing — roster of vendors.

Hyper-converged infrastructure is one of the fastest growing segments of the hardware market as executives are increasingly seeking ways to sharpen their offerings for the future. According to the Technology Business Research (TBR) 2015 Data Center Predictions report, hardware companies are looking for “software-infused hardware innovation” and are going after companies that are “currently shaping the markets of software-defined networking (SDN), software-defined storage (SDS) and hyper-converged servers.”

TBR's 1Q15 Hyper-converged Platforms Market Landscape report estimates the global hyper-converged platforms market will grow at a five-year CAGR of 71.6 percent from 2013 to 2018, compared to a five-year CAGR of 18.4 percent for the overall converged infrastructure market.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $39 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 Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions, with 2014 sales of $22.8 billion. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 countries. A Fortune 150 company with 17,000 employees worldwide, Arrow brings technology solutions to a breadth of markets, including telecommunications, information systems, transportation, medical, industrial and consumer electronics.

Arrow provides specialized services and expertise across the product lifecycle. Arrow does this by connecting customers to the right technology at the right place at the right time and at the right price. Arrow provides extraordinary value to customers and suppliers - the best technology companies in the world - and connects them through the company's industry-leading services. To learn more about Arrow, visit http://www.arrowecs.co.uk.

About Pivot3

Founded in 2002, Pivot3 provides patented global hyper-convergence technology that saves an extraordinary amount of space, ensures fault tolerance, drives down complexity and cost, and dramatically increases scale-out performance. Today, Pivot3 has more than 1,600 customers around the world deploying more than 13,000 globally hyper-converged infrastructure appliances in multiple industries, such as video surveillance, healthcare, government, transportation, entertainment, education, gaming and retail. The company has won numerous awards and was most recently featured by CRN in their top 50 Virtualization list for 2014. To learn more about Pivot3, visit http://www.pivot3.com.

Contacts

for Pivot3
Allison Francis, 972-235-3439
afrancis@ideagrove.com

Release Summary

Pivot3 and Lenovo have partnered to bring Pivot3’s Global Hyper-Converged solution to Lenovo clients. Arrow ECS will be the exclusive distributor of this platform in Europe.

Contacts

for Pivot3
Allison Francis, 972-235-3439
afrancis@ideagrove.com