Nimble Storage (NMBL), Lenovo Enter Strategic Data Center Partnership

October 17, 2016 9:05 AM EDT

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Lenovo and Nimble Storage, (NYSE: NMBL) 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.

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