Lenovo and Extreme Networks form Infrastructure Partnership

Lenovo and Extreme Networks form Infrastructure Partnership

Extreme Networks officials announced on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, that the data centre and technology solution provider has joined leading computer manufacturer Lenovo in a worldwide reseller partnership.

The partnership involves Lenovo reselling converged infrastructure solutions featuring Extreme Networks' Open Fabric Ethernet switches. Covering more than 60 countries around the world, the move also means channel partners of Lenovo will be offering this converged infrastructure solution, which relates to networking, storage and computing requirements.

Lenovo marketing VP Darren Ward stated in a press release on PRNewswire that addressing today's consumers' cloud and data centre needs hinges on integration of network stacks with proven computing, networking and storage solutions.

He continued to say that Lenovo has found an excellent partner for the delivery of complete solutions based on open standards in Extreme Networks. In his opinion, these solutions will play a major part in enabling customers to meet goals of achieving the most cost-effective, scalable architectures.

According to a recent analysis conducted by research company Gartner, Lenovo is currently the top PC manufacturer in the world, shipping the highest numbers of PCs during the second quarter of 2013.

The company first yanked this crown from previously leading company HP in October 2012. In what was at the time a somewhat weak market, Lenovo shipped a total of 13,767,976 devices. HP's total shipments during the same period accounted for 217,215 devices, meaning Lenovo sales were a whopping 63 times higher than HP sales.

Other manufacturers making the leader board during this period, which was, by the way, the first time Lenovo topped the shipping market, included Dell, Acer and ASUS.

In the last quarter of 2012, roles were temporarily reversed, as HP took a market share of 16.7 per cent, while Lenovo only received a share of 15.7 per cent. Dell, Acer and ASUS took 10.6 per cent, 7.8 per cent and 7.2 per cent respectively. During this period, overall shipments were 6.4 per cent lower than for the same period in 2011, which, considering worldwide economic situations is of little wonder.

With economies around the world gradually beginning to show signs of improvement (however little they may be) and the market still being influenced by the clearance of the last remaining Windows 7 devices due to the arrival of Windows 8, time will tell whether Lenovo can hold its leading position among some of the world's most renowned and popular computer manufacturers.

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