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Why organisations need to build 'Third Platform' infrastructure: Lenovo and Nutanix

AvantiKumar | March 10, 2016
Malaysian organisations must focus on innovating reliable, next-generation infrastructure in the Third Platform era, said Lenovo and Nutanix.

Lenovo Nutanix 

Photo - (From Left ) Rajesh Viliyakath, Enterprise Business Group Leader, Lenovo SEA; Khoo Hung Chuan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Malaysia; and Paul Serrano, Senior Director & Chief Evangelist, APJ, Nutanix.


Malaysian organisations need to focus on building reliable, next-generation infrastructure in the Third Platform era, according to computer solutions giant Lenovo and hyperconvergence provider Nutanix.

A collaboration between Lenovo and Nutanix was officially confirmed recently in tandem with a discussion led by IDC in Kuala Lumpur on implementing an invisible infrastructure for enterprise computing to meet Third Platform needs.

Under the partnership, Lenovo will deliver scale, scope and support to drive infrastructure innovation to Malaysian enterprises while Nutanix will bring a reliable infrastructure for next-generation enterprise computing, they said.

Rajnish Arora, vice president, Enterprise Computing Research, IDC Asia/Pacific, said the Third Platform (IDC's '3rd Platform') was generally defined as the inter-dependencies between mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, and big data. IDC predicts that virtually all of enterprises' new strategic IT investments through 2020 will be built on 3rd Platform technologies and solutions.

Arora said IDC expected that by 2017, more than 60 percent of organisations' ICT spending will be for Third Platform technologies, solutions and services, rising to nearly 80 percent by 2020.

Innovation has been identified as becoming increasingly important as there is a greater demand placed upon IT infrastructure to support the evolving number of users, mobile devices and data traffic, he said, adding that IDC research from IDC estimated that connected devices will be double its growth, bridging 40 billion connected devices - signalling more business disruption in the next five years than in the past couple of decades.
"Asia Pacific's transformation through technology change and disruption is significant as it will be pivotal in reshaping the competitive landscape across verticals," Arora said.

 "In order to capture value from IT infrastructure innovation, organisations need to put into place next-generation infrastructure building blocks so they can remain competitive in the 3rd Platform era," he said.
Global hyperconverged partnership

Rajesh Viliyakath, Enterprise Business Group leader, Lenovo SEA, said that while CIOs were juggling with business challenges, they were also being bombarded by a plethora of technologies such as private/hybrid cloud, converged/hyper-converged systems and software-defined, making it difficult for them to make the right IT infrastructure decisions for their business.
"Enterprise needs are changing and the demand for varied server as well as other supporting infrastructure offerings are growing rapidly," added Viliyakath.

"Selecting the right technologies is only part of the job; integrating them into services that meet business needs and building scalable processes for provisioning and support represent the more complicated and challenging part of capturing value from innovation," he said. "Lenovo products and solutions are designed to transform enterprise' IT into a growth engine for greater efficiency, agility and resiliency, allowing them to do more with less."

Viliyakath said Lenovo can also bring extensive process and application offerings across its server, storage, networking, solutions and service pillars to support end-users and others.

Lenovo also officially announced the availability of Lenovo hyperconverged appliances powered by Nutanix software in Malaysia.

Khoo Hung Chuan, country general manager, Lenovo Malaysia, said: "We are very excited that this global partnership between Lenovo and Nutanix has made its way to our shores. I believe Lenovo can bring a new perspective to the rapidly growing Malaysia enterprise space. Nutanix's well recognised technology leadership, paired with our industry-leading innovation, will enable both companies to thrive by helping our local customers dramatically reduce complexity in datacentres of all sizes."

Khoo said the partnership has allowed jointly-developed hyperconverged appliances, featuring several of the latest Intel technologies that will run nearly all workloads, including enterprise applications, databases, virtualised desktops, and big data analytics, with improved efficiency and scalability.

He added Malaysian enterprises can leverage hyperconvergence, "the next big technology disruption in the enterprise market, to lower costs and get more value from their IT infrastructure."

 The combination of the reliability, reduced cost, and simplicity of Lenovo hardware with the scalability and ease of management of the Nutanix software, means that Malaysian enterprises will gain a faster time-to-value in deploying their applications.

Also present, Paul Serrano, senior director and chief evangelist, Nutanix, said: "Lenovo is an undisputed leader in multiple technology markets, and it has earned the trust of thousands of enterprises around the globe with its innovative and high-quality product."

"Partnering with Lenovo is a critical milestone in our journey to bring invisible infrastructure, with the efficiencies of web-scale technology and power of consumer-grade design, to companies of all sizes," said Serrano.


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