As enterprises consider expanding their data center footprint, they inevitably start by evaluating the effectiveness of their private cloud/public cloud use. Both private and public approaches have merits, but market trends are pointing toward hybrid solutions that comprise a transition period from on-premises server farms to partial outsourcing to increasing dependence on the public cloud. Whatever cloud path an enterprise takes, success depends on assembling the right solution—a solution that encompasses an ecosystem of the right partners, hardware, software, and network management tools.
A new white paper by ACG Research focuses on the data center (DC) switching infrastructure aspect of that ecosystem, showing that Lenovo’s switching combined with server solutions provide for the full spectrum for a data center strategy for enterprises and cloud providers. Importantly for heterogeneous environments, Lenovo’s products are also interoperable with other vendors’ products in the same space. Third-party Tolly testing validated Lenovo’s interoperability advantages.
Further, the study highlights the fact that Lenovo’s solutions offer the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) among its main competitors. A return on investment (ROI) analysis was conducted over 5 years, showing a clear Lenovo advantage; a similar analysis found that Lenovo DC switches have the lowest capital (capex) and operational (opex) expenditures. But performance is essential too: Tolly performance tests showed that Lenovo is four times more performant than the leading competitor. In packet-loss tests, Lenovo’s results were twice as favorable relative to the competitor’s results.
Read the full ACG Research white paper to fully absorb the Lenovo advantages: high-performance, resilient servers and switches, integrated and validated with existing data center ecosystems, interoperable with other vendors’ solutions, and at competitive prices. A Lenovo video discusses these advantages further, focusing on interoperability, data center integration, cloud integration, and TCO/ROI. Bolstering these proven advantages is a recent Gartner Peer Insights snapshot of Lenovo customers, indicating that 87 percent of customers who considered Lenovo switches, purchased them. Further, Lenovo was rated very high for customer satisfaction, getting a 4.7 out of 5. Lenovo ranks highest among its peers in both the conversion and satisfaction rate. Lenovo’s comprehensive switch portfolio is a great fit for the data center.