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Open Platform @ Lenovo System Means Powerful New Data Centers

By Steve Anderson June 30, 2016

Data centers are increasingly seen as value providers for businesses, and with good reason. Increasing demand for data center services and the tools that go into improving a data center's operations mean a market that's on the rise. Lenovo is doing its part to spur on the data center market with its new Open Platform @ Lenovo (OP@L) system, which it launched recently.

OP@L runs on the strength of the Red Hat software stack for network functions virtualization (NFV) running on specifically hardened infrastructure that's capable of working with Open Compute Platform (OCP) standards. Thanks to OP@L's new NFV-focused construction, it can allow for virtualization options to be put into mainstream data center operations. That can help reduce costs and network complexity.

In a bid to help drive OP@L forward, Lenovo is now a Platinum member of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project. With Lenovo as a member of the carrier-grade open source platform, Lenovo's standing in the open source community is now much higher than it was previously. It is clear that the company is committed to open source operations throughout its data center lineup. Since Lenovo was also a member of OCP, that actually gives Lenovo some previous development that it can bring to the table.

Further development is actually planned for the future, as Lenovo is looking to work with Red Hat on furthering Red Hat's NFV as part of a certified solution stack. This also, at last report, represents just one of the latest moves in Lenovo and Red Hat's ongoing collaborative efforts. Lenovo has been seen offering several Red Hat platforms as part of its own portfolio, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and even CloudForms.

The data center is the central pivot of a lot of initiatives these days, ranging from analytics projects to cloud-based service provision. As such, it needs to be up and running to its fullest, and many have discovered that NFV can take at least some weight off an internal data center by virtualizing some functions. That's good news, and as Red Hat and Lenovo continue developing in this vein, the end result is likely to prove valuable for both sides of this collaborative effort.

Value produced by the data center likely won't fall off soon, both for its users and for its suppliers. That's going to put projects like OP@L in demand going forward, and give rise to plenty of competitors eager for a slice of that market.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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