"There hasn't been a time like this in storage ever," said David Lincoln, general manager of Lenovo's storage business. "We see it in research, and we see it in the street, and it poses a threat to a lot of the legacy incumbents and their business model."
Lenovo is launching a software-defined storage appliance program called StorSelect. Under the program, Lenovo will team with Nexenta Systems and Cloudian to offer software-defined storage software on turnkey appliances built on Lenovo hardware. The first appliances being sold under the program are the Lenovo DX8200N, which integrates Nexenta software for unified file and block storage for scale-up deployments in either all-flash, hybrid or traditional drive flavors, and the DX8200C, which uses object-based storage software from Cloudian for large, scale-out deployments.