The alliance enables the two tech vendors to compete with a growing number of companies entering the space, including HPE and Cisco. Officials with the two companies on March 9 announced a partnership in which they will take advantage of Lenovo's strengths in x86 servers and Juniper's expertise in next-generation networking to create converged, hyperconverged and hyperscale offerings for enterprises and Web-scale companies, which are looking for simple, integrated infrastructure products that will enable them to accelerate the time it takes them to bring applications and services to market and to drive down costs.
The converged and hyperconverged market is getting a lot of attention and is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years. IDC analysts expect the hyperconverged infrastructure market to increase to almost $2 billion this year and almost $5 billion by 2019. The systems offers compute, networking, storage, virtualization and software in a tightly-integrated appliance.