Tech giant Lenovo announced Monday the launch of private cloud services designed for SMBs. Lenovo supports EMC’s VSPEX program, providing a proven virtualization solution in its bid to become a comprehensive go-to IT services provider for SMBs.
VSPEX includes Lenovo Thinkserver as part of its validated infrastructure, and its virtualization layer specifies platforms from VMware and Microsoft.
“VSPEX enables customers to gain business value by transforming their IT with proven, simple, efficient and flexible solutions,” Bharat Badrinath, senior director, global solutions marketing at EMC said in a statement.
The move by Lenovo into cloud services has been anticipated since EMC and Lenovo announced a partnership just over a year ago. By offering VSPEX, Lenovo hopes to leverage its established position as a provider of hardware for SMBs. Lenovo branched into consumer cloud services earlier this year with its “Lenovo Reach” service.
The Lenovo VSPEX solution will help businesses reduce both capital and operating expenses, according to the company, by improving efficiency and easing the burden of day-to-day IT administration.
“SMBs and channel providers will benefit from Lenovo’s VSPEX private cloud solutions, which are designed to scale and perform in a simple-to-deploy, single rack,” Darrel Ward, vice president of Enterprise Product Group, Lenovo said in a statement.
The cloud market is expected to be worth $2.49 billion dollars in the next five years, with small and medium sized businesses lagging behind government and BFSI companies in adoption. A recent report by Spiceworks found that SMBs are trending towards cloud adoption and away from traditional network and technology solutions.
Lenovo’s decision to compete for SMB cloud business represents a challenge to Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps and Zoho, the current most popular services.