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Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services – Industry Snapshot

Published February 11th, 2019. In this free Industry Snapshot report, John Webster, Sr. Analyst, discusses Lenovo's TruScale Infrastructure Services. Download now to read the full report!

Lenovo has announced an as-a-Service acquisition model for its ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile product portfolios called TruScale Infrastructure Services. It is a subscription-based offering that allows customers to use and pay for Lenovo hardware, integrated OEM software and services. TruScale can be applied to an on premises data center or another customer-preferred location such as a colocation facility. Customers are not required to purchase equipment or to separately license the pre-integrated software.

We note that as-a-Service offerings are growing in number and variety for which we have identified four categories:

  • Large, global, managed storage services providers who offer storage infrastructure as-a-service with management and operational services included in the offering. (Examples: DXC Storage as a Service, HPE PointNext GreenLake, IBM GTS Cloud Private Storage)
  • Storage vendors who offer their own storage infrastructure (hardware and software) on an as-a-service basis (Examples: Hitachi Vantara Storage on Demand, Pure Elastic Storage Services)
  • VARS and smaller services providers who, depending on customer need, take a vendor’s Storage as-a-Service offering and layer management, support, and operational services on top. (Examples: Datalink, ViON
  • Storage startups who bring their solutions to market solely on an as-a-Service basis (Examples: ClearSky, Zadara)

Lenovo fits into the category of vendors who offer their own infrastructure on an optional as-a-service basis.

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