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Podcast #65: Stuart McRae, Lenovo Storage Systems

by Brian Beeler
Lenovo DM Storage

Almost two years ago exactly, Lenovo and NetApp signed a collaboration agreement that had two core components. One was to form a joint venture specifically to sell into China. The other was for Lenovo to be able to offer its own line of storage systems. We’ve been working with the DM Series, which runs ONTAP, but is sold and serviced by Lenovo’s enterprise teams. For those that think of Lenovo as the ThinkPad company, there’s much more going on. In fact, they’ve got some of the best servers around, several have earned Editor’s Choice awards from us, two this year. The storage arrays are pretty strong too.

Almost two years ago exactly, Lenovo and NetApp signed a collaboration agreement that had two core components. One was to form a joint venture specifically to sell into China. The other was for Lenovo to be able to offer its own line of storage systems. We’ve been working with the DM Series, which runs ONTAP, but is sold and serviced by Lenovo’s enterprise teams. For those that think of Lenovo as the ThinkPad company, there’s much more going on. In fact, they’ve got some of the best servers around, several have earned Editor’s Choice awards from us, two this year. The storage arrays are pretty strong too.

On this podcast, I talk with Stuart McRae, Director, Storage Product Planning and Product Management at Lenovo. Stuart has been with Lenovo for a number of years, IBM before that. He’s seen the growth of Lenovo’s data center business and now has an even larger role as the storage systems business takes shape.

On the podcast Stuart talks about:

  • The best college hoops team in NC
  • The importance of being customer-focused
  • The entire Lenovo storage portfolio including DM, DE, and JBOD offerings
  • The benefits of end-to-end NVMe in their new DM7100F array
  • What customers need after performance
  • The benefits of unified storage and upcoming object storage support
  • How customers are using the cloud, including the options when it comes to cloud tiering
  • Lenovo’s #1 customer satisfaction ranking in servers
  • Upcoming ThinkSystem management tools coming this year

Lenovo Tech World – October 28th-29th

Lenovo Storage Systems

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