The first is an exclusive arrangement with server company Lenovo to resell Extreme switches. The second is validation and certification of Extreme switches to participate in EMC VSPEX integrated reference architectures.
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VSPEX is designed to provide a validated and modular reference design for users so they can choose which hypervisors, servers, networking equipment and EMC storage components to include in their data center and cloud infrastructure.
The alliance and endorsements allow Extreme to address a converged infrastructure market that the company, citing data from Wikibon, says is expected to grow from $6 billion this year to $74 billion in 2017 -- a compounded annual rate of better than 87%. Gartner says the integrated reference architecture market alone was $765 million in 2011 and is growing at 55% annually.
Lenovo and its channel partners will address converged infrastructure requirements in more than 60 countries, Extreme says. Extreme switches will be bundled with Lenovo ThinkServers, and perhaps with EMC storage components -- EMC and Lenovo struck up an alliance a year ago.