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Lenovo has launched a new partner program on Tuesday for cloud and managed service providers. The program is the result of the transition of the IBM System x server business to Lenovo, which Lenovo acquired from IBM as part of the $2.3 billion IBM x86 transaction last January.
In October, IBM System x become part of Lenovo, and the ThinkServer brand and System X are now a part of the Lenovo Enterprise Server Group.
The partner program will offer service providers access to discounted systems directly from distributors, business development funds that can be used for certifications to improve technical skills, and financing plans that help service providers improve profitability and cash flow, Lenovo said.
The program is currently available to partners in North America, but Lenovo said it plans to roll out the program worldwide in the coming months.
“Managed services spending is expected to triple in the next few years, and with the recent integration of the IBM System x portfolio, Lenovo is well positioned to offer beneficial programs to new and existing providers,” Lenovo Enterprise Business Group vice president and general manager Brian Hamel said. “This new program will provide approved service providers with a simple, efficient and profitable means to deliver high-value services to customers.”
With Lenovo’s Kickstart program, service providers can defer payments for up to 120 days, and the Rent & Grow program mirrors IT payments to usage. There is also a Trade-In program available.
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