Lenovo and database firm EnterpriseDB have formed a partnership to promote the combination of the Postgres Plus Advanced Server database running on Lenovo's server systems, aiming to offer performance gains and cost savings to buyers.
Announced today, the move will see the two firms collaborate on go-to-market plans and work together with a global network of their respective reseller partners.
The focus of the joint marketing will be to push the combination of Lenovo server hardware and Postgres Plus Advanced Server, which the two firms claim will deliver the performance and scalability that businesses require to power today's data-intensive, mission-critical workloads.
In particular, Lenovo's X6 enterprise servers built on the Intel Xeon E7 4800/8800 v2 family processors provide faster database performance thanks to the latest memory technologies and low latency storage options, according to Lenovo.
Lenovo acquired the x86 server division of IBM last year, which catapulted the firm into the position of being the third-largest server vendor globally almost overnight, adding IBM's highly regarded System x and BladeCenter server lines to its own ThinkServer brand.
Meanwhile, the Postgres Plus software from EnterpriseDB extends the open source PostgreSQL database tool with enterprise-class performance, security and manageability enhancements, according to EnterpriseDB.
Matt Barkovitiz, director of alliances for Lenovo's Enterprise Systems Group, said that database management systems are often the most expensive component of the infrastructure stack needed to run applications, and that the partnership with EnterpriseDB will enable them to reduce this cost for customers.
"The combination of Postgres Plus and System x infrastructure optimises price-performance for our joint customers in their hardware upgrades and expansions, and will help strengthen Lenovo's position in the global server market," he said.
Ethan O'Rafferty, vice president for alliances and channels at EnterpriseDB, said that the problem has ironically come down to the growing number of compute cores in server processors, which can hit customers with a huge hike in licence fees if they upgrade their hardware.
"Postgres Plus optimises price-performance for Lenovo customers while taking advantage of the X6 servers' scalability to eight sockets. With its global reach and operational excellence, Lenovo is a powerful partner for EnterpriseDB," he said.
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