Guest of the Week (6/23/17)
Kirk Skaugen, Executive Vice President and President of the Data Center Group, Lenovo Group Ltd.
Congratulations Kirk! You are theCUBE’s Guest of the Week.
Lenovo Group Ltd. is working to make the hyperconverged data center a reality for the enterprise. Clarifying its growth intentions last week during the Lenovo Transform event in New York City, the company unveiled key products and an evolving mentality to drive adoption of its portfolio of server, storage, networking, software and data center services.
The company is trying to capture a piece of what Gartner predicts will be a $5-billion integrated systems market in 2019 — a market that includes legacy players like Dell Technologies Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Building on its x86 server business and the economy of scale that its famed PC business brings, Lenovo is driving the software-defined data center through enriching the customer experience.
“If you think about us as a company, we’ve acquired the x86 server business from IBM a few years ago, and we are also building off more than a decade of our China heritage for the ThinkServer business. So that’s combining the two together, driving to our next phase of growth,” said Kirk Skaugen, executive vice president and president of the data center group at Lenovo.
While at the Lenovo Transform event, Skaugen spoke with Rebecca Knight (@knightrm) and Stu Miniman (@stu), co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile livestreaming studio, and explained how the company is taking an extremely grassroots, customer-centric approach to redefining the data center through simplicity.