Lenovo, the world’s top PC manufacturer and a top provider of servers for data centers which operates one of its two executive headquarters in Morrisville and its sever group in the Triangle, is deepening its relationship with Raleigh-based Red Hat, the global leader in open source Linux development.

The Triangle tech neighbors disclosed the expansion of their business relationship Tuesday at the annual Red Hat Summit taking place in San Francisco.

Plus, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst delivered his annual keynote speech, strressing open source.

“Driving innovation means giving up control,” said Whitehurst, adding that “innovation rarely comes from the boardroom or executive suite, it comes much closer to the customer.”

He stressed open source – Red Hat’s key ingredient – as the future for development, according to Computer Business Review.

“For profit driven companies they are realizing that there is more value in being open and building ecosystems than locking it up (technology) and staying closed,” he said.

(Watch it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxUPvbKydFU )

Focus of the latest agreements is use of open source for data centers with telecommunications providers being a top target as the carriers move to embrace forthcoming 5G wireless broadband technology.

“We understand how important Open standards and integrated operability will be for data centers to support 5G and IoT [Internet of Things},” said Philippe Davy, ice president of Global Telco, for Lenovo. “Our Telco customers are on the cutting edge of this major industry disruption, and Lenovo is committed to delivering Open Platform@Lenovo and working with industry-leading partners to provide the foundation for next-generation data centers.”

The embrace of open source and Red Hat is not new, the companies having announced plans to work together on projects last year.

The new initiative will have Lenovo working directly with Red Hat to develop that software to support a cloud-based network function virtualization, or NFV. Lenovo plans to utilize Red Hat’s OpenStack offering in NFV.

“We look forward to working within the new Lenovo Open Platform@Lenovo (OP@L) framework to deliver the certified solutions that help Telco customers modernize their infrastructures, embrace new technologies, and deliver new services to their customers,” said Red Hat’s Darrell Jordan-Smith, vice president of telco.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Lenovo previously offered other Red Hat products such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Lenovo also announced it is becoming part of the Open Platform for NFV initiative.

“Working within the framework of the OPNFV and OCP communities, Lenovo is aggressively investing in product enablement, system architecture, and research and development to create the best user experience,” said Lenovo’s Brian Connors, vice president of Next Generation IT and Business Development, in the announcement.

“Together with Red Hat, a leading enterprise OpenStack provider, we’re helping reduce complexity and cost, while enabling even greater flexibility and value. Our engagement with the OPNFV project as a Platinum member will help accelerate development around NFV platforms for our shared service provider customers.”

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