For the second time in two months, HPE is buying a storage partner of Lenovo. This time it’s Nimble Storage. However, Lenovo declares the deal will have “virtually no impact” on its storage business, which is based in RTP.

“Lenovo is aware of today’s news regarding the planned acquisition of Nimble Storage by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Change is continuous in our industry, so our strategy and operations are highly agile. We can adapt quickly to any market developments,” Lenovo said in a statement shortly after the HPE deal was announced.

“Lenovo announced the alliance with Nimble in October 2016 and the relationship was in its early stages. As such, there is virtually no impact on either our customers or product portfolio.”

In January, HPE moved to buy SimpliVity.

The deals for the flash storage tech providers is part of HPE’s to gain market share in the so-called “hyperconverged” or hybrid IT market where it competes with Lenovo.

Lenovo said it has plans for capitalizing on the growing flash storage market.

“Going forward, we will expand our efforts to bring the compelling benefits of flash-based storage to our customers, both in traditional data center infrastructure and next-generation IT solutions. In fact, we plan to introduce new flash storage offerings later this year,” the company said. 

HPE said it would pay $1.09 billion in cash for Nimble Storage at $12.50 per share, a 45.3 percent premium over Nibme’s closing share price on Monday, according to Reuters.

HPE said it would pay $650 million for SimpliVity.