China's Lenovo has entered the cloud infrastructure and services market with this week's acquisition of Stoneware. Stoneware is best known for its webNetwork software platform, a cloud network hosting environment for enterprises, primarily in the education and government sectors.
The first software-only company Lenovo has purchase, Stoneware offers a unified cloud platform designed to bring together private data center, public cloud and local device resources through a common webDesktop. According to the company, Stoneware customers serve "millions of users" using webNetwork.
By acquiring the cloud-service software provider, Lenovo is seeking to embed webDesktop into all of its laptop and tablet PCs and provide valued-added or option-for-purchase services such as storage, file sharing, work collaboration and other software through its own cloud. Lenovo calls this initiative PC Plus.
Lenovo wants to market these services in the education and government spaces, where Stoneware already has racked up most of its sales.