Lenovo has launched a new product line called ThinkAgile CP that consists of Lenovo ThinkSystem hardware and Cloudistics software for what it calls a \u201ccomposable cloud,\u201d or cloud-in-a-box, where the attributes of cloud multi-tenancy are available to organizations behind their firewall.\nBasically it\u2019s a hyperconverged system preconfigured to work right out of the box and operate inside a data center much like a cloud service provider. Compute, storage, and networking are designed to connect to the ThinkAgile CP Cloud Controller, which in turn lets an IT administrator spin up multi-tenant provisioning. Software-defined compute, storage, and networking can be achieved in just a few clicks.\nThe ThinkAgile CP Series features fully integrated high availability, backup, remote replication, usage metering, live help and support, and multi-layered, multi-tenant security. Its target market is midmarket and enterprise customers seeking to take advantage of agile development methodologies using a private cloud ecosystem rather than the public cloud.\n\nThinkAgile CP offers preconfigured, or curated offerings; organizations can also compose their own applications. For example, a new database development environment can be spun up with just a click, and a complete DevOps environment is created.\nCloudistics CEO Najaf Husain claims his company\u2019s private cloud computing platform cuts down application deployment cycles by 90 percent, which translates to faster time to revenue.\n\u201cWe make private clouds as easy to use as the public cloud but with the control and performance enterprise customers want. Our partnership with Lenovo enables us to unleash a next-generation composable cloud platform to the market that is easy to implement, deploy, operate, maintain and support,\u201d he said in a statement.\nManagement of the ThinkAgile CP is performed through the Cloud Controller, a SaaS-based portal that allows admins to manage their ThinkAgile CP environment from anywhere.\nWhat is a composable infrastructure?\nWhat exactly is a \u201ccomposable infrastructure?\u201d It\u2019s a term that has been used by HPE, Cisco Systems and Dell EMC. Each has their own definition of it, but Lenovo\u2019s approach focuses on the cloud and application layer, with traditional hardware as the supporting infrastructure.\u00a0\nThere has been an effort for some time by the big hardware vendors to provide a cloud-like environment on-premises. Of course, they can\u2019t duplication the flexibility of spinning up new hardware like Amazon and Microsoft, but they can offer many similarities on the software side. Rackspace and HPE have been particularly aggressive in this space, with Rackspace offering colo for burst capacity when needed.\nLenovo has been silent for too long and has lost ground to Dell, HPE, and white box vendors. It\u2019s good to see them back in the game, and Cloudistics adds a nice twist that the other guys don\u2019t have.