Not all is Superfish at Lenovo. With only 140 days left until Microsoft (MSFT) stops supporting Windows Server 2003, Lenovo is offering additional resources for channel partners to help customers migrate from Microsoft (MSFT) Windows Server 2003 to its System x and ThinkServer platforms running the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.
The vendor, which already maintains a Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Program in North America that features discounts on ThinkServer configurations, incremental rebates on some TopSeller and System x configurations, co-marketing tools and Windows Server 2012 R2 licenses, now is adding special financing through Lenovo Financial Services with no payments for up to 90 days and demo evaluation units to its lineup.
Channel partners also will be able to access technical whitepapers on OS and applications migration, sales tools and customizable customer collateral, Lenovo said. The Lenovo Windows Server 2003 End of Support Migration Program is available now to channel partners officials said.
Lenovo said the idea is to equip channel partners to help their customers establish a more secure, efficient and compliant IT infrastructure that protects their data and runs their business more efficiently.
“Working with Microsoft, Lenovo's unique approach to Windows Server 2003 migration enables our channel partners to provide their value add services to their customers,” said Chris Frey, Lenovo North America Commercial and Channel business vice president.
“These services include detailed assessments, migration and integration,” he said. “Combined with Lenovo’s robust suite of training, tools, marketing, and financing, these offerings will greatly benefit our collective end users.”
Jordan Chrysafidis, Microsoft U.S. OEM vice president, said Lenovo’s Windows 2003 End of Support offering provides opportunities for channel partners.
“Microsoft and Lenovo have a history of bringing breakthrough products and programs to our customers and channel partners,” he said. “Today’s program announcement is the latest example. Lenovo’s innovative ThinkServer and System x portfolio, together with Windows Server 2012 R2, provides a powerful solution that addresses a critical customer need while creating new opportunities for our channel partners.”
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015.