Lenovo to Acquire IBM’s x86 Server Business


Lenovo and IBM have entered into a definitive agreement in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server business.

This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. IBM will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances.

Lenovo and IBM plan to enter into a strategic relationship which will include a global OEM and reseller agreement for sales of IBM’s industry-leading entry and midrange Storwize disk storage systems, tape storage systems, General Parallel File System software, SmartCloud Entry offering and elements of IBM’s system software portfolio, including Systems Director and Platform Computing solutions.

Until the agreement is completed, IBM Business Partners should continue to work with IBM under the same agreements currently in place. This means that they should still actively pursue opportunities, close deals with their clients and place orders.