Earlier this year, IBM announced plans for Lenovo to acquire IBM’s x86 server business. The full package includes System x, BladeCenter and FlexSystem blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.
Both companies had been mostly quiet following the announcement, stirring up speculation about whether or not it was a done deal. But just a few weeks ago at IBM’s Edge2014 conference, the silence was broken. IBM announced that they were moving forward with the acquisition and are expecting it to be complete by the end of the year. Now that we’re all clear on what’s happening, lets talk about what it means in our world.
Reinvigoration - Lenovo will bring a new perspective to the product line while reinvigorating the category. Known for rapid innovation and speed to market, Lenovo will continue to build and perfect the x86 portfolio. We at Dynamix are looking forward to partnering with Lenovo and continuing to provide this product suite to our client base.
Competitive Pricing - This isn’t the first Lenovo acquisition. The 2005 IBM PC deal was a huge success for Lenovo and, with more competitive pricing, a win for consumers as well. We can expect much of the same from the x86.
Focus - With the x86 divestiture to Lenovo, IBM will concentrate on system and software innovations, such as cognitive computing and big data. This focus will bring our clients the products and services they have come to expect from Big Blue.
Integration - Even under Lenovo, this server suite will continue to work seamlessly with IBM software. Continuing to allow partners, like us, to deliver value through our managed services and software solutions.
As for Dynamix, this acquisition will broaden our portfolio of server partners, giving us more opportunities to provide our clients with the best IT solution to fit their unique needs.
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