Exciting News: IBM Announces Planned Sale of System x Product Line to Lenovo

Datatrend is excited about the announcement that Lenovo and IBM have entered into a definitive agreement today, in which Lenovo plans to acquire IBM’s x86 server business.

Here are some of the highlights:

Under the agreement, Lenovo plans to acquire IBM’s System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex 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 Symphony.

Following the closing of the transaction, which is expected to occur in six to nine months, Lenovo will assume related customer service and maintenance operations. IBM will continue to provide maintenance delivery on Lenovo’s behalf for an extended period of time, so customers should see little change in their maintenance support.

While the transaction is being completed, both companies expect no change in their independent, existing server operations, including customer service and product availability. Following the closing of the transaction, Lenovo will assume related customer service and maintenance operations, and IBM will continue to provide maintenance delivery on Lenovo’s behalf for an extended period of time.

Lenovo is the world’s largest PC company and a leader in mobile devices and tablets, as well. Their singular focus on the x86 space innovation and development, and their ability to manage the complexities of this commoditized market, bodes well for this product line.

At Datatrend, we are excited about this sale of System x and the opportunities it will provide. We expect the transition to be seamless and the offerings to only get better.

For now, it remains business as usual. There is no change in the quality of product, service and thought leadership that you have grown to expect from Datatrend and IBM.

Thank you for the business you do with Datatrend. Again, if you would like any additional information about this acquisition, we are happy to discuss directly.

Here is the IBM Press Release

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