On October 1, Lenovo completed the acquisition of the IBM System x product line in over 20 countries including the U.S., and now owns and sells the System x, x86 BladeCenter and x86 Flex System brands, along with associated software and maintenance operations. While Lenovo is well known for its PC and mobile businesses, this acquisition makes the company a prominent player in the worldwide x86 server market.
Here are a few interesting facts around the transition:
- Lenovo and IBM have had a strategic partnership since 2005, when Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC business.
- Adding IBM x86 to Lenovo’s existing hardware business moves Lenovo from number six to number three in the x86 hardware worldwide market share.
- The IBM branding will continue to be used for one year, but Lenovo hasn’t made any branding decisions for after the year is over.
How does the acquisition benefit you?
IBM and Lenovo have teamed up successfully before, and are expected to continue to build on their strong partnership to benefit both companies as well as their clients. Lenovo’s supply chain and extensive distribution channel, combined with IBM’s innovative product designs and patents, will continue to provide Sirius clients with superior x86 server solutions, support and benefits.
Watch Lenovo’s video below about discovering the new System x.