How We Got Here: Lenovo's Blockbuster IBM Server Deal


x86 Servers: Lenovo Sales Small But Growing

Lenovo shipped about 45,000 servers worth a total of about $85 million to Asia -- its largest market by far -- in the third quarter of 2013, research firm Gartner told CRN. Worldwide sales reached about $109 million, Gartner said.

In the U.S., Lenovo's server shipments grew about one-third to reach 8,000 units in the third quarter, up from about 6,000 units in the third quarter of 2012. Lenovo's North American revenue reached $20 million in the third quarter, up from about $15 million a year before, Gartner said.

For Lenovo, the acquisition of even part of IBM's x86 server business would give it instant credibility as a global enterprise vendor. It also would make it a much more formidable competitor to archrival Hewlett-Packard.