If the deal is approved, the $2.3 billion blockbuster sale of IBM's low-end server business to Lenovo would create a new x86 server behemoth. Lenovo would become the world's third largest x86 server maker -- behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell -- with 11 percent market share, according to research firm IDC.
According to Lenovo, the deal will take six to nine months for regulatory approval. In the interim, IBM and Lenovo partners are asking soul-searching questions about how exactly their business might change.
Here, IBM and Lenovo executives answer media and analyst questions during a conference call.