IBM Tries To Quell Partner And Customer Uncertainty
Rumors on the fate of IBM's x86 server business leading up to the official announcement were taking their toll on IBM. The uncertainty, IBM acknowledged, had hurt its server business that was losing market share to Hewlett-Packard. While confirmation of the official sale put to rest the rumors, uncertainty over the logistics of the deal began to mount.
Following the news of the pending sale, IBM and Lenovo both set out to quell partner concerns, assuring them that IBM's entire x86 team (manufacturing, service, support, sales, R&D, and manufacturing plants) would be going to Lenovo.