For Lenovo: Converged Infrastructure
Once the deal closes, Lenovo will be knocking on enterprise account doors, and knocking heads with HP and Cisco, with a new converged infrastructure business.
Converged infrastructure, which combines server, storage and networking resources under a single management solution, is a fast-growing business. IDC in October reported second-quarter 2013 revenue for the worldwide converged infrastructure market grew 50.2 percent over revenue for second-quarter 2012 to reach $1.3 billion.
Lenovo's future in this market will come from IBM's Flex System converged infrastructure family of blade servers with integrated storage and server technologies. Lenovo will gain IBM's x86-based Flex technology, but not its Power-based Flex.