The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2013

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IBM and Lenovo this spring held secret talks to discuss the possibility of Lenovo acquiring IBM's entry-level x86-based server business.

While IBM never confirmed such talks, Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing (pictured) later that month said the China-based computer giant is in "preliminary negotiations with a third party in connection with a potential acquisition" related to a "certain computer server business."

The talks eventually fizzled out over how IBM's server assets should be priced, and IBM in a July financial call said a "substantial second-half gain" it was expecting, probably a reference to such a sale, was put on hold.

Should such a deal have occurred, Lenovo would have jumped into the ranks of the top data center providers with not only a full line of x86 servers but also a line that would have been ripe for combining with storage technology from a partnership it signed last year with EMC.

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