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

IBM has finalized a deal to sell part of its low-end server business to Lenovo. CRN looks at the history of the deal and the impact it will have on partners.

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The Impact: EMC

EMC in August 2012 unveiled a strategic relationship with Lenovo under which EMC would offer its server expertise to Lenovo while Lenovo would provide servers to be used for building EMC's storage hardware.

Lenovo servers are now being designed with hooks to EMC software to make them better optimized for EMC's storage business than non-Lenovo servers. With Lenovo's purchase of IBM's x86 server business, all of a sudden EMC's storage software business could receive a huge boost in terms of addressable market.

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