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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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Lenovo plans to acquire IBM's System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXTScale and iDataPlex servers, and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations.

The acquisition thrusts Lenovo into the upper echelons of the server business, battling Hewlett-Packard and Dell. Approximately 7,500 IBM employees, including those based at major locations such as Raleigh, N.C.; Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei, are expected to be offered employment by Lenovo, the companies said.

Lenovo and IBM also unveiled a strategic relationship that includes a global OEM and reseller agreement for sales of IBM's entry-level and midrange Storwize disk storage systems, tape storage systems, General Parallel File System software, SmartCloud Entry offering, and elements of IBM's system software portfolio, including Systems Director and Platform Computing solutions, the companies said.

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