Lenovo Completes Initial Closing for Acquisition of IBM’s x86 Server Business
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Armonk, New – 01 Oct 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that they have completed the initial closing for Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business under the terms described in their announcement on Monday, September 29, 2014.
Lenovo is acquiring 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. IBM retains its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances.
As part of the agreement, Lenovo and IBM have also established a strategic alliance where Lenovo will serve as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to IBM and will resell select products from IBM’s industry-leading storage and software portfolio. These include IBM’s entry and midrange Storwize storage product family, Linear Tape Open (LTO) products, and elements of IBM’s system software portfolio, including Smart Cloud software, General Parallel File System and Platform Computing solutions.
The transition will begin today in countries that are part of the initial closing, which includes most major markets. The transaction is expected to close in most other countries later this year, with the few remaining countries following in early 2015.