Transitioning x86 to Lenovo

Information for IBM Clients and Business Partners

A snapshot of the planned transition of x86 servers

Why are we transitioning x86 to Lenovo?

IBM believes that Lenovo’s proven strengths in scalability, operational efficiency and a broad channel presence – combined with IBM innovation – will deliver a win for IBM’s x86 clients and Business Partners. IBM’s strategic alliance with Lenovo spans decades, and has enabled us to collaborate in developing and delivering high-value solutions.

Which products will go to Lenovo?

Lenovo will acquire System x racks and towers, x86 BladeCenter and x86 Flex System blade servers and integrated systems -- plus associated software, switching and maintenance operations. IBM will retain System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage, Power-based Flex servers and PureApplication and PureData Systems.

How will the transition work?

Until the agreement is complete, IBM and Lenovo will continue to operate independently. IBM will work with its x86 clients and Business Partners under current agreements. Once the transaction closes, IBM will work to ensure a seamless transition, and it is expected that our x86 leadership will join Lenovo.

For more information, please contact your IBM Sales Representative or Business Partner

Adalio Sanchez, General Manager, IBM x86 and PureSystems Solutions

Adalio Sanchez discusses the details of the proposed x86 acquisition and what it means for IBM clients and Business Partners.

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​A personal message from Adalio Sanchez on the proposed transition to Lenovo.

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IBM x86 GM talks about the future with Lenovo

​An interview with Adalio Sanchez on the future of x86.

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IBM and Lenovo execs answer questions about x86

Answers to media and analyst questions.

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Additional resources

Nick Maneri, Vice President, IBM Technical Support Services

Hear Nick Maneri discuss x86 service and support during and after the transition to Lenovo.

Jeff Howard, Vice President, IBM PureSystems and BladeCenter


Hear Jeff Howard discuss IBM and Lenovo’s joint commitment to integrated systems.

IDC analysts optimistic on pending acquisition of IBM x86 business

IDC Link says the transition is “accelerating [IBM’s] strategy” to focus on software, services and “the emerging 3rd Platform.”


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Brian Connors, Vice President, IBM Worldwide Server Development and Lab Services


Hear Brian Connors discuss future plans for the x86 marketplace.

FAQs for x86 Clients

Answers to questions that x86 Business Partners may have about the transition of the x86 business to Lenovo.

Learn about Lenovo

Get regular updates about this leading global technology company and its commitment to the x86 server business.


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Bob Galush, Vice President, IBM System x Marketing


Hear Bob Galush discuss IBM’s HPC capabilities as they relate to the x86 transition to Lenovo.

Lenovo’s statement on the x86 transition

Background and information from Lenovo about the proposed transaction.


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FAQs for x86 Business Partners

Answers to questions that x86 Business Partners may have about the transition of the x86 business to Lenovo.


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IBM's Direction for PureSystems

Learn about IBM's commitment to the PureSystems family of expert integrated systems.

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