Lenovo UK closes IBM x86 deal and looks for growth

Having finally closed the acquisition of the IBM x86 server business Lenovo is now gearing channel partners up for growth

Lenovo has been able to start the year with IBM's x86 server business as part of its UK and Ireland operations ending an acquisition process that nearly all of 2014.

The closure of the deal happened on 1 October on a worldwide level but was delayed in the UK as both vendors worked together to ensure that there was a smooth transition for employees.

“We’re glad to formally welcome the IBM x86 team now joining Lenovo UK and Ireland. Our priorities are to deliver a seamless transition for customers and partners, while we accelerate our server business. We have big plans for the enterprise market and aim to repeat the success we’ve had in PCs”, said Marc Godin, vice president and general manager, UK and Ireland, Lenovo.

Since it first moved to acquire IBM's x86 server business in late January last year Lenovo has always talked up the potential benefits for channel partners that will have access to a broad range of server products and a firm committed to ploughing in R&D to keep developing the line.

“We’ve been working closely with IBM over the past few months to ensure a quick start of the x86 business following the closing of the transaction in UK and Ireland. We’re ready to compete vigorously for customers across every sector now that we have become one team”, said Darren Phelps, channel director, Lenovo.

Lenovo has its own server and storage line but is committed to sticking to the IBM x86 product roadmap, which includes Flex and x86-based PureFlex integrated systems. Big Blue is also going to continue to provide maintenance delivery to make sure that customers have a seamless transition.

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