Lenovo, which is best known for its line of ThinkPad notebooks, is looking to enter the worldwide x86 server market for the first time with five new server systems that will be now called the Lenovo ThinkServer line. In order to build the Lenovo ThinkServer line, Lenovo signed an agreement with IBM to license some of its intellectual property. In the x86 server market, Lenovo is looking to compete against HP, Dell and, to an extent, IBM.
which has been expanding its line of notebooks and desktops since the beginning
of the year
, will now try to carve out a piece of the x86 server market for
itself with a line of systems called ThinkServer.
At the 2008 Interop conference in New York,
which starts Sept. 16, Lenovo will preview five new ThinkServer servers. While
Lenovo is new to the worldwide x86 server market, it plans to concentrate its
first efforts on selling servers to small and midsize businesses and midmarket
The first of these ThinkServer systems, whose starting price begins at $749,
will go on sale Sept. 30, according to Lenovo.
In order to design and create these ThinkServer systems, Lenovo
signed a licensing agreement with IBM in January that gave Lenovo engineers access
to Big Blue's intellectual property.
Lenovo and IBM have a close working
relationship since IBM sold Lenovo its Personal Computer Division, which
included the ThinkPad and ThinkCentre brands, in 2005 for a total of $1.75
billion. While Lenovo has sold servers in its home base of China,
some analysts believe that IBM's intellectual property will held reassure
customers that these new systems can handle specific workloads.
The move into the x86 server market is a way for Lenovo to round out its
hardware offering beyond its ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops for
the enterprise. Since the start of 2008, Lenovo has expanded into the consumer
notebook and desktop market with a new line of PCs. In the last month, the
company also began offering a low-cost laptop, or "netbook."
While the ThinkServer line will help round out Lenovo's offering, especially
in the SMB and midmarket space, the
company is entering a field that is already heavily saturated with servers from
the likes of Hewlett-Packard and Dell
. To an extent, Lenovo is also now
competing with IBM, which offers SMB servers
within its System x line.