Lenovo, With IBM and Motorola Deals, Caps Busy January

 
 
By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2014-01-31 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lenovo is sprinting into 2014, finishing up a January in which it moved more aggressively than any other tech vendor. Over the past four-plus weeks, the world's largest PC maker unveiled a range of consumer and enterprise products, from smartphones to servers. It reorganized to accommodate its growing business and product portfolios as it continues to fill out its PC-plus vision, a strategy aimed at becoming a top vendor in computing categories. In a finishing flourish, Lenovo announced it was buying IBM's low-end x86 server business for $2.3 billion and then, a week later, said it would spend $2.91 billion to acquire the Motorola Mobility handset unit from Google. In announcing the reorganization—and after the IBM deal but before the Motorola agreement was made public—Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanging gave his view in a statement: "Today, Lenovo is in one of the most important and exciting phases in our history. We are the number 1 PC company in the world. We are number 3 in Smart Connected Devices (PC, tablet, smartphone). And we just announced the intent to make an acquisition that will make us a significant competitor in the Enterprise space. … [We] are preparing our organization for the future. This way Lenovo can not only continue as the world PC leader, but become a true leader in the PC+ era."

 
 
 
  • Lenovo, With IBM and Motorola Deals, Caps Busy January

    by Jeffrey Burt
    1 - Lenovo, With IBM and Motorola Deals, Caps Busy January
  • Lenovo Becomes a Significant Server Player After IBM Deal

    Once the deal closes, Lenovo will go from being the sixth-largest server vendor in the world to number three, behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell.
    2 - Lenovo Becomes a Significant Server Player After IBM Deal
  • Making a Play in China

    As analysts have mentioned, Lenovo—with IBM's x86 server business in hand—will be able to rapidly grow its server business in its home country of China, a booming market where both HP and Dell are working hard to grow their presence.
    3 - Making a Play in China
  • Moving Forward Without IBM

    It will take as many as nine months to close the IBM deal. In the meantime, the two companies are still competitors, so Lenovo days after the agreement was announced unveiled four new ThinkServer products, including two rack servers—the 2U two-socket RD440 (pictured)—and the two-socket TD340 tower server.
    4 - Moving Forward Without IBM
  • Lenovo Also Unveils a DAS Enclosure

    The ThinkServer SA120 is a direct-attached storage enclosure that offers businesses a tiered-storage solution, featuring both 2.5- and 3.5-inch drive bays in a 2U enclosure.
    5 - Lenovo Also Unveils a DAS Enclosure
  • Lenovo Makes Strong Move Into Smartphones

    With its proposal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, Lenovo is making a $2.91 billion bet that it can be as good in smartphones as it is in PCs.
    6 - Lenovo Makes Strong Move Into Smartphones
  • Motorola Will Give Lenovo a Global Presence

    Lenovo already makes smartphones, like its K900, but much of those sales are in its native China. With Motorola, Lenovo will become a larger player in regions like North America, Western Europe and Latin America.
    7 - Motorola Will Give Lenovo a Global Presence
  • Introducing the Lenovo Vibe Z

    Among the company's smartphones is the Vibe Z, introduced in early January as Lenovo's first Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone that includes gesture controls and photo enhancement software. At the same time, Lenovo also rolled out three other smartphones.
    8 - Introducing the Lenovo Vibe Z
  • Growing From Two to Four Business Units

    Between announcing the deals with IBM and Google, Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanging said the company was reorganizing, with four new business units that focus on PCs, mobile devices, enterprise technologies, and the ecosystem and cloud services.
    9 - Growing From Two to Four Business Units
  • Lenovo PCs at CES

    As in past years, Lenovo was active at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), introducing new consumer PCs, including the Y40, Y50, Z40 and Z50 (pictured) clamshell laptops, and the C560 all-in-one (AIO) PC.
    10 - Lenovo PCs at CES
  • Mobility Is a Key Point for Lenovo

    Also at CES, Lenovo unveiled additions to its portfolio of "multimode" products: the MIIX 2, a detachable three-mode laptop (pictured); the Yoga 2 convertible laptop; and the Flex 14D and 15D dual-mode convertibles.
    11 - Mobility Is a Key Point for Lenovo
  • Growing the Ultrabook, Tablet Lineups

    Lenovo is embracing new form factors, and at CES, unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 12-inch Ultrabook (pictured) and the ThinkPad 8 Windows tablet. There also was the OneLink Dock Pro, an enhanced docking solution for tablets.
    12 - Growing the Ultrabook, Tablet Lineups
  • Lenovo on Display

    Also at CES, Lenovo rolled out its new ThinkVision Pro2840m (pictured), a 28-inch 4K professional display, and the ThinkVision 28, an ultra-high-definition monitor that also is an Android-enabled entertainment center.
    13 - Lenovo on Display
  • Lenovo and the Personal Cloud

    Lenovo at CES came out with a number of consumer devices aimed at enabling users at home to connect and interact with their media and content. The devices included the Beacon personal storage device, N308 Android home computer, Horizon 2 Table PC and A740 AIO PC (pictured).
    14 - Lenovo and the Personal Cloud
  • Expanding Its Network Storage Reach

    LenovoEMC, a partnership with storage giant EMC, debuted the px4-400d Network Storage offering, a four-bay desktop network-attached storage (NAS) device, aimed at early adopters, small and midsize businesses, and workgroups with up to 75 users.
    15 - Expanding Its Network Storage Reach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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