IBM's System x: History of the Iconic Server Line Lenovo Is Set to Buy

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-02-21

For more than a decade, IBM's System x architecture has provided the highest performance of any x86 servers in the industry, Big Blue claims. IBM engineers have continually redefined x86 by radically expanding the capabilities of x86 servers through leveraging the company's history of innovation. This innovation continues with the introduction of IBM's latest System x offering, the X6 architecture, designed to provide new levels of performance and resiliency to support cloud and analytics. Last month, IBM signed an agreement to sell its x86 server business to Lenovo for about $2.3 billion. This includes 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 will retain its System z mainframes, Power Systems, Storage Systems, Power-based Flex servers, and PureApplication and PureData appliances. IBM will continue to develop its Windows and Linux software portfolio for the x86 platform. This slide show takes a look at the history of the IBM System x architecture as IBM gets ready to let go.


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