After selling off the consumer side of their PC business to Lenovo the other shoe has dropped for IBMs x86 business, they are going to (try and) sell the rest of the x86 offerings (and the BNT network switches they bought recently) to Lenovo as well.
The Lenovo announcement is here here: http://www.lenovo.com/ww/lenovo/pdf/announcement/E_099220140123a.pdf (the IBM website is silent on the matter at the moment) but basically it boils down to:
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Master Asset Purchase Agreement, the Company will acquire certain assets (the “Transferred Assets”) which include, among other things, the following assets at the Initial Closing and Subsequent Closings:
- certain enumerated hardware products (including “System x”, “BladeCenter”, “Blade”, “Flex System”, “Pure Flex” products and system networking products including “Blade Network Technology” and certain other related tangible properties);
- certain intellectual property rights in connection with the Business;
- certain transferred contracts that are related to the Business; and
- inventory of the Business consisting of System x products, including the “System x”, “BladeCenter”, “Blade”, “Flex System” and “Pure Flex” products and certain other system networking products including “Blade Network Technology”.
By my reckoning that’s all their Intel related gear (and the network switches they recently bought when they acquired BNT).
So with no more BlueGene series and now no x86 that really leaves IBM with just Power for HPC workloads. I wonder how that will work out for them?