When IBM sold its desktop and laptop PC business to Lenovo nine years ago, it held on to its x86-based server business. But now, IBM doesn’t see the x86 server business as a growth area anymore, and now they’re interested in selling that to Lenovo, too.
Here’s a disconcerting little tidbit: While IBM’s x86 server sales dropped 9%, its mainframe sales increased 7%.
It’s possible that it just means there are too many companies producing x86 servers. It’s also possible that companies would prefer to buy both their server-room and end-user hardware from the same vendor, so reuniting the two businesses under Lenovo’s ownership might prop the server business up a bit more.
But the analysts cited in the Ars Technica article suggest that the IT sector as a whole is slowing down, and IBM’s server business troubles are just an indication of that.