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IBM's x86 Server Business Back On the Market 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-throw-it-on-ebay dept.
itwbennett writes "It was widely reported last year (including on Slashdot) that IBM attempted to sell off its x86 server business to Lenovo, which seemed logical as Lenovo had bought out the IBM's PC business a decade ago. However, the two firms could not come to financial terms and the deal was never struck. Well, the rumors have started up again, only this time Lenovo has some competition, as Dell and Fujitsu are now being thrown into the mix as possible suitors."
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IBM's x86 Server Business Back On the Market

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  • the rumors have started up again, only this time Lenovo has come competition, as Dell and Fujitsu are now being throw into the mix as possible suitors.

    Come one, that's just sloppy writing there. We can do better than "Lenovo has come competition" and "being thow into the mix".

    • Seconded.
    • by Hangtime (19526)

      To be fair to the editors, this is exactly how it reads in the source. The use of quotes is warranted and allows the editors to escape my wrath....this time..

      • The use of quotes is warranted and allows the editors to escape my wrath....this time..

        Wrath on, because an editor is supposed to mark such atrocities with [sic].

        That being said, the summary is now corrected to proper English, so I'm terribly confused.

        • Wrath on, because an editor is supposed to mark such atrocities with [sic].

          The submitter is supposed to write their own submission and not just copy-and-paste a paragraph or two from the article.

      • To be fair to the editors

        They're supposed to fix these things - that's why they call themselves editors.

        this is exactly how it reads in the source

        And submitters are supposed to write their own summaries:

        Please try to use your own words; if you're quoting another source, make that clear.

    • Come one, that's just sloppy writing there. We can do better than "Lenovo has come competition" and "being thow into the mix".

      See? That's what happens when you don't buy IBM Chipkill(TM) memories for extra error correction!

  • by bazmonkey (555276) on Tuesday January 21, 2014 @11:12PM (#46032325)
    Editors: not being able to proofread a few sentences is telling people "I want my job taken over by a computer program".
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
    • by TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) on Tuesday January 21, 2014 @11:19PM (#46032367)
      >Editors: not being able to proofread a few sentences is telling people "I want my job taken over by a computer program".

      No, this is quite intentional. Now there will be quite a few comments to the bad grammars -- which everyone can participate in [i.e. you don't need to know physics or electrical engineering] which generates activity, participation and ad impressions on the cheap.

      Oldest trick in journalism to foster activity, sadly.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        The oldest trick in journalism is a strategy that came into existence within the past several years?

        I guess The Internets have not only destroyed old journalism's business models, but eradicated any memory of the 200+ years of its existence.

    • As long as the computer gives me the paycheck, I'm more than happy for my job to be taken over by a computer program.

    • by couchslug (175151)

      They don't care because Dicedot makes money, and it's not as if standards matter any more since it ceased being a tech site.

  • What does IBM do anymore then?

    Intragalactic Bowel Movements?

    http://www.schlockmercenary.co... [schlockmercenary.com]

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by JCHerbsleb (2881347)
      Technically, they still have mainframes, System i, System P, etc. along with the various software platforms such as DB2, RACF, and the various BMC products. I think they are attempting to transform themselves into a "service" organization (similar to what HP is attempting) and divest the hardware / software while focusing on the consulting and outsourced support services.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        off of a PC business that IBM was not able to. Is it because USian workers are all lazy? You know what we really need to do is to give China the cream of the USAian elite managers. I think we should export all the Harvard school of management graduates along with all our intellectual property lawyers to China. Think of all the exponential improvements the Chinese economy would undergo. Sure the Chinese are great at making things, but they have no management skills. We need to help these poor Chinese o

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        IBM switched to services over a decade ago. They were the first and largest computer hardware vendor to do it, and other companies have been fruitlessly trying to emulate them. IBM's strategy is, AFAIU, actually studied in business school (anyone with a recent MBA care to chime in?), because they were one of the largest companies ever to successfully make such a fundamental switch to their business model, and their execution was near perfect.

        Yes, IBM still sells mainframes and other systems, but the actual

      • by unixisc (2429386)
        Isn't that more what Dell is doing? HP still has their usual servers, as well as their Integrity servers. But Dell is perfectly poised to transform into a pure services organization
    • It wasn't widely reported at the time, but Apple acquired their Itty Bitty Machines division several years ago. So, they don't even make phones and MP3 players anymore.

    • by msobkow (48369)

      Software development and management services are their big bread and butter nowadays, not hardware.

    • Lots of software: http://www-03.ibm.com/software... [ibm.com] . Click on W-Z to see all their WebSphere brand products:

      WebSphere Application Server
      WebSphere Business Compass
      WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration
      WebSphere Bigboote ("It's big-boo-TAY! TAY!")
      WebSphere Small Berries
      WebSphere Lord Whorfin
      WebSphere Many Jars
      WebSphere Littlejohn
      WebSphere O'Connor
      WebSphere Parker
      WebSphere . . . .

  • LOL (Score:1, Troll)

    by WindBourne (631190)
    IBM could easily keep this and be innovative. Sadly, it is ran by a bunch of MBA's who are only interested in running up stock prices.
    • by rubycodez (864176)

      IBM does not make innovation, they make money. commodity x86 server market is not the place to make money

      • by evilviper (135110)

        commodity x86 server market is not the place to make money

        The x86 server market doesn't have to be all "commodity". Look at a company like HP, who's NonStop and Tandem systems look likely to switch over to x86-64 processors in the near future.

        As long as you can maintain some simple value-add on your servers, the CPU architecture really doesn't matter. Apple figured that out on their desktops/workstations. Cray has that figured out in their supercomputers. And IBM... Wants as much vendor lock-in as they

    • by LWATCDR (28044)

      Not a whole lot of room for innovation in the sever space.
      Case design? Not really everyone uses racks.
      CPU? Not in the X86 space.
      Software? Linux, Windows, maybe BSD or Solaris.
      Servers == following standards.
      Once you get to the big iron running Power you have room for innovation.

  • Fujitsu is known for making some solid never fail tank style servers. I admin a few of these myself and didn't even realize the hardware vendor for many years until a cluster failover card failed and needed to be replaced. In this case it was a Fujitsu Sun system. I can only assume Fujitsu IBM systems would carry on the overbuilt stability minded servers you come to expect from an enterprise server like IBM.

    I can't say the same for the other two contenders.

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