October 27, 2014 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM finally went and did it and not only sold off its X86 server line so it could focus on Power Systems and System z mainframes, but it went the next logical step and got itself out of the chip making business. Both decisions were the inevitable consequences of deals long since done, and their consequences will be felt in the decade hence.
In the case of the System x division, IBM’s fate was sealed at the moment that it sold off its PC division to Lenovo Group nearly a decade ago. Big Blue had very sound financial reasons for