Uncertainty over sale of IBM server division to Lenovo due to security concerns
Is this massive deal going down the tubes at the eleventh hour? For very long now the success of this major deal has been debated.
The fate of the deal to sell the IBM division of low end servers to the Chinese firm Lenovo is now unclear due to a US government investigation over issues of national security, claims a news story in the Wall Street Journal, coming from reliable sources.
Senior American security officials and members in the Committee of Foreign Investment in the US fear that the x86 IBM servers, used in communication networks and data centers that support Department of Defense networks, will become exposed to remote access and harm by Chinese spies. The news story in the Wall Street Journal says the government fears further that server clustering may then occur and super powerful uber-computers will then be assembled.
The deal was publicized in January, a decade after Lenovo purchased ThinkPad’s operation for $1.75 billion.