IBM, Lenovo trying to resolve US security concerns over a proposed $2.3 billion server deal

IBM, Lenovo trying to resolve US security concerns over a proposed $2.3 billion

Against the backdrop of US tech giant IBM's proposed $2.3 billion sale of its computer-servers business to China-based device manufacturer Lenovo Group, a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report released on Wednesday has disclosed that IBM and Lenovo are trying to address US security concerns over the proposed server deal.

The WSJ report has revealed that security issues pertaining to IBM's proposed sale of its x86 servers to Lenovo are being investigated by the US government. The servers which IBM is selling to Lenovo are chiefly used in US communications networks as well as in data centers which support the Pentagon's computer networks.

The investigation of the proposed $2.3 billion server deal between IBM and Lenovo was initiated by the US government authorities after it realized that the use of the servers in question was much more extensively in sensitive areas than previously perceived.

According to the WSJ report, the main concern being raised by the US security officials is that Chinese spies or hackers can gain remote access - or compromise through maintenance - the servers which IBM is selling to Lenovo.

However, IBM and Lenovo have asserted that the x86 servers underscore a low-end technology, and that most of these servers are made in China and contain Chinese parts. In addition, to assuage US security concerns, the two companies have also reportedly decided that the maintenance of the servers will be provided by IBM on Lenovo's behalf for an extended period after the sale.

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