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Why IBM Stock Is More Attractive Without Cheap Servers

By Tim Beyers – Feb 10, 2014 at 9:30PM

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A $2.3 billion deal brings cash and lowers costs, which is good for IBM stock.

Last month's $2.3 billion deal to sell its x86 server business to Lenovo is bound to be good for IBM (IBM -0.33%) stock, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Why? Low-end servers are a tough business, and x86 servers -- based on the famed Intel design but also made by Advanced Micro Devices -- had been the low-end of IBM's business where many customers buy on price.

More broadly, it's arguable whether there's much of a market for entry-level servers when so many of the largest users of x86 or similar servers build their own. Think of Google, which not only has its own designs but takes pride in making them as cheaply as possible. IBM was never going to have much success selling into those sorts of accounts.

Bigger deals may also be harder to come by. IBM's hardware sales plummeted 26% in the fourth quarter, perhaps because customers have taken to purchasing computing as a service via cloud operators such as's Web Services group and Rackspace Hosting.

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