IBM has staked a for-sale sign outside its software-defined networking (SDN) business as part of its ongoing strategy to offload non-core assets, according to a report.
Cisco, Dell, HP, Juniper and Fujitsu are among those IBM has approached, the report said.
According to the sources cited by Re/Code, IBM sees SDN, just like x86 servers, as non-core as it continues to push aggressively into services and cloud computing. The technology goliathy recently nailed its colours to the cloud mast by investing $1.2bn in building 15 new datacentres to expand its cloud business.
Although the software-defined market has been tipped for take-off - with VMware splashing $1.26bn on SDN player Nicira in 2012 - it appears IBM doesn't have the appetite to pour money into what is still a nascent market that will require heavy investment.
The SDN unit is not seen as strategically important by IBM, according to a source cited by Re-Code.
Just like the x86 sale to Lenovo, which took at least nine months to conclude, price may be a stumbling block, with one executive describing the $1bn price tag as "pretty optimistic".
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