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IBM Sets Aside Rivalry to Partner With China’s Inspur

International Business Machines Corp. formed a partnership with Inspur Group Ltd. after the Chinese company tried to lure away customers with its “IBM to Inspur” marketing campaign.

IBM’s database and WebSphere software will be used on Inspur’s servers, which are the first high-end hardware to be wholly developed and produced by a Chinese company. Inspur also will be using IBM’s Power8 chips to help design its own systems, the companies said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.