NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- IBM (IBM) will help Inspur International, China's largest server vendor, design server systems, the companies announced today, an unexpected development in what has been a politically charged rivalry in the Chinese technology market, Reuters reports.
Since last year Inspur has aggressively marketed its servers to Chinese state-owned firms as a replacement for IBM systems while U.S.-China relations have worsened dramatically over mutual suspicions of cyber-spying, Reuters said.
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The two companies made no mention of cyber-security today when they announced that IBM would make its DB2 database software and Websphere application software available for use on Inspur's line of K1 servers, Reuters noted.
Shares of IBM are flat.
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