RIM Said to Draw IBM Interest for Enterprise-Services Unit

Network of secure servers up for sale?

Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Research In Motion Ltd.’s enterprise-services unit has attracted the interest of International Business Machines Corp., according to two people familiar with the situation.

IBM made an informal approach about possibly acquiring the division, which operates a network of secure servers used to support RIM’s BlackBerry devices, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private. The business may be valued at $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion depending on the mix of assets included, according to Berenberg Bank.

James Sciales, a spokesman for Armonk, New York-based IBM, said the company doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation, as did Nick Manning, a spokesman for RIM.

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