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ServerWatch: Enterprise Unix Roundup: Is AIX a Big Blue Canary?

Oct 23, 2004, 09:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy Newman, Michael Hall)

"It's earnings reporting season. While we at Roundup tend to avoid all things financial beyond the occasional link to more comprehensive coverage, IBM's third-quarter earnings struck a chord with us.

"Despite a hefty one-time $320 million charge that flattened net earnings, Big Blue brought in a profit of $1.8 billion. Without the one-time charge, IBM's third-quarter profit from continuing operations would have been about $2 billion.

"IBM attributes the strong showing to currency exchanges and continued strong sales in its hardware division. And, indeed, hardware sales were strong for its xSeries (Intel x86) and zSeries (mainframe) server lines. However, they were less stellar in its Unix lines..."

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