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IBM Power Systems Buyer's Guide

Nov 09, 2010, 12:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

"It isn't easy selling non-x86 equipment these days. According to IDC, that side of the server market has had five quarters in a row of decline -- while at the same time the x86 segment is picking up. On the IBM side, sales weren't helped by the fact that users were waiting for a new line of products.

""IBM experienced weakness in its Power Systems and System z servers as customers waited for the completion of a product refresh cycle for both product sets," said IDC analyst Jean Bozman.

"The release of the Power7 processor this year was accompanied by a new line of Power servers, which are broken out in the table at the end of this article. Now that these are on the market, IBM Power sales should pick up.

"But another factor may have been influencing sales. Two years ago, IBM brought its System i and p product lines under the IBM Power Systems umbrella."

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