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IBM in EU Antitrust Probe Over Mainframes

Jul 27, 2010, 20:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"IBM is facing regulatory scrutiny from the European Commission, which launched two separate antitrust investigations into Big Blue's mainframe business.

"The scrutiny comes in spite of the market's relative size. Citing IDC numbers, IBM (NYSE: IBM) noted that mainframes account for only 0.02 percent of total server sales. However, mainframes also account for close to 10 percent of server revenue.

"IBM also continues to work on refining and enhancing its offerings in the category, most recently introducing its newest mainframe, the zEnterprise. With the launch, IBM integrated management of the mainframe with its x86 and System p RISC-based servers, allowing zEnterprise to act as a central management controller for a virtualized network across mainframe, Unix and x86 environments."

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