IBM’s losing ground with Unix — and Oracle may follow

Big Blue is down 19.1 percent year-over-year for Q3 2013, something IDC attributes in part to the sales cycles softening in general as a market refresh approaches.

But most of IBM’s losses for the quarter, according to the report, are a symptom of the continued softening of the market for proprietary Unix solutions, like IBM’s Power servers running AIX.

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