Unix Server Sales Sink; IDC Cites a Perfect Storm

Friday May 28th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Enterprises are delaying new purchases because of the recession and because of the Oracle-Sun merger.

NetworkWorld: According to IDC, Unix server sales totaled $2.3 billion in the first quarter, accounting for 22 percent of total server sales. That percentage of the total has dropped 10.5 percentage points from where it was a year ago.

IDC's analysts pointed to three factors which led to the drop in Unix server sales: Enterprises put off replacing older servers because of the recession; they are waiting to see the results of the Sun-Oracle merger; and they are holding off because HP and IBM plan to release new products later this year.

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