IBM to Benefit from Unix Server Market Growth

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted January 3, 2012

The Unix operating system, and the servers which provide the base to run it, are still the heart of many of the world's mission-critical enterprise data center infrastructures. As reported on CRN there is still plenty of life and growth in the business, although for the foreseeable future that growth will be enjoyed only by IBM (NYSE:IBM).


"And, despite multiple predictions for years of its gradual fade away to obscurity as newer generations of companies and employees come to market with Windows or Linux experience, the Unix market is still growing.

"Indeed, analyst firm Gartner in late November reported that, while the number of RISC processor-based servers, the platform on which Unix typically operates, dropped a slight 6.8 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period a year ago, the revenue for those servers actually rose 3.5 percent.

"That rise in Unix server revenue compared to the decline in volume is good news in that it shows a rise in average selling prices. This indicates that enterprises are purchasing increasingly powerful servers to run Unix applications, providing higher performance needed both for new and upgraded applications as well as for increasingly virtualized application environments."

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