Why? Low-end servers are a tough business, and x86 servers -- based on the famed Intel design but also made by Advanced Micro Devices -- had been the low-end of IBM's business where many customers buy on price.
More broadly, it's arguable whether there's much of a market for entry-level servers when so many of the largest users of x86 or similar servers build their own. Think of Google, which not only has its own designs but takes pride in making them as cheaply as possible. IBM was never going to have much success selling into those sorts of accounts.
Bigger deals may also be harder to come by. IBM's hardware sales plummeted 26% in the fourth quarter, perhaps because customers have taken to purchasing computing as a service via cloud operators such as Amazon.com's Web Services group and Rackspace Hosting.
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