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The Slow Decline of Unix and Its Effect on Technology Vendors

Published: 15 November 2013

ID: G00258068

Analyst(s): Matthew Cheung


Following unprecedented changes in recent years, the Unix market has slipped into a long and deep downward spiral. Unix hardware, software and integrated system vendors need to prepare an exit strategy based on Linux and Windows and attacking their competitors' installed base.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • A 10% Drop in Five Years
  • Vendors Must Act Now

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The Unix OS market shrank 6.5% in 2012, and its ongoing decline will heighten competition among Unix vendors in the future
  • As the Unix market shrinks, customer demand will shift ISVs' and IHVs' support priorities and OS release cycles
  • End-user organizations' growing preference for Linux and Windows on the x86 platform will increasingly shape vendors' software, hardware and services

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