As reported (CI No 2,043), IBM Corp has extended its OEM agreement with fault-tolerant supplier Stratus Computer Inc for another three years, although the fault-tolerant system builder says it doesn’t expect to get much more business as a result. IBM, which markets the Stratus line as its System/88 series, says sales of the boxes dipped by 56% in the third quarter, and accounted for just 7% of Stratus’s revenues for the same quarter. In the past, IBM sales have accounted for as much as 30% of the Marlborough, Massachusetts-based firm’s business. Stratus attributes part of the decline to an increase in its own direct sales of the machines, but IBM still has a need of fault-tolerant Unix System V.4 if it is to make any kind of mark in the enormous telecommunications market.
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