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Other vendors throwing in the towel interestingly mean AIX will continue on much longer. The UNIX(r) market is shrinking, but high margin. HP-UX and AIX are the only UNIX(r) choices, and IBM is a much more stable entity. IBM has a pretty solid strategy with [Open]POWER embracing Linux while continuing to sustain i and AIX. AIX is both less sticky and compelling than i, but nonetheless 27 years to grab niches like DBs and large sw suites mean it will be around for at least another decade.

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