Software revenue grew 8 percent, to $3.1 billion. The companys middleware products, including WebSphere and DB2, grew 9 percent. Joyce said that sales of the companys Informix database slid as customers moved onto IBMs flagship database management software, DB2, which grew 22 percent.In other software results, sales of Tivoli and Lotus dropped. On the hardware side, IBM saw revenue in its Unix-based pSeries, mid-range iSeries and Intel Corp.-based xSeries servers grow, thanks in large part to new innovations, Joyce said. For example, IBM introduced the 64-bit Power4+ chip into the p630 server and will appear in the p690 later this quarter, he said. IBM officials expect the zSeries business to improve with the release of T Rex, which Joyce said will bring new virtualization and automation capabilities and will enable users to consolidate their Unix, Linux and Windows platforms. IBMs Shark storage line also grew 22 percent, Joyce said. However, PCs dropped 5 percent. Senior Writer Lisa Vaas contributed to this article. Latest IBM News:
Ari Fishkind, a spokesman for IBM, stressed that Informix customers arent jumping ship. Rather, theyre gradually embracing other members of the DB2 family. "These are long-term relationships," said Fishkind, in Somers, N.Y. "The Informix product line is being refreshed. They also now have access to other members of the DB2 family. Theyre using other members of the family for whatever infrastructure needs they have, whether its managing content or whatever."