IBM's decision to pull out of the router and switch market is already being felt by partners such as MMC Networks, which warned the move would hit its fiscal fourth quarter revenues.
MMC, which provides network processors to Big Blue, said IBM's plans (see earlier story) would mean a sequential decline in fiscal fourth quarter revenues of between five and 10 per cent. The company had forecasted that IBM's business would generate about 15 per cent of its total revenues in fiscal 2000.
Representatives from companies that provide OEM equipment to Big Blue, including 3Com and Xylan, were not available for comment at press time.
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