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EC Is Asking Questions about IBM’s Mainframe Business

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IBM may be starring down the barrel of an EC investigation of its precious mainframe business.

The commission has sent Big Blue a questionnaire asking for details about its mainframe business practices, according to both Bloomberg and Dow Jones, and questionnaires have a way of leading to formal investigations.  

The EC is asking because of the complaint that Platform Solutions Inc (PSI) made against IBM last October.  

PSI reportedly told the EC that IBM won’t give it the interface information and licenses it used to give plug-compatible makers when there were plug-compatible makers. IBM is the only remaining mainframe maker and PSI alleges monopoly abuse.  

PSI is a would-be competitor with a so-called Itanium-based Open Mainframe that can run IBM’s z/os – as well as Windows, Linux and Unix – only IBM is attempting to block it from marketing the thing.  

The start-up, which is funded by Intel and Microsoft among others, also has a major antitrust suit lodged against IBM with the US courts in answer to IBM’s suit charging PSI with patent infringement, a charge it made without examining PSI’s machine.  

The PSI suit echoes the allegations made to the EC.  

IBM may be in something of a pickle since back in the 80s it promised both European and US regulators that it would always make what PSI wants available to competitors to end what was the mother of all antitrust actions.


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