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CRN: Intel-Sun Rift Helps IBM's Monterey

Mar 25, 2000, 20:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"IBM Corp. is taking advantage of the rift between Intel Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. to promote Monterey, the company's first Unix for Intel offering."

"IBM's Monterey, an enhanced version of IBM AIX for Intel's IA-64 platform, will go head-to-head against Solaris for Intel IA-64 in the Unix marketplace. Monterey is IBM's first stab at the Wintel space since its ill-fated OS/2 operating system."

"IBM, for example, will face a major marketing challenge as it attempts to portray itself as a technology-neutral software partner even as it ships its new Unix for Intel OS and new RISC and Power-based hardware. IBM has also announced strong support for Linux and Windows 2000 on Intel's forthcoming platform."

""IBM is playing an opposing game. They want revenues from both worlds," said George Weiss, vice president and research director of Unix and midrange strategies at analyst firm The Gartner Group. "As long as IBM continues to market Power [architecture] systems and System 80, in direct competition to Intel, they'll be giving two messages out of the same mouth. ... Add Linux to the mix, another OS that IBM is championing, and you get a further-complicated message," Weiss said."

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