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AsiaBizTech: IBM Japan's Netfinity Strategy Provides More Options, Manager Says

Sep 22, 2000, 18:18 (0 Talkback[s])

"Nikkei Windows 2000 interviewed Jiro Fujimoto, manager of IBM Japan's Marketing Management - Netfinity Product Management and Marketing group, on strategies for the PC server business. The following is a summary of his comments:"

"Users have changed their views on Linux as IBM Japan announced support for Linux on all types of servers. They apparently are starting to have more confidence in Linux, and are watching IBM's moves. We estimate that the sales of Linux servers will increase to 20 percent of total server sales in 2000."

"However, it's not appropriate to ask which is our main focus, Linux or Windows 2000. Different users seek to utilize various products -- what they want really differs depending on who they are, sales channels, price ranges of systems to be provided and other factors. What is important to users is a widening of the range of options. No matter what operating system users might choose, IBM can provide sufficient support."

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