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CRN: Q&A: Microsoft's Flessner Sounds Off On Competition

Jun 06, 2003, 23:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Paul Flessner, senior vice president of Microsoft's Server Platform Division, this week sat down with CRN Editor In Chief Michael Vizard and Industry Editor Barbara Darrow to discuss developments at the software vendor's Tech Ed 2003 conference here as well as competitive challenges from IBM, Linux and Oracle...

"CRN: At JavaOne, Sun Microsystems and the Java guys will say that they own all of the data centers and will now reach out all the way to handhelds and everything in between. One could argue that Microsoft owns that space and is chipping away at the data center. People in the marketplace listen to both arguments and say 'ho-hum.' They are comfortable with the split between Microsoft owning the collaboration/productivity front ends and Java owning transactional back ends. Why would anyone want to switch?

"FLESSNER: I wouldn't characterize Java as owning the transactional world. Sun has a big presence in the data center. We have a big presence in the data center. I think they've run most mission-critical applications in the past, and we're in what I call tier two and tier three--with mainframes and high-end Unix being tier one, [followed by] tiers two and three. The reality is, Linux has had a far more devastating effect on Unix than it has on Windows. The share for Linux is coming from Unix. We gained share this year, and Unix lost as Linux picked up. It's uncomfortable for a CIO today to be sitting on a RISC environment. The Intel platform has proven its economics and increasingly scaled up and out to everywhere I need between Linux and Windows. I'm totally fine competing in that kind of environment..."

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