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Information Week: unix: Reliable, Scalable, Available, Indestructible

Oct 26, 1999, 18:19 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Depompa Reimers)

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"Windows NT has been hyped for some time as the next-generation enterprise operating environment, but Unix sales continue to be strong. That's based largely on customers' needs for reliability, scalability, high availability, manageability, and security-especially for critical applications..."

"Jonathan Eunice, an analyst at IT advisory firm Illuminata, makes this case for why Unix continues to sell well at the high end of the market: "Users can't buy terabyte-sized data warehouses or E-commerce systems that feature 100,000 transactions per minute on NT," he says..."

"No software developer wants to admit that it won't support any operating system its customers need. But IBM's Samant says most application developers can ill afford to support more than three or four versions of Unix. In three to five years, he predicts, the major Unix brands still standing will be Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX, Sun Microsystems' Solaris, and Monterey, a multivendor Unix on Intel and RISC effort led by IBM. "Linux will also be a factor," he adds."

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