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WideOpenNews: Intel Closes In on Ecommerce Market [and Sun]

Feb 16, 2000, 20:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"Intel is stealing some of the limelight from Microsoft this week, and not just with news of groundbreaking chips. It appears that the bigger revelation at the Intel Developers Forum is a plan to give some of its partners some big competition. Intel apparently wants to be hardware king of ecommerce and the Net, an area that Sun has already successfully carved out for itself. The rise of Linux as a corporate OS just might offer Intel the edge it needs to give the Solaris maker a run for its money."

"The move to close in on Sun's market comes in the midst of sparring between the two companies over what appears to be a lack of enthusiasm, on Sun's part, to push Solaris onto the Itanium chip. The alternative rush to get Linux working smoothly on the IA-64 machines through the broadly supported Trillian project could be one of Intel's biggest trump cards.

Cal Braunstein, an analyst with the Robert Francis Group, told News.com that Linux is a factor in Intel's market shift. 'Now with Linux coming aboard and everybody buying into Linux as the next big wave here, I think Intel feels they now can put adequate pressure on Sun to say, 'You may have to reconsider your strategy.' '

While Intel's move into the ecommerce hardware market is news, it's not an isolated event. An earlier report this week from It-Director posited that IBM's main competitor is no longer Microsoft, but Sun. Big Blue, it said, is 'seeking to go after Sun's lucrative Internet market in any way possible. If it can get there with Windows 2000 or with AIX or with Linux it will do so.' "

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