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InternetWeek: Users: There's Safety In RISC

Mar 20, 1999, 16:53 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"As Intel detailed its new architecture for building eight-processor systems last week, PC vendors touted their new class of Pentium servers as a viable alternative to RISC."

"We're already dependent on servers with three times that many CPUs," said company president Barry Shein. "SGI has been shipping systems with 128 and more CPUs for at least a couple of years now."

"Windows NT remains very weak on reliability, is still relatively closed and is at Microsoft's mercy for new capabilities," said Don Rolph, manager of the advanced analysis and computational development lab at Texas Instruments. "Linux is more appropriate for low-cost, high-reliability systems."

"Dataquest's Brown agreed that Windows 2000 will be a gating factor for Intel. "Intel servers can't pierce the RISC/Unix space because they have inadequate OSes," he said."

"Operating system vendors are scrambling to release more robust operating systems for Intel, with 64-bit versions of Windows 2000 and Unix scheduled for next year. Last week, SCO announced UnixWare 7 Data Center Edition, which the company said provides 99.99 percent availability, or roughly one hour of downtime per year."

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